Meet the Artist

Education: MA in Fine Art, Specializing in Metalsmithing and Jewelry, University of Iowa 1996

Dana Noble's interest in metal and jewelry began after she became employed as a goldsmith at Joseph's Jewelers in Des Moines, Iowa.  There she received training in working with precious metal jewelry and gemstones.

 

The need to be adventurous set in, and she went to Japan and worked as an English teacher at a private school in Japan for a year. While teaching, she saw an advertisement for a button manufacturer that was interested in hiring foreign designers to help internationalize their company. It was a great creative opportunity to work as a designer for Iris Company Ltd. in Japan. She designed high-end buttons for coats and women's suits. 



These life experiences have led Dana to creating her own designs in jewelry. She works mostly with metals and often with upcycled materials.  She has a real interest in the natural environment and sustainability, and likes to incorporate this into her artwork.

 

Creative Process

Every piece of jewelry is unique.  

 

Dana mainly works with metals to create unique wearable art.  She makes sure the materials she chooses are from sustainable sources, and she uses existing metals and  shapes or melts them into new elements. That's the beauty of metalsmithing. She has the ability to recreate at her bench with the help of a torch and forging tools. 



Dana's jewelry is based on organic shapes. Every piece is hand cut and formed, so a shape of a leaf or petal of a flower is slightly different, just like in nature. 

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