Tanya Madoff Designs specializes in accessories with wit and style, handmade in San Francisco.
Tanya has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature, and a background in Book Arts and Graphic Design. This combined with her passion for art, literature, music and social justice, makes her a triple threat to the one inch button canvas. She started crafting at an early age, but her knitting reached new levels in 2003 when she got her first big order of 200 hats and scarves. In 2009, she created Button Club as a way to collaborate with other artists, and bring miniature works of art to mailboxes all over the world.
She enjoys finding creative re-uses for everyday items, like turning bus transfers into buttons and making envelopes from blueprints and sheet music. She can often be found knitting while waiting for the train, at parties, and sometimes in her sleep, (though this last method is the least productive). She loves to play scrabble, walk her dog on the beach, and learn new things. She's a tiny bit obsessed with unicorns. (She will now stop referring to herself in the third person).
The Goods - Every item is hand crafted, and completely unique! Expect slight variations in style and color from what is depicted in these pictures. Yarn, bead, and image colors can change from batch to batch, and computer displays vary, so use the color pictures as guidelines. Many pieces are custom made to order.
Tanya Madoff Designs is a proud member of SFMade.
What is Button Club?
Check out the Button Club FAQ
Any relation to Bernie? No, we're not related, and my family pronounces it differently: "mad - awf," not "made - awf."
In the 7th grade, when confidence was just a thing I read about in Cosmo, I thought being called "mad dog" by my Algebra teacher was the worst fate ever (Cut it out Mr. Carter, I'm trying to look cool!), and I assumed the family name would be known once I became a world famous writer/model/ambassador. As that didn't occur before somebody else made the name (in)famous, it now seems imperative that I keep spreading goodness and craftiness all around.
But back to the name - allow me to refer you to the movie Young Frankenstein:
Igor: Dr. Frankenstein...
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: "Fronkensteen."
Igor: You're putting me on.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No, it's pronounced "Fronkensteen."
Igor: Do you also say "Froaderick"?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No... "Frederick."
Igor: Well, why isn't it "Froaderick Fronkensteen"?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: It isn't; it's "Frederick Fronkensteen."
Igor: I see.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You must be Igor. [He pronounces it ee-gor]
Igor: No, it's pronounced "eye-gor."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: But they told me it was "ee-gor."
Igor: Well, they were wrong then, weren't they?
Photos and designs by Tanya Madoff unless otherwise noted.
THANK YOU to:
Albert Campbell (additional photography)
Natalie Kalustian (additional photography)
Paul Madoff (additional photography & web support)
Joel L. Daniels (for rocking buttons on his jean jacket and letting me use his photo by Chaunna Michole)