Diana uses hammering, folding, raising, and chasing to create her signature "precious metal fabric." She studied these techniques with Charles Lewton-Brain, an expert metalsmith and explorer of the limits and malleability of metal using simple tools.
Although the results of fold forming look loose and random, achieving those surface textures requires precision and planning. Diana's love of fabrics and paper initially spurred her interest in replicating those forms in metal, but now, she loves exploring how far she can push metal to take on forms that are easily created with fiber. Take a look at the Linen Collection to see how the light plays along the rippled surfaces, always causing people to momentarily wonder if this is metal or fabric.
Diana also loves the fact that paper leads to printing which leads to a story, whether visual or verbal or a combination. “I’ve always loved story-telling, whether from my mother who created Gwendolyn, a girl who looked suspiciously like me, to people’s life histories, to novels and history itself. It’s a way to understand the flow of our lives and reach for imaginary worlds in faraway places,” Diana said. "Creating the paper-like surface is an homage to the stories yet to be written,” she said.