Tania studied at Unitec in Auckland, graduating in 1989 with a Diploma in Craft Design majoring in jewellery. 'I work mainly in silver, but often combine this with carved wood. Many of my designs are based around plant and animal forms, but they also have an industrial element in their mechanized components. Moving parts or mechanisms are a feature of my work. I enjoy making work that the wearer can interact with. Brooches with handles to wind, wheels to turn or compartments to open. I like designing and making work with another dimension to it - an element of surprise and transformation.'