Meet the Artist …

Foremost in Regina’s early education was all the fiber arts and techniques learned from
her mother and aunts who were of European descent.  She uses so many of these techniques  today.

The Washington School for Secretaries gave Regina a good preparation for communication and writing skills which she uses in teaching, working with galleries, etc.  She feels closest to the Creator when searching the woods for just the right vines to begin her work.  The vines of North Georgia have been a real inspiration for each piece.  She considers them fibers since she can manipulate them into vessels and furniture, yet they have a uniqueness of their own.  Besides kudzu, Regina weaves with wisteria, grape vines, Virginia creeper, honeysuckle and bittersweet.

The artist’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and art centers nationally.  Her teaching includes thirteen years at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.  Additionally, she teaches at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, GA, local art centers and art camps. Students also come privately to her home/studio for one-on-one instruction in kudzu weaving.

Regina Hines at work

As Regina tells it:
“As a child I learned knitting, crocheting, weaving, etc.  Now I weave with kudzu and use crocheting, knitting, knotless netting as techniques with imported Irish waxed linen cord, crystals, gemstone beads, silver, brass, copper charms in several styles of necklaces and matching earrings.

Pam East taught me the addictive technique of making copper enameled beads so that I can do more of my work from scratch, which is so satisfying to me.

Kudzu weaving imparts to me a strong sense of the connection with the community of all basket weavers, past and present.  Experience is the best teacher.”

Organizations and Affiliations
American Craft Council | Arts Alliance of Georgia
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
Dahlonega Arts Council | Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts
National Basketry Organization | North Georgia Fiber Arts
Sharptop Mountains Arts Association