Biography Diane Falkenhagen holds a B.F.A. from the University of North Texas and an M.F.A. from the University of Houston. She is a native of Texas but has also lived for extended periods in Brazil, Alaska and England. Diane maintains a private studio on west Galveston Island in Texas, where she shares a home with her husband, Peter.
Diane is best known for her fabricated, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Her mixed media compositions often combine characteristic pictorial imagery -- invented or borrowed from historical sources -- with fabricated metal forms and a diverse range of art media. Her work is an unconventional marriage of material and content that references myriad interests including: memory, metaphor, figuration, romanticism, historical ornament, art history and iconography. Diane's work is exhibited widely and is held in numerous private collections. It has been published in American Craft, Metalsmith, Ornament, Southwest Art , the New York Times, Color on Metal, Wrap, Stitch, Rivet and Fold, and five of the popular Lark Books 500 Series publications including:500 Brooches and 500 Necklaces. Aside from her one-of-a-kind art jewelry, Diane periodically leads special workshops around the country on mixed media techniques for jewelers and metalsmiths. From 2006 to 2008 Diane was a visiting professor at the University of Houston and from 2009 to 2016 she developed and taught a small jewelry program at Alvin Community College. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and a former member of the Metalsmith magazine Editorial Advisory Committee.