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Women Who Create
This is Tiffany Marx

Women Who Create is an ongoing portraiture project all shot in B&W in my studio in Woodstock, Cape Town. I love to connect with other creatives and see what motivates them and find out what is behind there work.

I’ve known Tiffany for well over two decades and started jewellery design alongside her when we were at school. Tiffany went on to become a full time pro-jeweller. I’d describe her as a passionate, hardworking force to be reckoned with and a loyal and beautiful friend. Tiffany produces her unique handmade range of jewellery and bespoke, custom made orders from her airy, industrial studio in Salt River, Woodstock.

After graduating from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology she launched her own highly successful range of “Inspired Jewellery” at the 2007 Design Indaba.
Now, several years later she runs her own shop in The Watershed at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.Over the years Tiffany’s ranges have evolved yet also remained consistent in their integrity and her personal style which is bold, clean and contemporary. I’ve included many examples of her work and you can find more here on Instagram.

A Q&A with Tiffany Marx:

What is your all time favorite quote?
I have far too many to just choose one, here are some of my favourites:

“Where there is love, there is life” – Gandhi

“What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul” – Deepak Chopra
“The future belongs to those who believe in the power of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“The earth has music for those who listen” – Shakespeare
“Watch carefully, the magic that occurs when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves” – Atticus
Do you have pet peeves?
People who litter and those who don’t respect another’s time.
Your worst trait?
I can be a terrible procrastinator!
What is/are your greatest extravagance/s?
The usually VERY rare weekday lie in with my kitties all snuggled up purring in bed with me (this has been a more frequent occurrence during lockdown and I am loving it) and my ever-growing Gin collection.
Your greatest fear?
Losing the use of my hands and eyes…
What defines your idea of happiness?

The fact that I wake up excited and get to do what I love every single day.

When and where are/where you happiest?
I have two. The first is in my studio – in the early morning or late afternoon evening when the light is at its most magical and I can sit and work and soak up the views of the mountain. The second would be in our beautiful home – snuggled up with Jack and my two amazing kitties.
What is your most treasured possession?
The amazing art pieces that I am lucky enough to have inherited from my late grandfather and Artist, Hannes Harrs
What does your (physical) creative space look like?
Amazing natural light, pops of yellow, green trailing plants, industrial glass windows with a panoramic view of Lions Head and Table Mountain, and the most beautiful polished, textured concrete and resin floors.
What do you get huge satisfaction out of doing apart from your primary creative outlet?
I adore cooking and find massive satisfaction in working with clay – any creative pursuits that I can get stuck into and really experience the process of.
When creating what is your biggest frustration?
Not having big enough chunks of time to just sit at the bench and lose myself in my work.
When you’re in your ultimate creative space what word would you use to describe the experience?
You can find Tiffanys Instagram feed here,- its gorgeous.