Tamara's inspiration comes from combining her European and African backgrounds. Her designs have shifted away from the emphasis of wealth and status that traditional jewellery offers, to an exploration of the simplicity of forms. In her design work, this is embodied aesthetically through the repetition of simple forms to create complex designs.
Tamara concentrates on the ancient technique of chain making. She works exclusively in fine silver, for the purity of the metal and the durability it affords. Along with traditional designs, her contemporary chain designs tend to show more of her African heritage and incorporate texturing and weaving metal techniques.