I probably met Renate first in 1996. I was a tour sound engineer for San Franciso based lofi pop sensation Swell, when she joined us in Germany, as the local booking agent‘s representative. Since then, our ways crossed regularly, when i passed with touring bands through Bielefeld, and later, Hamburg. I soon got to know how she used her rare time off to recover at her loom, where she produced wonderful wallhangings, each and everyone a unique work of fine art.
Renate von Löwis of Menar is an educated handweaver, but her love for the music turned her into a professional promoter and tour manager for almost all of her life. She has likely worked with everybody you might think of in the pop and alternative music world.
In 2016 she decided to settle down and dedicate all of her time to her production of art: the rugs, the paintings and lately also various items of interior design. Perhaps we will even see her designing fashion.
Shortly after her decision to now only work from Hamburg anymore, I took the opportunity to visit her at her studio. I took only very minimal equipment with me, to not get in the way, when I was filming her at work. I tried to put on video an idea of the exceptional 3-dimensionality and the incredible color of her handknotted pieces.
In thruth it is virtually impossible to get an accurate impression of the beauty of her art. You have to see it with your own eyes. I absolutely recommend you to try and see some of her work in the real world.
Needless to say that you can buy her fine art to make your personal space a different place with a unique look. You may even become a lucky owner of a singular work that is epecially made for you and for the room where it is meant to be on display. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information.
Renate has been nominated for the Kate Derum Award 2017 in Melbourne, Australia , has exhibited in Braunschweig, Berlin, Köln and Brussels, and has been featured on ozy.com in march 2018.
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