Here on the Meet the Maker series we hope to introduce you to the local artist’s and creators of the York Region. For episode 4, I want to invite you to meet Tazra Miller of The Tangled Merchant.
Your beautiful jewelry speaks for itself with a beautiful elegant style that catches your eye, but tell us a bit about yourself and the lady behind it:
I started making jewelry as a teenager and studied Material Art and Design at OCAD University. I was selling my work at sixteen and returned to it over the years as a passion and additional source of income. After getting married, having children and running my own business, I decided to slow down, take a breathe and reassess my career path. Now, I am thrilled to be back doing what has always been an interest of mine.
I love the earrings you make. Where do you draw your inspiration from for your jewelry? Would you say you have a specific style?
Thank you! The current collection of work is inspired by a popular interest in raw gemstones, mineral specimens and a resurgence in fine vintage / antique jewellery . Although I would never compare my work or skill to an antique jeweller, I do draw inspiration from the delicate details and intricate settings. I try to use delicate chains, fine textured rings and small findings to contrast the rough crystal textures I like to work with. I have always been a bit of a rock hound and am always looking for ways to showcase the raw beauty of stones alongside the refinement and delicacy of fine jewelry design.
Do you do this full time? If not how do you balance your day?
I try to work around everyone else’s schedule. It is a fine balance that I am constantly trying to get just right. More importantly I am grateful to be readily available for my children alongside having a creative outlet that reminds me I am multifaceted.
What led you to open an etsy store?
I am an etsy shopper! I buy my gifts, art and clothes on etsy. I had an online store for months and was having a very difficult time getting traffic to my website. I felt like a small island in the middle of nowhere. It only made sense to join a larger community, especially one I use for my own personal shopping.
What are you plans for your shop down the road?
My goal is always the same, post more work and take better photos! Alongside my jewellery I produce accessories and bags that need to be posted. Right now those pieces are only being seen at shows.
You are one of our lovely Event & Market Coordinators at the Etsy York Region team, can you tell me a bit about what you do and what you have planned for the year ahead? (If there isn’t much we can take that portion out, I know this is still fresh)
I have always struggled with doing artisan shows in York Region. I’ve always found an issue with the location or how it was promoted. I am very excited to be a part of this show because I know the location is amazing and that it will be promoted on the Etsy platform.
Books or Movies?
I’m binge watching on netflix right now! An episode fits perfectly into my schedule!
Check out Tazra’s beautiful creations with the links below: