Natha began making her own jewerly to fulfill her wish of finding specific jewelry pieces in stores. Now, Natha’s own creations start off as metal sheets and wires and are hand crafted to create a new, unique piece that has meaning behind it.
What made you decide you wanted to be a jewelry designer?
I love working with metal- it’s so hard yet so forgiving and you can almost always come up with cool solutions if you mess up your first idea up! Jewelry creation is a natural progression with metal. Making jewelry is lovely because you get to make beautiful objects that are destined to become treasures.
I didn’t discover my passion for metal and jewelry design until my mid 20’s. When I did though, I went to art school in Denver to study it. I am always taking workshops on new processes and I teach workshops as well.
Almost all of the metal work in my pieces start it’s life as metal sheets and wires. I use lots of cool processes to transform it into adornment including a big torch, various chemicals, blades, hammers and compression. It makes me feel like such a bad ass- I get to play with fire and acid everyday!
Currently, my biggest inspiration comes from words. We have so many luscious words in our language- I love how one word even, can conjure such vivid imagery and make you feel a certain way just by reading it. The Hearts and Wings and Flames line has good examples of how I like to use words.
I like life as an independent designer because I can do things the way I want to do them! There are a lot of hats to wear though so you have to make sure that you are spending as much time on things like marketing and sales as you are on designing and creation.
Make sure it feels good on- no sharp edges or stones. Always buy yourself a piece of jewelry when you’re on vacation or for something momentous. That way your jewelry box can be a little box of memories and pretty objects!
What is your overall personal style?
Despite the fact that my nails are a mess and I wear a dirty apron and respirator to work in, I am a girly girl. I love clothes and shoes. I like to wear unexpected combinations together like a slip as a dress over jeans or striped socks sticking out of tall boots. It makes your day more fun!