Diane started making and selling her retro-vintage-look jewelry in 1989, and she has pretty much done it all since that meager start-up with $25 worth of components. She’s participated in Fine Art shows, had her work in galleries, sold a line to Von Maur Department Stores in the Midwest, had a rep sell her designs all over the U. S., did several trunk shows for Nordstrom's Department Stores, and for five years, had pieces in a major San Francisco-based mail order catalog -- she even made the back cover with three of her pieces once! When she and her husband, Cam, did those art festivals and shows through the early years, quite often other jewelry artists would ask if she would sell some of her components for their own jewelry lines. Diane was flattered and intrigued with the idea and tucked it in the back of her mind.
Everything changed in 1995 when Diane took a class to learn square stitch at a local bead store. After that class, beading was all she wanted to do. Since her previous jewelry designs utilized metal stampings, chain, and vintage-type components, she wanted to utilize many of those same components by incorporating them into her beadwork.
In 1999, with all of those people in mind who wanted to buy her components years before, Diane started a new business called Designer's Findings. She had come to realize many findings and components were not readily available to most jewelry designers and bead artists. She had been buying directly from manufacturers and then sending the items to plating companies for the color finishing. Diane wanted to offer those and other alternative components, methods, and ideas to challenge people's creativity, along with helping to solve some of the tedious finishing problems inherent with beadwork.
Diane’s work is featured in “Beading Across America”, available from Kalmbach Books. Designer's Findings continues to grow successfully each year, which keeps Diane very busy. With less time now for actual beading, she concentrates mainly on new kit development, creating entries for competitions, and her newest web site for the eclectic Steampunk styled beadwork she has dubbed ‘Beadpunk’.