After months of preparation, the first Live-In-Person appearance of my Things is in the books! I was very happy with how the display table turned out, Dan did such an amazing job as resident carpenter. I met a lot of great people, passed out a bunch of business cards, and even found new homes for some of my favorite Things!
This was such an amazing (and exhausting) experience. In the time leading up to the event, many people asked me if I had thought of doing smaller, more local shows. My answer was, "Yes, of course." Though, I can't tell you why I decided to travel for my first show. Maybe I wanted to get all the kinks worked out before showing my wares to people I see every day. Maybe I still have trouble with identifying myself as an artist, so I felt the need to practice my identity in front of strangers. Whatever the reason, I have to do what feels right, whether the motivation makes sense or not.
Chatham is a beautiful town and we had a wonderful time. I came away with a couple of pages of notes, but since my next event is in October, I have plenty of time to work out the kinks. Til then, Cheers! and enjoy your Summer!
The tent is here along with the weights and walls and all the goodies for whatever weather New England decides to send my way. And now...how to fill it...
Luckily, I have my man, Dan, to rescue me! Here he is, hard at work making some custom busts and displays. I am so grateful he is here, being so supportive, both emotionally and practically. And he is so grateful to finally have an excuse to order ALL THE TOOLS! :)
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2019-05-12These earrings are BEAUTIFUL! I get so many compliments on these, Tiffany really does some amazing work, she is super talented and her jewelry is such great quality! Can’t wait until I find my next “one of a thing” from her collection!
I have no idea how to showcase reviews on my site yet, but I was too excited to wait, so I cut and pasted here! I just love when people are happy with my Things!! It means so much when someone takes time out of their day to share the love...thanks Heather!
In order to streamline the appearance of this site, I have decided to get rid of the "About" section. However, if you are curious about me, I thought the contents of that page could be immortalized here....eventually archived, but always present :)
After all, these things are not really about me....
My name is Tiffany Taylor, and I have been making things ever since I could tie string and use glue. The desire to create taps on my shoulder every day. Sometimes it happens when I am sitting at my work table, but more often it shows up when I am in the world and therefore scrambling to document the inspiration. I have scraps of paper everywhere. Drawings, quotes, things and ideas to Google. I have notebooks that completely lack organization or theme.
For the most part, I have focused on honing my skills in Jewelry Design. While I made many friendship bracelets as a girl, I made my first serious piece after discovering pretty stones on ebay sometime in my 20's. The infatuation was quick and all-consuming. I immediately invested in wires, threads, gemstones, metals, findings, literature, and soon after, storage. Since I am most confident in these creations of mine, jewelry is most of what I sell.
Hopefully, now that I have given my creations a home, I can indulge in more of my interests. My partner and I are lovers of unique household decor. We drink wine while etching wine glasses; we drink beer and glue Halloween decorations. Don't get the wrong idea, Dan and I are not always drinking...however we are pretty much always making or plotting future endeavors.
Thanks for you interest!
I hope you find something that makes you say...Ooo!!
I cannot describe how amazing it feels to have my hard work paying off! It feels so great to receive the positive feedback and words of encouragement I have been hearing from friends and strangers that have found me and begun following me on social media platforms. These little lovelies you see in the pics, well they are SOLD my friends! They, as well as a few others, have been purchased and whisked off to their new homes, where I hope they will be treasured and flaunted and adored by the people who receive and wear them. After spending more time than I care to admit questioning my skills and my choices when it comes to this business, 2018 is leaving me with a great deal of contentment.
I feel invigorated and so hopeful of what I will be able to accomplish next year.
And, I feel immense amounts of gratitude. By no means is my work done, by no means can I call this venture a success story, but the wheels are turning. And I am so grateful for the friends and strangers who believe in me and lift me up every day!
Thank You All!! I hope you have a Merry Christmas, and I hope you are looking forward to 2019 as much as I am!
Much Love <3
Yesterday, I was in an absolute fever! I had picked up these mini ornaments at the craft store. Even though they are meant to be hung on a tiny tree, I just knew they really wanted to be holiday party earrings! Even though those components are easy to find, I still wanted to keep up with my one-of-a-kind ideal, or rule, or whatever you may call it.
So, I dug around and shuffled my reserves, and made seven new pairs of holiday party earrings. Each one is totally unique and highly affordable. You can find them on Etsy.
As I am sure I will repeat time and again, I am not a photographer. I love beautiful photos, and if I happen to take one, it is most likely the technology taking care of me.
I have been brainstorming ways to make my jewelry pics come alive, and this is one of my ideas, drying as I type this.
Typically I like to take my artsy shots outside, and I drape my creations over trees and benches, and that will always be my preferred staging method. I think the spontaneity of the piece that I carry out the door along with where the sun happens to be in the sky and which surfaces are clean and complementary enough to use all lend to the "one of a thing" ideal I am trying to uphold. However, this fall has been a bit on the rainy side, and winter is approaching here in Massachusetts. As much as I love the cold and the grey and the snow, my jewels do not, and my fingers prefer to remain gloved, not fiddling with cold metals and tiny buttons.
My idea was to create a backdrop of mellow overlapping colors on a canvas large enough to turn depending on the hue of the piece I am photographing. So, if the stones on a particular necklace are light, I could use the darker corner, or if they are cool in nature, I can use the warm, sunny corner, and the rest of the canvas can fade into the background and sort of be a frame. I thought about including a painted "frame" but decided against it once I got down to the act of painting.
Will it work? I'm honestly not sure, but I think it looks rather pretty on its own.
Most of the time when I make new Things, I do so in a freeform manner...no plans, no inspirational image. Sometimes, I DO plan! Sometimes, I draw a picture, take measurements, map all my components out. When I do, the Thing almost never turns out to be what I imagined. The pieces don't work together the way I pictured, it becomes too bulky, or, as in the case of this little darling, I decide that a simple design is the best way to showcase the high-quality components that I use. I love Jasper in all its iterations. These brick red teardrop stones really work for the one-of-a-kind aesthetic I adore. I can't wait to post it to my Etsy shop! The only thing, the reds of this necklace are super tricky, they vary wildly depending on light! It's great, I think it is beautiful! But, I need a real-life photo for the listing...wish me luck! :)
For posterity, I will share the original plan. It may yet come to fruition, but not today.