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As a contemporary jewellery designer and maker Natalie creates dramatic yet wearable bespoke pieces of work to adorn and decorate the body for both special occasions and everyday life. Trained primarily in metalwork but with an aptitude for fabrics and textile design Natalie combines materials such as lace into design collections that explore pattern, repetition and texture. Much of her work involves a strong focus on rich floral aesthetics and bold colourings. Natalie is inspired by fashion and theatrical costume, old school glamour and burlesque, and she translates her references and research into work that varies in both the processes used to design it and the materials chosen to make it. The result is a broad portfolio of work that includes interesting, delicate, but yet strong statement pieces.

Having graduated in June 2010 from the School of Jewellery in Birmingham in the UK, she became part of a government run incubation and mentoring scheme entitled Design Space where she shared a workshop with other emerging jewellery designers and silversmiths. Following her year at Design Space she became a founder member of a Jewellery & Silversmithing Collective entitled Quarter Studios, also based at the heart of the famous Jewellery Quarter. 

Natalie moved to Wellington, New Zealand, in early 2014, bringing her business and the entirety of her workshop with her. She moved into the communal jewellery workshop 'Workspace Studios' in May of the same year, and has continued to focus on making and designing whilst raising her profile in the southern hemisphere ever since. And, since December 2015 Natalie and three other members of Workspace Studios have united to form 'The Makers' - a jewellery collective with a shop situated in their workshop. Through the combination of their creative and practical strengths these four women have created a retail space in which they can also work from, selling from their individual collections but also excitedly taking on many of the commissions that come their way.

 

 

 

Education:

  • BA Hons Design for Industry Jewellery & Silversmithing: Birmingham City University
  • HND Design Crafts: Wolverhampton University
  • HND Jewellery & Silversmithing: University of Central England, Birmingham

 

Awards:

  • Award of Excellence: FLUX Exhibition as part of Brilliantly Birmingham, December 2010
  • 1st Prize: Charles Green & Son CAD Design Competition, March 2010
  • Shortlisted: Jackson Travel Prize, May 2006
  • Commendation Certificate and Silver Award: Goldsmiths Craftsmanship Awards, March 2006
  • Shortlisted: Royal Society of Arts 'Medal Design', March 2006
  • 2nd Prize: Domino Manufacturing & Casting competition, February 2006

 

Publications:

Showcase 500 Rings: Lark Publishing 

Natalie is excited to announce that she will be taking a break from her jewellery making business this Autumn and Winter due to the arrival of her first child! However, whilst she is certain that new parenthood will come with many trials she does intend to be back in the workshop and ready for orders in the run up to Christmas 2017. She does apologise for any inconveniences caused, and asks you to check the stockists page if you are eager to purchase a piece of her handmade jewellery. Alternatively, if you do have have any questions for her then please do email her at natalie@nsj.co.nz. It may take her a little longer to get back to you than usual, but she can assure you of a response. Many thanks for your understanding and support…Natalie Salisbury Jewellery.