Detroit artist, Tiff Massey, is a powerhouse creator. Her ability to hop from one medium to next and absolutely kill it had a profound affect on me as I walked around her studio. Tiff’s work is bold, vibrant, and demands your full attention.
She’s taken her training as a metal worker and expanded her reach into wearable works of art, larger than life wall hangings, and striking sculptures unlike any you’ve ever seen. Tiff’s latest venture is turning half of her studio into a metalsmithing classroom to teach and house workshops specific to jewelry fabrication. She even plans to offer residencies to the most talented new jewelers.
Inspiration runs rampant in her creative space. Strong hints of fashion, African adornment, music, and the all encompassing spirit of Detroit drive her voice and vision. When I asked Tiff to explain the vibe of the city as of late, this was her response,
“HOT AND READY! Detroit is/was amazing! I can say, things are changing and changing at an alarming rate only in specific areas. I mean, don’t blink too long. Or just don’t blink. Good or bad, things are happening. There’s more art programming, resulting in exhibitions and performances taking place every weekend, which is great…Detroit is a gem. A city like no other, from it’s architecture, residents, and style. Preservation is what Detroit needs or it will end up being another basic city, void of culture. Detroit is no longer used as a pejorative. Everybody loves Detroit.”
I’d take it from Tiff Massey, this girl knows her gems.