Hi As some of you are now aware I was chosen as part of the ICE Resin® I must admit I could not be more proud.
Hi I am Dizzy Di and I am a member of the ICE Resin® Design Team 2016. I have been happily teaching, making and designing jewellery for the last 30+ years.
I live in the London Borough of Havering, in the UK, with my wonderful patient husband Pete, who can often be seen with me at bead shows. We have 5 kids between us, but more importantly I have a tribe of 8 grandchildren so far, with 4 more joining the tribe later on this summer.
In 2008 I took the amazing step to be full time jewellery tutor and glass artist. I teach 2 weekly classes in Havering and each week I teach a different project. I also travel around the UK teaching at shops and beading groups, if you would like me to teach at your venue please contact me. Teaching and learning is a passion of mine, in particular ICE Resin™, bead weaving, lampwork beads and wire work.
The Key to the City
In 2010 I came runner up in the advanced Lampworker category at Flame off 2010 GBUK (Glass Beads UK) with ‘Ladies Day’ a set of lampwork hats. I also came 3rd in the British Bead Awards for Sand Storm beads and was a finalist in the wire work with a chain mail bracelet celebration, and in 2012 I won Independent trader with Havering Business awards.
I have been making jewellery since 1980 and discovered lampworking in 2001 by watching Martin Tuffnell at the Epsom show, boy did he make it look easy. Away I went, starter kit in hand and totally addicted. Hot head and propane bottles took over my downstairs lounge, so for some reason I got moved to a purpose built log cabin known as “the Shabin” by the rest of the family. Then onto Wat Tyler Country Park. But sadly Basildon council closed the craft village at Wat Tyler in December 2009 so I then moved to a studio at View Garden Centre, Wickford. In May 2011 I made the amazing jump to Romford Shopping hall. There I ran Dizzy Di’s Bead Shop and School of Jewellery, I closed the shop November 2014 to concentrate on teaching, writing and designing new products for the craft industry.
I can fly
January 2015 was life changing for me, I got on a plane and went to CHA Anaheim to learn more jewellery making skills looking for new and innovative ideas to bring back to the UK. One of my first classes was with Suze Miller Weinberg, teaching ICE Resin™. In I went and sat next to the wonderful Julie Wilcox, From Cover 2 Cover, she explained to me how to mix ICE Resin™ and where I had been going wrong. That was the start of a life changing workshop. Within one workshop not only was I addicted to ICE Resin™, I had met Candy Rosenberg, Susan Lenart Kazmer, Jen Cushman and Misty Grosse, and somehow got invited to assist with Misty Gosse in a class Jen Cushman was teaching, my fabulous journey with ICE Resin™ began.
My jewellery has many influences from the environment around me, the UK’s History to a love of the River Thames and collecting cockle shells, butterflies and poppies. Where my work goes in 2016 who knows, the journey is just beginning.
Spring Thames Blue Bird
Please join me on the journey of 2016 by following me on any of my social networks.
Facebook.com/ Dizzy Di
My Blog: https://dizzydiblog.wordpress.com/