LUMEN Studios & Gallery was founded in 2019. LUMEN is an artist-run space based at the old Cheese Factory in Tataraimaka, Taranaki. Resident artists include Teresa Goodin (Artist & Alchemist) and Alice Cowdrey (Felter & Maker). LUMEN hosts exhibitions showcasing artists and makers from the Taranaki region.
New Work by Tania Brown
Tania Brown was born into the tribe of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui on 11 May 1967, having spent the first 33 years born and raised in Papakura, South Auckland, New Zealand. She moved to Tataraimaka, Taranaki in the summer of 2000 and went on to purchase the property in 2001 where she still resides.
It was then that she was introduced to raranga (weaving) by a local talented weaver, Tania Todd. Tania showed her some basic weaving techniques, but it would be another 10 years before the flax would pass through her fingers following the death of her mother in 2003.
In 2013 she attended a raranga course at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in New Plymouth, igniting a passion for the Harakeke bush, which continues to this day. Blessed to have had many great weaving teachers since then and also self taught through books and online tutorials.
Her first weaving exhibition in 2014 called ‘Birds of a Feather’ was a combination of 4 artists of varying mediums held at the Korver Molloy Gallery in Tataraimaka. It was a hugely successful event. Since then she submits work yearly to the Taranaki National Art Awards held in Opunake, in October.
The inspiration for her creative work comes from a devine inner place. Usually there is no plan and she feels guided by the Harakeke and it’s desire to express itself. The art of going with the flow, to not be fixed on a set outcome and to sit still at times, she transfers to her everyday life and she is extremely grateful to be able to use her gifts in this healing way.