LUMEN STUDIOS & GALLERY is an artist-run space based at the old Cheese Factory in Tataraimaka. Resident artists Teresa Goodin (Artist & Alchemist) and Alice Cowdrey (Felter & Maker) work from studios situated inside the space. The gallery hosts regular exhibitions alongside a shop featuring contemporary art and craft by local artists and makers. LUMEN runs regular workshops and holiday programmes with a focus on creativity and wellbeing. You’ll find us nestled in an idyllic valley beside the Timaru Stream surrounded by native forest and exotic gardens. The Factory is also home to Janeen Page Pottery, The Fruity Gardener Nursery and Molloy Sculpture Trail.
ALICE COWDREY - Felter & Maker
Alice Cowdrey is an Oakura-based textile artist who specialises in needle felting. She mostly works with sheep’s wool to felt works of art but also incorporates knitting, embroidery and stitching. Alice looks to nature, animals and folk art for inspiration and likes to tell stories which incorporate her Eastern European ancestry, myth and spirituality. Alice took up needle felting eight years a go and although she mostly works with Corriedale wool, she also incorporates fabrics, cotton, beads, possum fur, human hair, feathers and other natural materials into her work. Needle felting is a dry felting technique where a barbed needle is used to repeatedly jab fibres. This process tangles and compacts the fibres together. The needle is used as a sculptural tool to create flat or three-dimensional pieces of art.
TERESA GOODIN - Artist & Alchemist
Teresa creates complex and colourful handcrafted collages inspired by ancient cultures, esoteric wisdom and the beauty of the natural world. Teresa has been using collage as a tool for exploring consciousness and deepening self-awareness for over 20 years. In recent years she has been exploring feminine archetypes through the lens of mythology and astrology. Teresa graduated from Whanganui’s Quay School of the Arts in 2000 where she majored in photography. In 2007 she graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Art and Design from AUT. Teresa is also a spiritual counsellor, a specialist in the Sacred Plant Medicine of Aotearoa and an apprentice Buddhist Chaplain trained to support people to pass peacefully. She has a private consultation space adjacent to her art studio where she sees clients and dispenses custom made remedies.
Winter Hours: 1-4pm Saturday & Sunday or by appointment.
We are open every weekend, but our hours are seasonal. During Autumn, Spring and Summer we are open during the week and our hours are extended. We recommend checking facebook for our current open hours before visiting us.