Diane: How about two out of three? I'm an artist and a jewelry designer.
I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana State University, majoring in studio art and metalsmithing. I then apprenticed as a bench jeweler. I've been designing and selling my own line of jewelry since 1982.
SofaTown Designs has nothing to do with a furniture store! It's simply a play on words with my last name, as I often have to spell it for people. I tell them, "couch like sofa."
Then as a jewelry designer, what kind of jewelry do you make?
Diane: My early work included gold and sterling silver earrings, rings, brooches and bracelets. Then in 1996 I put my torch down and as a change of pace began stringing freshwater pearls and semi-precious gemstones. I hand-knot each necklace using natural beige silk cord from Germany. The simple classic designs are perfect for any occasion as well as for bridal jewelry, especially since I'm able to customize special orders to fit the occasion. Current designs can be seen on my website, www.sofatowndesigns.com.
Do you have any new designs or special projects for 2010?
Diane: Yes! Last year, as a departure from the hand-knotted jewelry, I began a new series of necklace, bracelet, and earring designs that I call The Mineral Series. I'm going back to working with sterling silver by combining various types of chain with unusual stones. I am continuing to develop new designs for The Mineral Series and have been updating my website's "new work" page with each new design.
Where in the Indianapolis area is your jewelry available for sale?
Diane: At Artifacts Gallery in Broad Ripple, and l'Evento Boutique in Carmel's Arts & Design District. I also meet with clients by appointment. Check my website for further information and photos of all my jewelry designs!
Do you have any upcoming events or news you'd like to share?
Diane: Actually, for the first time ever, I'll have a booth at the Prefect Wedding Guide Bridal Show. The date is Sunday, February 21, 2010 at the Montage on Allison Pointe. I'm excited about doing the show. Please tell your family and friends to stop by and see me and my line of jewelry!