Believe it or not, Tanya started making jewellery when she was thirteen! When she was old enough to study silversmithing seriously she attended Middlesex University to study on their very experimental course with tutors including Caroline Broadhead, Pierre Degen and Julia Mannheim. “Being on such a contemporary course meant that we were encouraged to make ’body art’ from materials such as paper, plastic and steel. The idea was to design jewellery which broke down the barriers of traditional jewellery.”
Whilst at University Tanya went on an exchange in Düsseldorf, Germany, and also had work experience with an exclusive jeweller in South Africa. Both these experiences showed her the value of good design as well as the beauty in precise craftsmanship. “When I left art school, I decided that I wanted to design and make jewellery that was well made, completely wearable and affordable, but that incorporated everything I had been taught at both college and in the workplace.”
Tanya’s tlk collection is strong, contemporary yet stylish.
Her inspiration comes from her many travels as well as her surroundings.
These include machinery, trees & architecture. “I’m really interested in the man-made geometric nature of machinery and architecture existing along side nature’s own organic symmetry. I hope this shows in pieces where I have mixed gold and silver. I want the thin delicate strip of hammered gold to outshine the chunky silver ring it is wrapped around.”
Heart Gallery works closely with Tanya on special ring commissions for customers, many of which are wedding bands in silver, silver and gold or gold. Her collection is contemporary and not traditional so doesn’t suit everyone but we love it!