Natalie Smith
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Oxford, UK
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My work explores the ideas of growth, transformation and disintegration. I find inspiration in surrealist science fiction, which is rich in atmosphere and imagery. Many of the books describe apocalyptic landscapes and alternate worlds that are on the brink of geographical catastrophes. In these dramatic dreamscapes there are no utopias, emphasis is placed on mental explorations and evocative journeys of the isolated humans.

I create my pieces by combining permanent and temporary materials such as textiles and sugar. I like the pieces to have a constantly changing structure and once completed, begin their transient lives. Depending on how they are cared for they may dissolve in humid conditions, change colour or melt like an ice-lolly on a hot day revealing the materials underneath. The evolution of the work is something that interests me greatly. I do not attempt to try and control what happens to the pieces after they are finished. I like an element of surprise.
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http://natalie-smith.com/
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Mixed Media

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The British are Coming an on-line exhibition of British base Silversmiths

An online exhibition of Silversmiths who currently reside and practice in the UK. The goal is to show the best current contemporary silversmith work from the UK. This exhibition aims to explore if there is a specific British silversmith style that is different from silversmithing styles in other countries.The works submitted have been made from 2011 onwards.Photo left:David Clarke , "INSALTED"Sterling Silver, table salt.10cm x 10cm x 5cmPhotography: David Clarke…See More
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Violet

Neckpiece: 201145x 22x 6cm
Oct 31, 2011
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Piece Progressions

"Piece Progressions" is an online exhibition featuring a variety of art and craft media. The exhibition illustrates the large variety of materials and processes involved in making a complete pieceSee More
Aug 18, 2011
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The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

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May 25, 2011

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Natalie Smith selected for Schmuck 2011

Posted on November 12, 2010 at 7:52am 2 Comments

Natalie Smith is pleased to announce that she has been selected by Dr Rüdiger Joppien as one of 62 jewellery artist to exhibit work at Schmuck 2011. This is a special show of the 63rd International Trade Fair Munich, Germany taking place from 16th-22nd March 2011.



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At 7:29am on November 23, 2012, Brigitte Martin said…
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At 7:26am on December 2, 2010, Katharina Moch said…
Yes it is quite difficult to find a place! But you are in the main show anyway ;)!
Will be great to see everybody again! Looking forward!
At 3:41pm on December 1, 2010, Katharina Moch said…
Thank you very much :)! Yes we are exhibiting in the same gallery this year - I am looking forward to see you there! Congrats on beeing Schmuck!!! That is amazing!!! Are you all exhibiting somewhere together as well?
At 8:27am on September 14, 2010, COLIN DUNCAN said…
I have to admit to reading the book a couple of times, which I don't normally do. It's stuffed end to end with unique ideas.
At 6:36am on September 14, 2010, COLIN DUNCAN said…
Ooh! Coral D, love the Ballard reference!
At 10:59am on July 18, 2010, Xiaorui Zhang said…
I think those people who haven't joined yet are coming soon.
At 7:54pm on July 3, 2010, Colleen Baran said…
Thank you Natalie.

Lovely to e-meet you! You work is beautiful, such evocative textures, shapes and shades. They're pieces that make me want to pick them up and look closer.
At 10:54am on May 25, 2010, Rickson said…
Ooo your work is sooo interesting! I have often had ideas for 'gum drop' type textures. I thought I would dip resin in sugar or something, but of course the sugar would dissolve. What types of materials do you use? If they aren't trade secrets. :)
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