Meet the Artists
Diane Miller Owner and Designer
Diane focuses mainly on the intricate work of handcrafting different sized jump rings and designing unique hand-woven chain maille jewelry, which resulted being one of six featured Chain Maille Artists in the May 2014 released book, "Linked".
More About Diane Miller
Diane Miller lives in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband and has been creating handmade jewelry since 1999. Her love of artisan jewelry started when a friend "dragged" her to a Chicago bead show where she admired the beautiful work of another talented jewelry artist. She had been searching for an avenue to express her own creativity and jewelry seemed the perfect fit. She took some simple beading classes and was hooked immediately. While attending art shows to sell her own jewelry designs, other chain maille artists continually inquired as to when Diane would begin selling her handcrafted jump rings and unique kits, thus Midwest Maille was born! Since that time Diane has expanded her knowledge of jewelry making techniques and now focuses mainly on the intricate work of handcrafting different sized jump rings and designing unique hand-woven chain maille jewelry. She is one of six feature Chain Maille jewelry artists in the book “Linked”, released May 2014 and her work has also been featured numerous times in WireWork Magazine. When Diane is not teaching jewelry classes or selling her finished jewelry at art fairs throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, she enjoys taking long walks and bike rides, visiting with family and friends and traveling to warm tropical locations. Diane also offers finished jewelry through her website DianeMillerDesigns.com
Lori Watson Jewelry Designer
Lori Watson lives in Northern Illinois. She is married and has two sons. Lori has been making hand made jewelry since 2004.
More About Lori Watson
She began her jewelry making journey when she picked up a box of wooden and glass beads at a hobby store where her husband bought his R/C plane supplies. From there she sought out bead stores and began taking classes. Lori found her niche in making chainmaille jewelry. She occasionally teaches chainmaille classes at a local bead store. She also enjoys learning new stitches in bead weaving. Lori enjoys creating new designs in chainmaille and other jewelry making techniques. Lori designs under the business name of The Bling Weaver and her motto is "Too much bling? No such thing!". Check out one of Lori's new designs, TOPSY TURVY, a chain maille kit exclusive to Midwest Maille.