Pamela Love

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When I first saw Pamela at a fashion show with her stop-dead-in-my tracks tousled, earthy mane of hair, Peruvian-inspired poncho, mixed with some rock and roll black leather pants, I knew that I had to get up the nerve to do my SLU schpiel and get her for this site (and this was before I became aware of her looks-like-you-got-it-on-an-archeological-dig-in-Mexico jewelry – I wanted it all!). True to what I expected, when I came to do this interview, Pamela fueled my love for her kind of ’70s, natural, indigenous and eclectic style. Her clothes are unaffected perfection, whether in her vintage, floor-length Diane Freis hippie dress (I have been chasing after one for myself ever since) or in her Southwestern chunky cardigan and jeans. However, her curation of jewels, both ones that she has created and those she has picked up, is a virtual exhibit of her taste for authenticity and cultural mythology. Pamela’s fascination with archetypal, raw imagery permeates in her iconic claw bangles, raven skull necklaces, eagle talon earrings, and oversized crosses that she makes and equally, in everything she collects, from the geo ring she found at the airport to the Native American children’s arrow one. Pamela’s obsession with collecting does not end on her limbs – her apartment is an expose of her intense attraction to “curating.” (She says that when she was a child, she developed a compulsion to unite corresponding or like objects). Today, she lives amongst an explosion of fossils, crystals, afterlife iconography, and scientific and medical imagery (her dad was a surgeon) – it is an environment that reflects her originality and gives insight into the innerworkings of the mind of a creative virtuoso. Pamela’s jewelry resonates with a kind of shamanic thinking that drives her to spend the majority of her time “uncontrollably” making it. Each piece is a keeper, a collector’s item, it’s the kind that belongs to you.

If you like Pamela, you might also enjoy Chase Cohl, Liza Thorn, Erika von Petrin, Kristine Barilli, Carter Emmart, or J.D. Szalla.

  • mel

    she is really authentic! I love her story and how her inspiration is a reminder of her loved ones! Her jewlery is sick!! im def going to visit the fort greene thrift shop in bk!

  • kasia

    wow!This made my day!I was secretly waiting for interview with her//wow//this website is ammaazziinngg:)now I’m waiting to see interview with C.Mociun..her work is also very magical…

  • Toby Oliver Dean

    sooooooooo awesommmmmeeeeee

  • celia

    This post was very inspirational. You’re doing an amazing job elisa. love it!

  • Style Odyssey

    i’m delighted to see this video….to learn about the person behind her incredible designs.

  • Aria

    What a cool lady!

  • Nia

    My boyfriend got me the gold talon cuff for my birthday and I refuse to take it off. Pamela Love is an amazing artist and this video made my day!

  • Alicia

    I’ve always loved her jewelry, but I love her more as an artist now that I’ve gotten to see her in her element. Great interview.

  • Sadie

    I am so pleased! When I first discoved style like u I KNEW you had to feature Pamela, I was going to email you to suggest her.
    Best post yet!!

  • Jody

    So happy to see my favorite jewelry designer on here! I’ve bought so many of her pieces. It’s nice to get a peek into who she is.

  • Natalie

    Im a HUGE fan of Pamela Love, check out my blog for more info

  • Kelvin

    Love her!

  • Ariane

    Loooooove her! Oh my gosh such an amazing video! thank you!

  • Wrecked Stellar

    I’m glad I got to see her speak- she is amazingly rad. Love her aesthetic and I want her hair!

  • Naomi Melati Bishop

    I always know I loved her jewelry & the way she drapes herself, but after this SLU video, I discovered the magic of the woman behind the jewelry I covet so much. I’m convinced she’s my kindred spirit, or something like that. Everything she said echoes my every sentiment, especially about the fascination with how other cultures mourn & how her father’s death has influenced her jewelry collection–as it influences my jewelry choices as well. I also love how down to earth she is & how driven she is–with the launch of my own line, ALIOMI, I understand how you have to be pretty much obsessed. Also, the only deformity I wouldn’t mind is having more fingers for more jewelry. Wow, Elisa. Amazing. Really.

  • domonique

    GORGEOUS!!!! BEAUTIFUL WOMAN!!! love her style, vibe, and jewelry

  • Gabi

    Wow, she is like a rich stroppy teenager. So affected. Nice jewellery though

  • Fariha Róisín

    … And she’s still amazing.

  • mel

    pamela is incredible. we got the chance to sit down with her:

  • Quryous

    I really LOVEEEE her Diane Freis dress, and I’ve been on the hunt for a similar one ever since I saw this dress. :)

  • Justino

    Thank you so much for this lovely interview … I have an even bigger respect for pamela now

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