Tiffany Teske was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a child, she became fascinated with the art of photography. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe for 12 years, until her teens. In high school, she studied creative writing, oil painting, and drawing. Thanks to a patient science teacher, Tiffany learned to work in the darkroom after school. After graduating she travelled, landing in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, the home of Sugarloaf USA. Tiffany attended the University of Maine at Augusta, completing an Associate of Arts in Photography in 2000 and a Bachelor of Arts Joint BA in Studio Art and Photography in 2002 (both Magna cum Laude) . While in University, Tiffany interned with renowned photographer, William Wegman. Tiffany moved to Canada in 2003. She has lived in Ottawa, Montreal, and Wakefield, Quebec, before moving to Canmore in 2006, and then to Banff, Alberta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 2007. Tiffany moved back to Canmore in 2012 and continues to create there in her home studio, with her husband, visual artist, Dean Anthony, and their three daughters and one son, and a wicked view of the Three Sisters Mountains. The whole camily can frequently be seen as regulars at the Banff and Canmore Farmers Markets, and will be adding the Cochrane Farmers Market to the roster this year. They also sell their work through the Mountain Made Markets, as well as YYC Alternative Markets, Calgary Night Markets, the Canmore Folk Festival, Lilac Festival, Marda Gras Festival, Canmore Highland Games, and many more. Tiffany wholesales her jewelry lines through shops in Banff, Canmore, Field, and Calgary. For a list go to the shops page.
As far as photography goes, Tiffany is inspired by the classic methods of the hands-on craft and processes of this medium. While her past is deeply rooted in black and white film photography, the last fifteen years have seen her work focused on colour Polaroid films and processes, especially transfer and emulsion lifts and the use of Polaroid films with Holga camera (Holgaroids). When Polaroid quit making these films, Tiffany perfected the use of these processes using Fuji films. Tiffany has taught the Fuji transfer and emulsion lift processes last year at Interweave's CREATE mixed media art conference in Irvine, California, and Chicago, Illinois, and she will teach them at CREATE again this year in California and New Jersey. Tiffany will also be teaching beeswax collage, as well two courses, Creating the Vision: Printing and Transferring Your Images and Creating the Vision: Photography for Mixed Media with friend and artist, Dea Fischer.
In 2006 Tiffany started working in mixed media, often incorporating her own images into collage, both paper on paper and canvas and encaustic (beeswax) on wood, and assemblage pieces. She also takes any opportunity to recycle found materials, often vintage, into her works. TIffany also likes to include fabric and thread, using both hand and machine stitching. These pieces call on practical handiwork skills to bring a fresh twist to her photographically based-art. Most recently she has been producing traditional collages on paper and assemblage art vintage silver spoon collages.
Tiffany has exhibited in over 100 solo and group exhibitions in both Canada and the US. Tiffany’s travels have brought her to Aruba, Australia, Belgium, Costa Rica, Germany, Haiti, Iceland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nicaragua, Scotland, Spain, and The Netherlands, as well as all over the US and Canada. She is active in the local community, and has taught arts related classes for the Town of Banff Community Courses, the Banff Centre, the Banff After School Club Recycled Art Program, the Banff Public Library, and to local seniors. Tiffany is the co-founder of Craft Cafe, a former bi-monthly community crafting group. Her work has appeared in PhotoEd, Light Leaks, Cloth Paper Scissors, GreenCraft, I Love Paper, Somerset Studios Gallery, and Filament magazines. Four of her craft ideas appeared in the book, 1,000 Ideas for Creative Reuse (Quarry). Tiffany formally wrote about her adventures in art, crafting, motherhood, and food at http://www.tiffanyteske.blogspot.com.
Tiffany’s art making plans for the future include creating an altered book series, incorporating personalizing collage spoons on commission into her business, traveling as much as possible, beginning a plexiglass collage series with her husband, and nurturing her childrens' inspirations to create art.