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[Welcome] New Members for December 27, 2011

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Please welcome our newest members…

Diana Ferguson
Diana Ferguson Artisan Jewelry
Wisconsin, USA,

I’m a Lake Geneva, Wisconsin designer and maker. I create
beautifully crafted, high quality artisan jewelry for women and men,
with an emphasis on mixed media embellishments and chain work,
especially chain maille, in sterling silver, gold and alternative
metals (niobium, aluminum, stainless steel, copper, brass).


Polymer infused paper scrolls & petals & hand-woven chain in
precious & alternative metals are the basis for my art to wear
jewelry constructions. My introduction to paper as a substrate for
jewelry making came through experimentation with Origami folding. In
exploring this venerable technique, I saw the potential for paper as
a sculptural medium. Dissatisfied with the weight of traditional
Origami paper, I turned to cotton rag paper, which is heavier &
stronger & allows me to create organic, sculptural forms that I can
pattern & embellish. In my current body of work, I focus on the
shapes of scroll & petal. Patterning is derived from mixed media
techniques ranging from image transfer to stitchery, as well as my
own digital art. Paper elements are glazed using a multi-step
polymer infusion process that provides waterproofing & UV
protection. Cords & chains in a variety of metals comp lete the
pieces; some are hand-woven using traditional or innovated
chainmaille weaves structures.


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


“Try A New Twist in the Japanese 4-in-1”, Art Jewelry Magazine, July

AWARDS Award of Excellence, Arti Gras, Green Bay, WI, February 2011
Outstanding Achievement in Jewelry, Downers Grove Fine Art Festival,
Sept 2011

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

Brio Gallery, Galena, IL
Dene Gallery, Geneva, IL

Ziggy Raveh
Ashdod, Israel

just a hobbist jeweler with a small studio and a lot of patience

Leah Shapera
Elle Madera Jewelery
Vancouver, Canada

HI Everyone, My name is Leah, and I design and construct jewelry
under my company name, Elle Madera Jewelry. I work predominently with
sterling silver, and really love to use a wide variety of textures
in my pieces (my rolling mill is the best purchase I have ever
made!). I look forward to participating in the Ganoksin Project!

Mexie Butler
Grasmere, Victoria. Australia,

I am excited to find this community. There is so much to learn! I am
just setting out on this journey, still in a state of daily delight
as I look at the beautiful things that people make. I hope I will be
able to contribute something useful.

Peter A Gass
Wellington, NSW. Australia

Peter Gass is a metal artist and metalsmith who dabbles in jewellery
and produces metal sculptures.

Christi Dick
Abilene, TX. USA

Im an experienced graphic designer who got into jewelry design a
couple of years ago. I used to live in the Fort Worth/Dallas area in
Texas but recently got married and moved back to my hometown in West

Raphaela D Keown
Wynnum West, Queensland. Australia

I’ve been throwing myself into various crafts since I was barely in
my teens - now I’m trying silversmithing. I may or may not need
professional help of a sort this website isn’t able to provide. :wink: