Diana Ferguson's Profile

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[about me]

I'm an artist, designer and maker living in Phoenix, Arizona. I enjoy pushing the boundaries of what jewelry can be by experimenting with traditional materials and techniques (like precious metals, fusing, and chainmaille weaving) and alternative materials and techniques (like sculptured paper, the reactive metals and bronze clay). I've never met a metal combination I didn't like and I often delve into the territory of the lighthearted and unexpected when it comes to imagery. My goal is making you smile--whether you're wearing my jewelry, or gifting it!

My Petals to the Metal collection was inspired by my experiments with Origami folding,…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 21
  • Joined October 30, 2008

Favorite materials

alternative and precious metals, mould made cotton rag paper, acrylic paints, pigment inks, fiber, beads, metal clay

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DianaFergusonJewelry
The Art of Fashionable Adornment.

About

Welcome!

Enter my shop here:
http://www.dianafergusonjewelry.etsy.com.

[about me]

I'm an artist, designer and maker living in Phoenix, Arizona. I enjoy pushing the boundaries of what jewelry can be by experimenting with traditional materials and techniques (like precious metals, fusing, and chainmaille weaving) and alternative materials and techniques (like sculptured paper, the reactive metals and bronze clay). I've never met a metal combination I didn't like and I often delve into the territory of the lighthearted and unexpected when it comes to imagery. My goal is making you smile--whether you're wearing my jewelry, or gifting it!

My Petals to the Metal collection was inspired by my experiments with Origami folding, where I learned the sculptural potential for heavyweight cotton rag paper. By hand patterning such paper, sculpting it and combining it with high-tech anodized aluminum, I've come up with a unique take on the statement earring -- lightweight, colorful, comfortable.

My Circle Games Chainmaille collection honors my very beginnings as a jeweler. These pieces, which I hand-weave using traditional and innovated weave structures, are favorites with both women and men. I even have a weave structure credited to me on the popular chainmailler site, mailleartisans.org. The weave is called Abhainn ("the river" in Irish) and you can see it in my Chunky Chain Link Everyday Statement Earrings and my Chunky Chain Link Everyday Statement Bracelets.

[by way of background]

I left a lucrative business / marketing career in 2009 to make art full time. This was a risky move, but my heart told me it was now or never, so I eased my way into it and have never looked back. Of course, there are always highs and lows but I am never bored and there is always something to look forward to.

I'm grateful to be able to make a living by bringing art and creativity into people's lives. My mother Anjelica (or Jella), who is now passed away, is my muse. She was a successful fiber artist with a boutique on the island of Mykonos in Greece, and although I did not grow up with her by my side, I often feel that she is with me in the way she passed on her bohemian spirit. It makes me happy to honor her memory by pursuing my art with passion.

I hope you enjoy spending time in my shop and that you find a piece you just have to add to your collection. P.S. I also enjoy doing custom work. If you have something special in mind, don't hesitate to contact me. I'd love to work with you!

EDUCATION
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL - B.A. Art, with emphasis in Art History

PUBLICATIONS
- "Creativity Takes Courage," Shea Stanfield. Foothills Focus. February 2016.
- "Make a High Impact Two-Tone Chain," Art Jewelry Magazine, November 2014
- 1000 Beads, Lark Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2014
- Artist Gallery, "Post Impressionist Scroll Necklace," Wirework Magazine, Fall 2013
- Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, Lark Jewelry & Beading, Lark Crafts, 2013
- "Break the Pattern," Art Jewelry Magazine, January 2013
- "Try A New Twist in the Japanese 4-in-1," Art Jewelry Magazine, July 2011

AWARDS
- Outstanding Achievement, Oakbrook Fine Art Festival, Oak Brook, IL, 2014
- Outstanding Achievement, Third Ward Art Festival, Milwaukee, WI 2014
- Best of Category, Promenade of Art, Arlington Heights, IL 2014
- Outstanding Achievement, Barrington Art Festival, Barrington, IL 2014
- Best of Category, Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival, Glencoe, IL 2013, 2012
- Achievement Award, Eastside Millennium Art Festival, Chicago, IL 2013, 2012
- Award of Excellence, Arti Gras, Green Bay, WI, February 2011
- Achievement in Jewelry Award, Downers Grove Fine Art Festival, September 2011
- Award of Excellence, Arti Gras, Green Bay, WI, March 2012

SELECT JURIED SHOWS
ACC St. Paul Show, St. Paul, MN
Brookside Art Annual, Kansas City, MO
Geneva Arts Festival, Geneva, IL
Arlington Heights Art Festival, Arlington Heights, IL
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival, Glencoe, IL
Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale, AZ
Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona, AZ
MAIN ST. Fort Worth Art Festival, Fort Worth, TX
Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, Carefree, AZ
Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson, TX
Beaver Creek Art Festival, Beaver Creek, CO
Downtown Aspen Art Festival, Aspen, CO

CONTACT INFORMATION
info [!at] dianafergusonjewelry.com or (262) 374-2984; Phoenix, AZ studio by appointment only

http://dianafergusonjewelry.com

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