Today’s designer/maker is the lovely Silver Leaf.
Dana works with recycled sterling and fine silver whenever possible, as well as brass and copper. Her jewelry is inspired by life, crafted by hand, and designed for the natural, sexy, and confident woman. Dana grew up in Amish country of central PA where her family lived in a 100 year old farm house. Her mom believed in eating only organic foods which she appreciates today, but as a kid, well, she and her sister would ride their banana seat bicycles a mile down the road to their friend’s house in order to eat potato chips and ice cream.
Dana come from a very creative and artsy family, so it’s no surprise to anyone this is the direction she wanted to take in the next phase of her life.
In 1976 when Dana and her sister and were around 12 and 13 years old, they had a booth at what is now nationally known as the State College Arts Festival. Their booth was next to a very neat (hippie) couple who made some of the most impressive jewelry she had ever seen. Dana couldn’t stop looking at it, and kept asking them endless questions about how they made the different pieces. That’s when she knew that she had to make jewelry.
Present day, Dana quit her real life job of social work in July 2010 when she could no longer stand the stress of it all. She had no real plan in mind, but at 48 years old she knew it was time to make a major change. She slept for the first 4 weeks, and sometime during that therapeutic period of rest, Dana decided it was time to start living her life long dream of make jewelry full time, and being successful.
Dana believes a piece of handmade jewelry is like a piece of art and should be a reflection of a person’s spirit.
To see Silver Leaf’s full collection please visit it here.