About Tanya Brown


Tanya Brown may be contacted via email, tanya@tanyabrown.org.Konnie Tiki


Tanya Brown is an artist, a writer, and a longtime resident of California's Silicon Valley. Her artwork couples 3D/CGI and fiber, and has been exhibited across the country and juried into international shows.

An early interest in art was interrupted by the need to feed and house herself. After working rotating shifts at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in order to pay her way through school, she became an engineering physicist at that laboratory. When she wasn't being irradiated and exposed to high voltage at work, she pursued a formal education in art and graphic design. This led to a career in graphic design and as a 3D/CGI illustrator, including work in Wired Magazine and other publications.

Upon the birth of her son, she turned to the tactile medium of fiber, a pursuit she could enjoy in the bursts of time when he wasn't screaming.

Her work is a reflection of her view of life. It varies between whimsical and morose, depending on world events, the phase of the moon, and how much coffee she's ingested.

In recent years her work has merged 3D/CGI with textiles, creating portraiture and pieces which explore societal ills. Her work has appeared in shows such as Quilt National and a variety of books and periodicals.



TAFA SDA Quilt National Artists



1000 Quilt Inspirations, Sandra Sider

Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits, Martha Sielman

Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World, Martha Sielman

Cutting Edge Art Quilts, Mary Kerr

Fly Me to the Moon: An Art Quilt Journey, Susanne Jones

HERstory Quilts: A Celebration of Strong Women, Susanne Jones

Quilt National 2011: The Best of Contemporary Quilts

Threads of Resistance, The Artist Circle Alliance

Quilting Arts Magazine, October/November 2017, HERstory

Machine Quilting Unlimited, September/October 2017, Do Dragons Like Cookies?

Machine Quilting Unlimited, March/April 2017, Fly Me to the Moon

Surface Design Journal, Winter 2016/2017, Tanya Brown

Textile Fibre Forum, December 2016, Nida's Nightmare

International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene, 2016/2017, Special Exhibits

Textile Fibre Forum, June 2016, Censorship in Art

Textile Fibre Forum, September 2015, Reader Gallery

Machine Quilting Unlimited, July/August 2015, Noteworthy

American Quilter, July 2014

International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene, 2013-2014, Quilts: A World of Beauty

International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene, 2012-2013, Quilts: A World of Beauty

Quilting Arts Magazine, August/September 2012, Gallery: Inspiring quilts from the new book, Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World, Martha Sielman

Loveland Reporter-Herald, June 29, 2012, 'No Place to Call Home' exhibit at Loveland Museum/Gallery provides insight into homelessness, Jeannie Lancaster

Quilt Trends Magazine, Summer 2012, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: Celebrating 35 Years, Suzanne Smith Arney

Machine Quilting Unlimited, January/February 2012, Jaw Dropper

Studio Art Quilt Association Journal, Fall 2011, SAQA Provides Curating Experience, Kathleen McCabe

Art Quilt Studio, June/July 2011



AQS Lancaster 2014 (2nd Place, Wall Quilts, Home Machine Quilted), 2015

AQS Paducah 2014, 2015

Fly Me to the Moon


IQF Houston 2009, 2010, 2011 (2nd Place, Art Painted Surface), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (3rd Place, Digital Imagery), 2016, 2017

IQF Journal Quilt Project 2007

IQF Journal Quilt Project 2008, "Journal Quilt Project II: Elements - Earth, Water, Air, and Fire"

Mancuso World Quilt Show 2015

MQX East 2010 Special Exhibit, "Humor is the Best Medicine"

Northern California Surface Design Association Exhibit "Beyond the Surface," 2016

PIQF 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (Best Machine Workmanship), 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Best Sewing Machine Workmanship), 2017

The Artist as Quiltmaker XV, 2012

Quilt National 2011

Road to California 2011, 2012 (2nd place, Art Human Image)

Studio Art Quilt Associates Exhibit "No Place to Call Home," 2010-2011

Threads of Resistance