When you see Natalie Adams work you are immediately transported into a vibrant, exotic and colourful world, miles away from grey British skies.
Born in England, Natalie grew up in Hong Kong and Shanghai. She returned to the United Kingdom for her degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art. Her jewellery is evidentially a reflection of her years in Asia: Modern, cutting edge architecture fused with the traditional lattice work of the old Shanghai, dipped in bright reds, pinks and greens .
The result is a mix of very intriguing 3 dimensional shapes, executed with great precision and attention to detail.
Her chosen materials are acrylic plastic tubing, enamelled coated wire, sometimes gold and silver.
Natalie’s work involves a great deal of precision work by hand:
- The acrylic tubing is cut and sanded down.
- All the grooves that hold the delicate wire are hand sawn.
- Once everything is prepared, the tubes are hand dyed, giving the plastic such fun colours and delicious transitions from one shade to another.
- Then the wires are woven through the grooves.
- The colourful chain links are made from coils of jewellery wire and twisted to make double helixes.
I particularly love Natalie’s Sunset Collection: True statement pieces in a riot of pink, orange and blue colours!
Natalie is currently Artist in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art and her jewellery can be viewed and purchased from the Designer Jewellers Group exhibition at the Barbican Centre until 23rd December.
Natalie Adams has accomplished a fantastic first collection and I am certain she has a great future ahead of her!