Diana Krugle has been surrounded by arts and crafts since she was a child growing up.
Krugle currently owns and operates Unity Creations Destash Group, and in spite of COVID, she has seen her business begin to thrive. She has several items displayed at Rick Steber & Company—Makers, although she does the majority of her marketing through online orders.
Her art business includes creations from painting, resin, drawing, writing, upcycling, woodburning, clay sculptures, abstract art, and Native American art. She sells a wide variety of necklaces and jewelry.
"I have always done art stuff, upcycling and crafts growing up, kind of in a very poor family," said Krugle.
She added that their Christmases consisted of homemade gifts, with the necessity of doing chores for neighbors to earn and make gifts.
"Arts and crafting have always been a huge part of my life. My girls grew up where handmade gifts were always a part of Christmas," Krugle explained.
Approximately four years ago, Krugle made several pairs of earrings and posted them online. The response was good, and she followed with a Senior Center Soroptimist event—which also went very well.
"I thought, "well I might be able to do something with that,"' she said of her previous successes. "I always bounced around from craft to craft, so my husband told me that until he knew I was going to stick with something, he didn't want to invest a huge amount into it."
Little by little, she kept doing her crafting, but scaled back at the beginning of the year since COVID events kept being cancelled. She started back up towards the end of the year and has done very well. She uses local suppliers for her materials. Krugle also upcycles, using materials that are upcycled and reused.
Approximately three years ago, Krugle was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder. She is openly a DID artist, which for her is a result of a difficult childhood that caused her to shatter in order to survive.
"I currently share my mind, body, and business with 23 other personalities, parts, alters," stated Krugle of her DID. "Part of my therapy and way to keep my system unified is by art. Art is my therapy and all my parts participate in creating, business duties, and selling. Many of us have different preferred mediums meaning our skills are many and very diverse."
They create their art with a variety of artistic mediums.
"Having DID or any mental illness does not make a person less than, and our art/business has been vital to keeping us unified working as a single system. I love that I can use my art platform to educate others about DID and mental illness."
Since her diagnosis, she has found that she has received a positive response from the community and has met a number of people who struggle with many different mental illnesses.
"This year, since I really came out with more and more personal art and more of my story, and more being open to people, I just found my business has begun to grow," Krugle went on to say. "I have a larger following, a huge amount of people who are interested—not just in my story and my journey, but in what I create with my story and my journey."
Approximately one month and-a-half ago, a large amount of her hand-painted art and jewelry were stolen from a storage unit. Even with renter's insurance to compensate for materials only, she stated that it does not replace time and all her work.
"I create my art one thing at a time," she emphasized. "Each thing, I can tell you how I felt, what went into it, what was going on for every single piece. I refuse to stay down, so I am slowly rebuilding, and December has been a great month."
She is also on Facebook at Unity Creations Destash Group. She can be reached through Messenger on Facebook in addition to her email.
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