One of a large creative family, Natalie became competent at a sewing machine by the time she was seven, turning her hand at making basic dolls clothes, and later discovering how to make dressmaking patterns for herself. She used to crochet miniscule pieces using sewing thread and make all sorts of things for her appreciative family, who would often say ‘How did you make that?’
Natalie’s grandmother taught her to crochet when she was very small. An elegant woman, she also taught her the art of fine sewing and embroidery, how she made hats and managed to transform the mundane into something unique. Meanwhile Natalie’s mother, a keen dressmaker, taught her to knit and gave her free reign with scissors and needles.
Now, many years on, Natalie often thinks how lucky she is to be knitting, crocheting and weaving with precious metal, using those traditional skills to make pieces for other people to treasure and keep.
Natalie is a classically trained jeweller, she studied at Sir John Cass in London, and makes everything from engagement rings to brooches, interesting commissions and experimental pieces. Natalie has many different collections, and working with fine (pure) silver and freshwater pearls is one of her real pleasures.
Having lived and worked on Eigg (without electricity) for 11 years, she moved to her current studio in rural Dumfries and Galloway in 1990. She makes elegant and unusual jewellery; it is hand made with care and made to last.
Heart Gallery is proud to be bringing this stunning collection of jewellery from Natalie to Hebden Bridge for our Autumn/Winter season.