It is a widely shared and fond memory— craft time at camp, sitting crosslegged on the floor in a circle of bunkmates, sifting through bright colors of yarn to make your very first friendship bracelet. How can one help but begin a lifelong fascination with handmade adornment after an experience like that? That’s how it started with Regina Pruss of Chain Chain Chained in Detroit.
If she’s not at a thrift store, once again sifting through odds and ends, looking for the perfect vintage pieces to add to her jewelry line, then she’s in the studio hammering copper wire, or gathering inspiration during her travels. Her most recent collection was influenced by a trip through Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
But Detroit is home. It is the time of the maker in the Motor City.
“Detroit is a great place to be an artist. The city in some sense is a blank canvas, because it’s in the process of trying to rebuild itself. As a creative person we all have a chance to define what this city is. I find that there is a lot of support from the community. The sense is that the rest of the country is rooting for Detroit. I think time and space is essential if you’re trying to be creative and we are lucky to have that in our city.” —Regina Pruss
I asked Regina what advice she’d give to her younger self if she could travel back in time. She said, “Don’t question yourself too much. You love doing this, so just keep at it.” At the end of the day, it’s about finding out what drives you and making it a part of your every day. Be it a hobby or a career, let your passion flow naturally in your life.