Monday, May 7, 2012

Diana Ferguson Artisan Jewelry

Just when I think I've seen everything there is to see in the paper art world, something completely new and different crosses my path...


Diana Ferguson of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin combines her own digital art with handwoven chain work to create eye-catching paper and metal jewelry. Not only does she use typical silver and gold, but also alternative metals such as niobium, aluminum, stainless steel, copper, and brass.

Paper Scroll Pendant


Originally Diana experimented with origami paper, but found the weight and strength of cotton rag watercolor paper to be more suitable for her sculptural shapes. For example, this rose cuff bracelet is strong and rigid, yet flexible enough to slip easily over the wrist. Diana glazes the paper elements with a polymer to protect against moisture and fading.



From gracefully curved isosceles trapezoids in muted colors (google to the rescue; geometry class was a while ago!) to playful, shiny gold petals mixed with vintage Playbill lettering, Diana creates lightweight and comfortable earrings.


I think the simplicity of this design and the botanical patterning created with collage and mixed media techniques makes it my very favorite.

Find Diana on Facebook, or if you're lucky enough to be in Chicago the weekend of June 1-3, meet her in person at the Eastside Millenium Art Festival.


  1. Love those blue earrings! Marvelous, creative work.

  2. Brilliant!. I love the cuff bracelet.

  3. Stunning pieces, love each one of them! Thanks for sharing Diana's talent!

    Have a great week!

  4. Ann, thank you so much for this wonderful post about my work. You've really made my day. And thanks everyone for the appreciative comments. ***smiling***

  5. I really fell for that bracelet. Reminds me of birch bark, but more colourful. And the pattern on the orange and green curls (2nd pic) are lovely. And the blue earrings feel so modern and almost architectural. Very cool jewellery!

  6. I can attest to Diana's talent for creating beautiful jewelry pieces. I'm a proud owner of a pair of gorgeous earrings that I wear all the time!

  7. Wonderful post! Diana's work is so beautiful and unique -- Love it!

  8. I love it! So ingenious! Thank you for sharing!

  9. I love it all Diana, just amazing are so talented!

  10. Love the bracelet and blue earrings! How do you glaze with a polymer? Do you know?

  11. Beautiful! Amazing what you can do with a little paper!

  12. Brilliant I love it!
    Greetings Baukje

  13. Bet they are pretty, but there were no pics of it!!

  14. I love Diana's jewellery pieces, they are just superb!

  15. Great pieces! Love the use of polymer!


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