Jewelry designer, Taya Koschnick comes from a long line of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs. Taya grew up in Oberlin, where she was raised by her dad, a puppeteer, and her mom, a jeweler, metal smith, and small business owner.
When Taya was 14, her mom married Ebrima Sillah, a third-generation bead and textile trader from The Gambia. Ebrima is an important business partner in addition to being a supportive stepfather; he connects Taya and TASI to beads and bead dealers from all around the world.
Taya started TASI designs in 2008 with her sister, Silvija in Portland, OR. TASI pieces are elegant, unique, and made with the highest quality materials. Many pieces feature beads that are antique, ancient, rare, or even one-of-a-kind. Taya is inspired by designing with beads and stones that have a history, giving them a new path on their journey through the world as objects of personal adornment.
Through the years, TASI jewelry has been worn and loved by thousands of people, including Hollywood actresses—in two Twilight movies, Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, and the television show Grimm.
TASI jewelry creates a spark of beauty, treasured for life.2014, Taya started a sister company, Stowaway Jewelry.