I credit my "creative gene" to my birth mom, a fiber artist who, before she passed away, owned a boutique on the island of Mykonos, Greece. Growing up with my "tribe" of step mom and four sisters in the west suburbs of Chicago, I remember being the 'different one.'
I always felt I was meant to do something creative and loved fashion, music, and pop culture. However, my endeavors in this arena were limited to creating collages from favorite Vogue and Harper's Bazaar photos.This turned into a life-long hobby; I still have scrapbooks tucked away, many of which contain some of the most iconic fashion photos from the 1980s, 1990s and the aughts.
With a BA in Art, and after years in the corporate world, I began to feel a pull to fulfill my creative destiny (actually it was a pretty insistent "chirp, chirp, chirp"). I began making more and more jewelry and then started selling it at juried fine art fairs. When that was going well, I took on the task of weening myself from my paycheck job, which I accomplished in 2008, right before the "Big Recession." The timing was not good, but somehow I made it through and the business continues to grow and strengthen.
I feel fortunate to do what I love and appreciate every single one of my customers so very much. I'm also proud of my strength, determination, and curiosity. Without them, I would never have been able to succeed in this small business endeavor of mine.
About Diana Ferguson Jewelry
Inspired by the belief that your individuality is meant to be worn—boldly and proudly—for the world to see, I create jewelry that is full of color, energy, and life. Equal parts art and fashion, comfort, and statement, each piece is an expression of my artistry, innovation, 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 decorative designs, iconic art, and pop culture imagery in fun and feminine shapes like flower petals and circular clusters. I handcraft each piece in-studio in Phoenix, Arizona.
I create my iconic Petals to the Metal earrings using a 13-step collage process that I developed throughout many years of experimentation. Hand-patterned, cut and shaped paper petals are laid over equivalent shapes of anodized aluminum and assembled to create lightweight, in the round earrings that glisten like enamel. All pieces are glazed to be waterproof and UV protected. The results are spectacular artisan earrings that are surprisingly lightweight. Their distinctive shapes and saturated color are meant to fuse everyday comfort with fresh, whimsical statements.
AS SEEN ON & IN:Elegantly Dressed & Stylish (style blogger Jessica Jannenga)
The Accidental Mrs. (style blogger Amanda Rodriguez)
Arizona Foothills Magazine Style Files
Desert Foothills Focus
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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