Natalie Salisbury

As a contemporary jewellery designer-maker Natalie Salisbury 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.

Having graduated in June 2010 from the School of Jewellery in Birmingham she became part of a government-run incubation and mentoring scheme entitled 'Design Space' where she was introduced to business techniques whilst sharing a workshop with other emerging designers. Following her year at Design Space she has since become a founder member of the Jewellery & Silversmithing collective 'Quarter Studios', also based in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. This access to a bench and to the various technologies that the Jewellery Quarter provides to self-employed creatives was imperative to the development of her collections.

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.

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. Recently Natalie has been developing one collection that utilizes Computer Aided Design and milling techniques, and also working on another that focuses on laser technology. The result is a broad portfolio of work that includes  interesting, delicate, but yet strong statement pieces.

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