Intrigued by her rings, the House and Leisure team caught up with the lovely Diana James of dor&kie Jewellery Objects. Based in the creative hub of Woodstock, Cape Town, Diana is combining wood and metal in the most captivating way. Angular hunks of wood are brought to life with lustrous plates of metal in a marriage that is totally desirable. Here, Diana offers a peek into her world, the design process behind her Faset rings, and what she loves about the properties of her chosen materials.
‘Upon entering my workshop at the Object House in Woodstock, you’ll notice that everything is covered in wood dust, with every work space available filled with arrangements of small pieces of wooden facets. I’ll admit my design process is a bit chaotic, but that’s my instinctive method of creating what I love.
I love how wood – as opposed to metal – is voluminous, yet light in mass and I try to use this aspect to its full potential while creating my jewellery.In carving the Faset rings I’ve used the same process of elimination as one would when cutting a gemstone. One works with the natural inclusions in gemstones, but with wood I’m conscious of the grain and knots. When a piece of wood chips out, it forms a facet; and so the piece evolves, revealing itself in the wood.
I have the wonderful Thessa and Chantal from the Fringe Arts to thank, since they were the first shop willing to give the new range a go, and they’ve been so supportive in promoting young talent.
Faset rings come in a wide range of woods including, among others, mahogany, iroko, imbuia and birch. For metals, choose from brass, silver or copper. Alternatively, visit me at the Object House and we can work together to create a custom design.’
Want one? The Faset range is available online at Hello Pretty. Prices range between R160 and R230 with and without metal. Find dor&kie jewellery objects on Facebook or call Diane on 082-303-6197/ 021-447-6670. Look out for dor&kie at Cape Town’s The Lock Stock market in October.