The inspiration for Diane’s work stems from a trip to Jerusalem she made many years ago.
Diane visited the Wailing Wall and was intrigued by the thousands of wishes and prayers written on paper and crammed between the stones in the wall. She loves this idea of leaving something of yourself, perhaps something very personal, in a public place. She was inspired by the collective focus for so many peoples’ hopes and wishes at this ancient site and their interaction with it, much like the Love Letters Wall in Verona and the Love Locks Bridge in Paris.
Recently Diane has also incorporated some hand written scripts into her work which are taken from old family letters such as those exchanged by her grandparents during the war in 1944. She overlays and essentially redesigns the script so that you can’t read the whole letter but can recognise words or parts of sentences. This essentially keeps it private yet the final piece will sit in a public place such as a gallery or a new home once purchased.
Her work features many paper-like scrolls, sometimes single scrolls as a bud vase and other times pushed together to form a sculptural focus on a larger vase. She enjoys using a combination of techniques – slip casting and hand building.
The main body of her larger vases is slip cast, then she hand rolls scrolls in different sizes and applys them individually. Diane uses a variety of scroll sizes for visual interest as well as allowing different stem sizes to be accommodated. She aims to strike a balance between a sculptural aesthetic and a practical function.
If you have some old, or even new letters that you would like incorporating onto a vase to create your very own heirloom of the future then we can arrange this for you so do please ask about this service. We would need a scanned jpeg of your letters and you can choose which shape of vase, the internal colour and either gold or platinum lustre. Heart Gallery can guide you through the design process with Diane’s help until together we reach a unique and personal piece that will be treasured.
Our MEET THE MAKER event with Design Factory is on Sunday 20th August so do pop this date in your diary and come along to meet her and the other designer/makers taking part.