Welcome to Dani Art & Jewellery!
I’m Dani - artist, collector of shiny things and lover of colour and texture!
Dani Art & Jewellery is my creative outlet that offers handcrafted art jewellery that makes a statement and lasts a lifetime.
My Creative Journey
As a child, I loved to create, however I never really found a medium that I was passionate about until later in life as an adult.
More than 15 years ago I was going through a pretty hard time in my life and I needed to find something to de-stress a little. So, after taking a short 2 hour bead stringing workshop, and loving it, I decided that beads were most definitely something I needed to explore further!
I spent a few years collecting and creating and also exploring other mediums such as polymer clay.
In 2006 I started The Whimsical Bead, first a supply store of beads, clay and unique jewellery making components, but now a creative space for workshops, supplies and inspiration, where we welcome all kinds of people to our little community.
What a lot of people don’t know is that for me, creating is therapy. I suffer from chronic physical and mental illnesses that have increased in numbers and intensity over the last several years. I have also been through quite a few personal challenges during my life.
Every day, creativity and The Whimsical Bead provide me with focus, purpose and the opportunity to do what I love whilst, at times, facilitating that creative therapy for others who are in similar situations.
It has been a hard but, ultimately, wonderful journey. I’ve taught some fantastic people in many great venues, met some amazing people, hosted some super talented tutors at the studio, won awards, learned and taught myself new skills and created some art/jewellery that I am proud of.
In 2018, I decided to separate my own creative work from that of The Whimsical Bead studio and Dani Art & Jewellery was born.
Almost all of my work is finished with or created from precious metals such as sterling or argentium silver and 14kt gold fill. I believe in creating pieces that will stand the test of time and that evoke emotion in those who gift or wear them.
I have a passion for polymer clay and metal and have been working with both for around 15 years. The majority of my art is created from these mediums with a focus on my love of colour and textures used in a multitude of different applications.
Because of my ongoing health challenges, and therefore my inability to spend as much time in my studio as I like some weeks, my pieces are fewer but are filled with more love, joy and passion than ever before.
Thank you for sharing in my journey and my creativity.
I am so pleased to have you here and I hope that you find something that speaks to you, that you absolutely must have (or perhaps the perfect gift!).
Just know that each and every purchase makes me do a happy dance and fills me with much joy and appreciation, so thank you.
Love Dani xx