Natalia Peri — Exclusive Interview
Pools of Light Earrings from Glass Collection 2018/Collection No.1 - An observation of light in the medium of glass. Handmade in New Zealand by Natalia Peri, each piece has been exclusively silver smithed and crafted from recycled sterling silver and handmade glass beads individually formed using lamp working, creating classic elegant shapes that move softly.
I grew up in Papamoa in the 90's. Back then Papamoa was a small tight knit community where people lived more of a bohemian lifestyle near the beach.
My friends Dad Peter Cramond was and still is the local Sculptor. He had an amazing art studio that we would often sneak into to get a glimpse of his human figure stone sculptures. I remember being in awe of how he created smooth concave bodies of stone with only chisels and mallets.
As a child I was constantly surrounded by artists. My next door neighbour kindly gave me lessons in arranging dried flowers and wire wrapping crystals. All of those childhood memories and experiences have stayed with me and still greatly inspire me today.
I will never forget that initial feeling of authenticity that comes with creating a piece from scratch and being able to produce jewellery in New Zealand just felt right.
Can you tell us a little about how your range comes together, about your process as a maker & the people you collaborate with?
I usually start with researching and gathering knowledge which results in a feeling or instinct to base my collection off. Being dyslexic I have never been able to design through drawing so most design starts with visualizing the jewellery being worn and then working backwards on how I would construct the piece in reality. Carving designs out of wax is different and probably my favorite way to bring life into a piece, it is more of a subconscious primitive process and more from the heart.
Glass Collection 2018 is the first collection from my Glass series.
My main inspiration for this collection was taken from the iconic 1920's Pools Of Light Jewellery that was first made from clear quartz crystal spheres.
I love how light moves through translucent glass or is obscured by the frosted textures that Lesley has added to the surface of glass. Still keeping to my modernist style of jewellery I have added accents reminiscing antique silhouettes from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements.
Where do you work from? Can you describe this space?
My work area takes up a part of our lounge and living room and I have converted our front entrance (mudroom) which is the size of an office into my jewellers studio to make use of the dead space but also because I can shut the door and work in quiet.
My creative space is similar, often cluttered with collected stones and dried seed pods or found objects.
What was the most recent thing you saw/read/heard that inspired you?
What are your plans for 2018?