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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Diana Kinkelaar 

Alumnus, 2006
As an artist, I tend to make items based upon my mood and the weather. If it is sunny and warm outside, my items will be bright colors with warm accents. Usually when it is warm and sunny outside I am in a good mood and my items will be casual and trendy. But when the weather changes and it is cold and dark, my items will change to dark colors going with the season. The rain keeps me inside working so my pieces become more elaborate and complex. They will have the colors of falling leaves and the grays and dark blues of storm clouds. They often have dangling beads from several locations on a piece resembling lighting bolts or falling leaves. If it is a sad day for me, my pieces will have a mixed look to them and often look lopsided and unique.

All of my pieces are only made once. I strongly believe that true artwork should only be made once. I only make each item once. I can make things similar upon request, but never exactly the same. I believe that this creates a sense of uniqueness for each of my customers. Wearing an original necklace or bracelet feels so much more rewarding when you show it off because you know that the person will have never seen your item before. It is unique and it is yours. Why be like everyone else when you can be you?
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL