Mary Tangora

Artist Statement: 
Love finding new ways to make beautiful objects from discarded items. you can find my works on: www.wwandl.com www.donttossit.com www.bigcartel.com www.etsy.com/shop/TANGORADESIGNS
Bio / Description: 

Fine craft artisan and owner of both Tangora Designs and local gallery in Urbana, called "Wind Water & Light Gallery"

Undergraduate from Southern IL University in fine art Photography and Communications. Started Tangora Designs in 1989. My focus is on up-cycling discarded items and creating new unexpected uses for them. I specialize in jewelry but have been known to do some assemblages, furniture restoration, and hand made paper objects as well. I've been making "Cultured Beach Glass" jewelry and accessories for nearly 30 years. Many of those years my main income was from art and craft shows and wholesale to galleries around the country. This past year I have expanded my designs to include paper, wood, and plastic. From Art Deco to Steam Punk, my designs are proven to bear the distance of time. Once you try them you will be hooked. A few years ago my Mom started showing signs of dementia so my days of traveling to art shows needed to be reexamined. During this time we started a brick and mortar gallery called "Wind Water & Light" in Urbana, IL. My husband and I have run the gallery for 7 years. We represent around 200 artists local and national. I am excited to use Etsy to gather my clients from the days when we would show my works in areas far and away from Champaign - Urbana. We give a little something to charities every month whether it is a gift certificate for WWL or an angel that I made. You will find ear rings both symmetrical and asymmetrical, (and yes we make clip-ons), angels, mermaids, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Now and then I make assemblages and paper bowls up cycled clocks from maps and plastic bottles. All up cycled and mixed up! Many people think the name is ANGORA but it is actually Tangora, my maiden name. But Angora kind of fits the softness of the tumbled beach glass. I majored in photography back when there wasn't any such thing as digital. I breathed too many raw chemicals during this time and had to find another discipline for myself. Walking down the beach one day I picked up a piece of beach glass. How beautiful I thought and how can I make this in Illinois? The rest is history!
Oh, I LOVE TO SWIM.
Won a few awards for my works. If you are interested, ask me and I'll tell you.

Phone: 
217-356-8228
Address: 
Champaign, IL