Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Meet the Maker: Tania from Ivory Isis

Ivory Isis
recycled jewelry and vintage designs
Like Isis brought Osiris back to life, I bring old jewelry back to its former glory.

Tania Marg grew up in the middle of the woods in the central Ozarks of Missouri with her Mom, Grandma, and Grandpa. The beautiful environment and the influence of family forged Tania into what she describes as the “artistic misfit” she still is today. Grandma led her to appreciate and see the value and beauty in older items through collecting antiques and inspired her creativity with amazing ideas.  A love of nature, the woods and a passion for life comes from her mom. 
Flower Key Pendant Necklaces

Tania attended MU, planning on a career in Graphic Design.  While working a fully time job as a Corporate Specialist in a bank, she lets her artistic side free by doing creative projects, artwork, and making jewelry on the side.  She moved to Kansas City in 2006. 

“I love that there is a lot of focus on art and culture here, and I’ve really enjoyed living here so far. I’m from a tiny small town near Lake of the Ozarks, so I absolutely adore that there is a focus on historical preservation here as well!”

Rare Perfume Button Necklace

In March 2013, Tania took those passions and influences and started selling her jewelry created from repurposed and vintage pieces. She chose her business name, Ivory Isis, from her online nickname.  “I love Ancient Egypt and my favorite Egyptian goddess was Isis. Ivory is because I am deathly pale ;).”   According to mythology, Isis brings her husband Osiris back from death, so the name fit perfectly with her mission to bring vintage and forgotten items new life. Her business tag line explains it best. “Like Isis brought Osiris back to life, I bring old jewelry back to its former glory.”

When designing her jewelry, Tania still gets her inspiration from antiques and old things. “I really enjoy history and I wanted to incorporate that into my work. Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Victorian designs are sadly still kind of overlooked in jewelry design, and I really wanted to dig into that and get creative with it.”  She does a lot of leg work through brainstorming, Pinteresting, and antique hunting before she puts the materials together, sketches out ideas and finally assembling.  She describes her process as “a little wild and crazy at times, but it’s pretty fun all the same!”  The freedom of having a creative outlet that allows her to work at her own pace on her own schedule is a major source of motivation when she is designing and constructing her pieces.

She joined the Handmade in Kansas City collective at the encouragement of the owners of Ugly Glass & Co, a shop in the West Bottoms where she was vending.  She says the best part of joining has been belonging to a community of makers and sharing experiences and encouraging each other
The next project coming from Ivory Isis? Vintage lace pendants in glass.  “I really want to expand Ivory Isis and also sell some of my artwork as well. I just need a little more time to get it going and I think I’ll be able to start doing this. Other than that I just hope to continue being creative and finding ways to express myself. I’m not too complicated, really.”

You can purchase Ivory Isis at these locations:
Monkey Wrench Clothing
1607 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111

Luna Coffeehouse
1329 Swift Ave
North Kansas City, MO 64116

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A big thank to your Laura from Handmade by Lolo Z for writing this blog post!

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