Oldham Dianne Archer
unique eye for nature
love of the outdoors enables
others to experience nature.
Helen E. McKinney
SKYLIGHT, Ky.(April 2003) Dianne Archer has
always been an outdoors person. Her artwork incorporates this love and
enables others to experience nature in a unique way.
Born in Michigan, Archer has lived in Kentucky for the past 26 years.
After a lucrative career as a representative in the graphic art industry,
she said she felt she needed to leave the corporate world behind.
She wanted to get closer in touch with the Earth, she said.
She believes every person has hidden artistic capabilities just
waiting to come out. So to prove this, Archer went out on a limb
and moved to the 800-acre Ashbourne Farms in Skylight, Ky., to pursue
by Helen E. McKinney
Archer at work.
After taking up residence in a tenant house on the farm,
Archer set about crafting her naturally organic, culturally influenced
bone and stone necklaces.
Archer collects animal bones as she walks the farm, seeking to continue
the life cycle of the once living creature through her creations. She
describes each finished piece of jewelry as a personal creation
for each individual who wears it.
Betsy Jones is a longtime friend of Archer who owns a piece of her one-of-a-kind
jewelry. She said the two have always shared a common love of the metaphysical.
Shes very talented. Jones said the piece she owns
is made with animal bones and significant in itself.
Her artwork is an extension of the Mother Earth and its children. Archer
loves and respects Native Americans but chooses not to classify her
style as Native American.
She sees all cultures as containing the same basic concepts or needs
which she draws upon for inspiration. She does produce items such as
drums and clothing that may appear Native American in style, but these
are primitive items used by all cultures.
Were all from the same realm or heritage, she said.
This idea of combining mankinds beginnings with the Earth comes
together in her work.
Archer has also crafted many dream catchers for children using organic
materials. She sees them as a way of recognizing the maturity process
from childhood to adulthood.
In todays culture, there are no ceremonies to mark this transition,
she said. It is a way of honoring the stages of life.
Theresa Bohr, a longtime acquaintance of Archers, said she was
first captivated by Archers dream catchers and then her jewelry.
Whenever she wears the jewelry Archer crafted, she said most people
comment on its distinctive quality.
Diannes work is just exquisite. Theres so much depth
in it. A piece of her soul gets put into her work, Bohr said.
Archer was juried into the states Kentucky Crafted program in
1999. She has been involved with this premier art outlet but usually
sells her work by word of mouth. She never duplicates any of her patterns,
choosing instead to create pieces that speak directly to a buyers
Archers love of nature is so strong that she has taken various
wilderness courses, and this love has led her to complete a master gardeners
program through the county extension office. She said she wanted to
expand her knowledge, so she took a course to learn the more technical
aspects of gardening.
From this experience she creates sacred spaces for people in their
yards. An example might be a certain niche of a yard that she
transforms and embellishes with things the owner can relate to and experience
a sense of peace when there.
Archer said gardening is like painting or creating anything else.
After surveying the area, she listens to her client to get a feel for
how the area should be designed.
To contact Archer, call (502) 222-4465.
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