"Jewelry is part and parcel of a joyful life lived with curiosity and a sense of adventure." - Diana Ferguson
Diana credits her "creative gene" to her mother, a fiber artist who owned a boutique on the island of Mykonos, Greece. Growing up in the west suburbs of Chicago, she remembers being the "different one," always involved in something creative with her fashion sense and writing. "I felt I was meant to do something creative but I didn't grow up doing anything especially artistic. I just always loved fashion, music, and pop culture." With a BA in Art and after years in business, she fulfilled her destiny as a full-time jewelry artist in 2008.
ABOUT THE WORK
Inspired by the belief that your individuality is meant to be worn—boldly and proudly—for the world to see, Diana Ferguson creates jewelry that is full of color, energy, and life. Equal parts art and fashion, comfort, and statement, each piece is an expression of Diana's innovative artistry and penchant for the non-traditional.
The signature Petals to the Metal collection is thematic and pattern-centric. Combining digital art and collage, it incorporates iconic art and pop culture imagery in fun and feminine shapes like flower petals and circular clusters. It's created entirely in-studio in Phoenix, Arizona.
Heavyweight cotton rag paper and anodized aluminum are used prominently in each Petals to the Metal design. Diana first patterns the paper. She then cuts every petal by hand and shapes them with dapping tools before glazing them with jewelry-grade resin. The petals are laid over equivalent shapes of anodized aluminum and assembled to create lightweight, in-the-round earrings and necklaces that glisten like enamel.
The results are spectacular artisanal earrings, necklaces, and bracelets that are surprisingly lightweight. Their distinctive shapes and saturated color are meant to fuse everyday comfort with fresh, whimsical statements.
Perfect for making fabulous your new normal.
AS SEEN ON & IN:
The Silver Stylist (style blogger Lisa Hale)
So What to Twenty (style blogger Glenda Harrison)
All Things Paper (art blogger Ann Martin)
Fashion Should Be Fun (style blogger Dawn Lucy)
A Well Styled Life (style blogger Jennifer Connolly)
Art Jewelry Magazine
Showcase 1000 Beads (Lark Books)
500 Art Necklaces (Lark Books)
GBK's Luxury Celebrity Gift Lounge for the 2016 MTV Movie Awards
GBK's Luxury Celebrity Gift Lounge for the 2015 Golden Globes
Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival
SELECT JURIED ART FESTIVALS
Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
Main Street Fort Worth Art Festival, Fort Worth, Texas
Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, Carefree, Arizona
Chicago Botanic Garden Fine Art Festival, Glencoe, Illinois
Art Fair on the Square, Madison, Wisconsin
Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson, Texas
Beaver Creek Art Festival, Beaver Creek, Colorado
Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park, Illinois
PAST & PRESENT GALLERIES
New Morning Gallery, Asheville, NC
Heartwood Gallery, Saluda, NC
Smitten, Highlands, NC
ZIA Gallery, Winnetka, IL
Brio Gallery, Galena, IL
Raku Gallery, Jerome, AZ
Arizona Costume Institute
Sonoran Arts League, Juried Member
The Artisan Group
Northern Illinois University, B.A. in Art, with emphasis in Art History
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