Welcome to my website!
Please allow me to introduce myself
and to tell you a bit about myself.
Who am I?
My name is Diane Reda. I was born in Montreal and now live in Laval, just minutes from Montreal. I have an adorable husband, John. We met over 40 years ago and through the years, he has always encouraged me whenever I tried new projects or recipes. He is also my occasional photographer when I need both hands for a project or a recipe.
I worked for a large law firm for over 40 years – first as a legal secretary for 25 years (I think they now call them legal assistants) then computers were brought in and for more than 15 years, I was in charge of computer training for their four offices.
My first passion
Ever since I can remember, I have loved to cook. Before the computer age, I collected cookbooks (I stopped counting when I reached 200) but when I started working with a computer, my cookbooks took a back seat to the Internet. I created a “virtual” cookbook and have since accumulated thousands of recipes. I watch cooking shows on TV all the time – I even tape my favourite ones just in case…I would hate to miss them. When John and I invite friends and family, we take great pleasure in planning a meal that will please them. My artistic side pushes me to choose recipes that will be tasty as well as a feast for the eyes. Setting a nice table is also important to me.
My second passion
At a young age, I was dazzled by beauty and bright colours. Inspired by my mother who was truly artistic, I was always drawn towards arts and crafts: sewing, crochet, painting and many more. In the year 2000, while I was still working at the law firm, I started designing jewelry and loved it from the start. A few months later, I launched my company “Di-Art Designs”. I am a passionate self-taught designer. All my jewelry designs are hand-made and I take special care in the finishing touches.
The experience I acquired over the years enabled me to create original jewelry using many different techniques and mixing components that work well together. My designs vary: from every day ready-to-wear to handwoven haute-couture patterns. Most of my designs were reproduced on demand or in limited quantities and certain pieces were sold as one of a kind. Some of my handwoven pieces required many hours, even days, to complete. What I love most is making a made-to-measure design for a special occasion such as a wedding or a graduation.
As much as I still enjoy designing jewelry, selling hand-made pieces is becoming more and more difficult. Like most artisans, I love the designing part more than the selling part. So, after putting a lot of thought into it, I decided to dissolve my company and to create a new website on jewelry design and cooking. I am convinced that to nourish my thirst for learning, I will still be on the lookout for new techniques and will still design pieces from time to time, if only to share techniques and photos with you.