Donna Diddit's Profile

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My family's heritage is composed of engineers, designers, tinkerers, fabricators & one known luthier (I throw that in because I never know when someone is going to show up on my doorstep with an Achilles Puccinelli mandola because they read this).

We love solving puzzles of mind & material, which led me to a degree in Theatre Design/Scenography from the University of Kansas. Joyful is she with a blank sheet of graph paper & an HB .05 pencil! Working in theatre, film, & IT over the intervening 20 years, I am still a devotee of pencil to paper to product.

My 40 watt Epilog laser engraver is the power tool of the 21st century, but it requires a knowledge of materials & fabrication that comes from my traditional craftsman background. Experimentation & play are part of my process, as well as collaborating with other designers & craftsmen to create new works…

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  • Joined April 16, 2009

Favorite materials

found items, leather, wood, wood block print, 22K gold, oil paint, tempera paint, watercolor, etching, odd and unusual, photography

About

My family's heritage is composed of engineers, designers, tinkerers, fabricators & one known luthier (I throw that in because I never know when someone is going to show up on my doorstep with an Achilles Puccinelli mandola because they read this).

We love solving puzzles of mind & material, which led me to a degree in Theatre Design/Scenography from the University of Kansas. Joyful is she with a blank sheet of graph paper & an HB .05 pencil! Working in theatre, film, & IT over the intervening 20 years, I am still a devotee of pencil to paper to product.

My 40 watt Epilog laser engraver is the power tool of the 21st century, but it requires a knowledge of materials & fabrication that comes from my traditional craftsman background. Experimentation & play are part of my process, as well as collaborating with other designers & craftsmen to create new works outside of what I offer on Etsy.

Original designs which reference science, literature, & geek culture comes with the prerequisite to delve into the original source material for accuracy. I'll create or adapt vector graphics to be suitable for laser engraving (such as the heliocentric solar system engraving in Tycho Brahe's 'De mundi atherei recentioribus phænomenis').

Let me share a wee secret... research into original source material is a glorious scavenger hunt, revealing more enticing tidbits than those which appear here & providing the inspiration for future designs. I include links to some of the research in many of my item descriptions, posting much more during the design & fabrication process via Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.

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