Diane was born in London and studied BA Ceramics at West Surrey College of Art & Design in Farnham, graduating in 1988. After spending 10 years in Yorkshire, she now lives and works in Northamptonshire.
The paper-like scrolls in Diane’s work were inspired by a trip to Jerusalem many years ago. Here she 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 was inspired by the collective focus for so many peoples’ hopes and wishes at this ancient site and their interaction with it.
Each scroll is hand rolled and incorporates handwritten scripts taken from old family letters exchanged between her grandparents during the war in 1944. More recently Diane has developed a new design incorporating music. The music score is from Bizet’s Carmen – L’amour est in oisesu rebelle. (Love is a rebellious bird.) Carmen was the first opera that Diane listened to as a teenager playing it as loud as she could without it distorting.
Diane has participated in many shows and exhibitions across the UK as well as in America and Sweden.