We've been lucky enough to have this maker on our production team for two years now. She's an incredibly hard worker and holds the title of Production Buyer in addition to Maker. She's our resident plant lady (seriously, the reason our breakroom is basically a greenhouse is because of her) and isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Whether you're going to her for a production question, a dose of truth, or general support, you'll be glad she's on your team. Get to know Maker Diana!
Name: Diana Tien O.
Title: Maker and Production Buyer
Hometown: Born in Da Nang. Raised in Lawrenceville, GA
One day, I will go here: Aalsmeer, Netherlands. The Aalsmeer Flower Auction is there and it’s the largest flower market in the world. The building itself is 128 acres and they sells around 20 million flowers daily. IT’S BANANAS!
Best thing about my job: Creative problem-solving! This job keeps you on your toes!
When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: I’m really into plant propagation so I’m constantly obsessing over my root babies. If not that, then I’m definitely reading/watching True Crime. I’m a doom and gloom and guts kinda gal.
This will always be in my playlist: These Arms of Mine by Otis Redding.
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
I've been making jewelry since: 2015
Items of jewelry you most often make: I do a lot of the silver oxidation and pieces involving leather.
Before I was a Maker at b&i I was... a florist!
Describe your path to becoming a maker in an ice cream flavor & why: Coffee & bourbon ice cream. The transition from flowers to jewelry felt very smooth because I’m used to working with my hands. I also can get very excited, very intensely about new ideas and projects and I’m just go go go!
Favorite b&i Piece to Wear: My sterling silver Caderas earrings. They’re bold and they pop!
What are some of your favorite tools to work with: I love using the arc welder. It uses electricity to join metal to metal on a miniature scale and we use it everyday in the studio. *cue Flashdance welding scene*
Do you listen to music while you make? If so, what are some of your fave jams? I’ve been listening to a lot of A Tribe Called Quest and The Smiths as of late. Nina Simone, Otis Redding, and Yann Tiersen are some other favorites.
Being a maker has taught me: To be patient with myself. Things don’t have to be perfect on the first try.
What's your favorite thing to do, or place to visit, in the Portland area? My favorite place in Portland is the Lone Fir Cemetery in southeast. It’s so peaceful and is especially beautiful in the spring when all the Camellia trees are in full bloom.