Festival Fete presents Pam Laurenzo of BlackSheepDesigns, native Rhode Islander, skilled Librarian and most importantly, a talented vintage jewelry designer. Pam relocated to Connecticut, just outside the Rhode Island border ("still within shouting distance") but works as a librarian at Central High School in Providence.
Pam has been married to her husband Jay for almost 10 years (he enjoys metalsmithing and makes many of the findings (ear wires, headpins) she use in her designs). Together they have three children, age ranges 2-9.
Pam's pieces feature an amalgam of vintage materials – Lucite and glass beads, brass findings, buttons, tokens and coins. She is especially drawn to the “distressed” look, particularly patinated metals, rust, and oxidized finishes. She hand-applies patina solutions to her altered findings and seals the finish for long-lasting wear. However, the majority of her headpins and ear wires are crafted by her husband, an aspiring metalsmith.
Pam claims to be a treasure-hunter at heart…for her, sourcing the materials for her designs is half the fun! Her mother was a collector and they spent many hours together at yard sales, consignment shops, and antique stores…searching for unique and whimsical finds. Pam now spends many happy hours at New England warehouses and antique shops/shows, searching for unusual components for her designs.
Pam is a self-proclaimed unrepentant foodie and is equally happy dining at 5-star restaurants and chowing a hamburger at Haven Brothers. She loves inline skating and plans to join the roller derby someday.
Her musical tastes are all over the map...from 70s fromage to punk rock and she is a member of the "fantabulous" arts collaborative Arts in RI.
Pam's TIPS for Aspiring Artists
"Listen to that little muse inside your head. She'll tell you what to do. Everyone has a talent!"
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Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Happy Sunday :)
Festival Fete at Garden City Center is proud to be sponsored by Presenting Sponsor, Webster Bank along with RI Monthly, Whole Foods Market of Cranston, Natural Awakenings, Garden City Center and Robyn Ivy Photography.