Anna Tabor Studio – Paper patterns for chic jewelry

Jewelry is a hugely popular handmade item, and Etsy makers do a fantastic job in offering pieces that stand out from something you could just pick up at Target. That being said, Anna Tabor Studio is in a league of its own when it comes to curating something totally different—and you’re going to fall in love with every piece.

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Anna’s color-pattern combos are diverse, colorful, and absolutely unique. PC: Anna Tabor Studios

Anna Tabor has always been fascinated with craft-working of all kinds, oftentimes challenging herself to make by hand whatever cute accessory or memorable item she would find in stores. As early as middle school, however, Anna began to develop her iconic method of wrapping bits of colorful paper around wooden beads to make necklaces. What started as a tiny side-hustle during grade school has blossomed into an eye-catching jewelry business.

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What a joyful soul! You can tell that Anna genuinely enjoys making beautiful things. PC: Anna Tabor Studio

Trained in graphic design, Anna has a natural eye for harmonious yet unexpected patterns and color schemes. By collecting scraps of paper from magazines, maps, envelopes, decorative napkins, sheet music, and much more, Anna devises “paper palettes” for each distinctive necklace.

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Necklaces can vary in the number of beads per strand, and the leather cord allows you to adjust the length of your necklace. PC: Anna Tabor Studio

Anna is drawn toward unconventional color and pattern combos when creating her pieces. “We aren’t as afraid of color and pattern pairing as we once were,” Anna remarks. “I think pattern mixing is one of my favorite parts of the process, as I never know how things are going to turn out.”

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So many eye-popping colors and designs! Each bead is its own work of art, carefully created and tastefully paired. PC: Anna Tabor Studio

Exploring Anna Tabor Studio on Etsy, you’re bound to find a necklace with a unique color/pattern combo to fit any outfit you could imagine. As each scrap of paper is individually selected by Anna, no two beads are the same, and every necklace is its own work of art. Be sure to find Anna on Etsy and Instagram, and order one of these beautiful masterpieces for yourself!

Being Sara Dixon – Fresh Design and Craftsmanship

In thinking about the interviews I feature on Ivy&Branch, one of the points I keep returning to is how much motivation it takes for craftsmen to put their work out there and hope someone likes it enough to make a purchase.  Moving past intimidation and making your product public requires huge confidence, and that’s what impressed me most about my interview with Sara Dixon, a gutsy, adventurous young woman who runs a seriously cool Etsy shop (Being Sara Dixon).

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Sara introduced me to Brews on the Alley in downtown Seneca, and I was hooked when I tasted their Irish cream mocha (SO good).

Sara and I met up for coffee and a quick blog interview, but before I knew it we had been chatting for an hour and a half.  Sara has a magnetic personality and I felt like I had known her for years after a few minutes of talking.

Two things that struck me about Sara was her passion for student ministry and her expansive travel experience, both of which went hand-in-hand.  Sara traveled across the country over the span of twelve years as she worked in various locations for student ministry, and as a result she’s had a taste of some really cool cities.  Though Sara said she has always been artistic, she began to actively use art when ministering to youth, and over the years her confidence increased.

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A lot of Sara’s graphics are featured on Society 6.  There are mugs, pillows, prints…go check it out!

 

Sara’s a self-described “jack-of-all-trades” when it comes to art.  If you explore her Etsy shop or website, you’ll find a range of items from hand-made fonts, woodblock prints, downloadable invitations/save-the-dates, and woodburnt items.  Her artistic style presents an ideal balance between rustic and modern minimalism, which makes her art extremely versatile as well as appealing to multiple tastes.

Something that sets Being Sara Dixon apart is her fusion of modern design and old craftsman techniques.  For example, Sara designs each of her woodblock prints and carves them by hand: a labor-intensive process, but the result is truly unique.  Depending on the paper used and the type of ink applied, each print can come out just a little different.  Woodblock prints are a quickly dying art in this digital age, and that just makes Sara’s work twice as precious.

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Sara was commissioned to do a series of animal prints for a nursery, but they’re so versatile that they could fit into any atmosphere. I’m a little obsessed with the lion!

Sara’s travelling experience and artistic development speaks to both the struggle and the dream of most craftsmen.  Listening to Sara describe the artistic and musical communities in the cities she has lived in–notably Austin, Texas–made me want to jump in for a road trip right then and there.  When I asked her about her creative self-discovery and advice for new artists, she had some great insight:

“Creative people sometimes start with such big ideas, and then we feel stuck when we can’t quite reach those ideas.  Start small, then think a little bigger.  Could you take a class? Attend a creative conference? Find like-minded people to encourage your art.  Take what you have, even if it’s small, and just pursue it!” -Sara Dixon

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Sara has woodburnt cutting boards, kitchen utensils, and more up for grabs on her shop!

Especially if you’re a beginning artist looking for some creative inspiration, go find Sara on Etsy, Instagram (@beingsaradixon), and Society 6.  Not only is her work playful and well made, but she has a wonderful ability to pass on her upbeat attitude and encourage fellow creatives.