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Diane Whiting, one of the original CREATE YOUR STYLE Ambassadors, discovered Swarovski Elements in 2001 and began her beading career by entering the first CREATE YOUR STYLE with Swarovski Elements Design Competition. When her Crystal Iris Purse design was chosen as a finalist she was encouraged to continue and the following year her “Crystal Bow Purse” won 1st place in the Amateur Division. She was one of the first members of CYS Sparkling Community, won 1st place in the Community’s design competition and is now a moderator of the group.
“My design philosophy is to always be innovating. I love doing traditional things in just a little different way; using a time honored technique with a different material, like ‘Crystal Fluff’, crocheted with DMC cotton and crystals, or turning Right Angle Weave on a 45° angle to smooth out the sides. This is the technique I use in my crystal evening bags, and in ‘Crystal Ribbons’, ‘Magical Moonlight’ and ‘Good Girls Wear Pearls’. I’m exited about my newest designs; using embroidery and bead weaving techniques on filigree pieces. I think the possibilities here will never end!”
As a trainer in the Hospitality and Transportation industries, it was an easy transition for Diane to teach her innovative designs. “Teaching takes a great deal of energy and enthusiasm, something that comes easy when I’m working with Swarovski Elements” Diane now teaches, lectures, and demonstrates nationally, and has been published multiple times in major beading publications. Her first book, "Convertible Crystal Jewelry", published by Kalmbach, will be available October 2014.