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Artist Profile

Tania Patterson was born in 1969, in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1986 she began studies in Craft Design at Unitec in Auckland and graduated in 1989 with a Diploma in Craft Design – Jewellery. Since then she has established herself as a self-employed jeweller, exhibiting in both group and solo shows throughout New Zealand. These include Fingers in Auckland, Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, and Form Gallery in Christchurch.

Artist Statement

“I work mainly in silver, but often combine this with copper, titanium, wood or stone. Moving parts or mechanisms have been a feature of my exhibition work. I enjoy making work that the wearer can interact with. Brooches with handles to wind, wheels to turn or buds to open. I like designing and making work with another dimension to it – an element of surprise, the unexpected.”