Paige Taggart founded Mactaggart Jewelry in 2003, but she's been passionate about jewelry her whole life — playing with beads in her hometown of Healdsburg, California. Since then, her craft has evolved into a sophisticated art of counterbalance — juxtaposing stones of raw quality and refined edges with smoother elements. She also loves using vintage parts and pieces, which she reassembles and hammers to create lots of texture and romance. She studied Jewelry Metalsmith at California College of the Arts in Oakland, Ca. and graduated with a BA in Visual Studies from CCA. She then followed her passion for language to the New School, where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing; her love for poetry is reflected in her jewelry concepts and names. From 2006 onwards, she has lived in Brooklyn and worked for various jewelers while honing her own design and craft.
Paige is also the author of two full-length poetry collections, Or Replica (Brooklyn Arts Press, Dec 2014) and Want for Lion (Trembling Pillow Press, March 2014) and 5 chapbooks, most recently I am Writing To You From Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux (Greying Ghost Press).
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New York City smells like a massive dumpster in the summer, I just held my breath past several mountains of garbage and nearly fainted.