Mary Tanana

Mary Tanana is a designer who is inspired by many things; art, photography, gardening, landscapes and nature. She approaches her work with a boho, edgy flair. She’s had a life-long love affair with anything patterned, and after a long and successful career as award winning jewelry designer, she has once again embraced her first love of surface pattern design. Mary originally studied fashion illustration at Syracuse University, and has adapted her fascination with textures and patterns into a unique design style. Her design style is defined by very intricate pattern work. She loves to sketch in a variety of mediums, and often refers to her many sketchbooks, both old and new, for inspiration. She is fascinated with henna designs from India, folk art from the Ukraine, Russia and Poland, and loves Zentangle art. She has traveled extensively, and takes a lot of photographs wherever she goes. Mary tries to translate textures that she sees in landscapes, nature, or architecture into something fresh, eye-catching, and colorful. Mary is also an avid gardener and collector of orchids, loves looking at flowers and plants for ideas, and the variety of textures and colors that come from them. Mother Nature is always an inspiration to her.