I have been in love with fashion, textiles and
everything sparkly since I was a little girl. My Russian grandmother was an inspiration;
she was always very glamorous and dressed to perfection. Her wardrobe and
jewellery was a huge dressing up box full of 40's and 50's treasures. She
inspired my love for fashion, crafts and all things sparkly and dressing up, as
well as taught me to sew and make.
My background is art and designed based and I have
degree in Knitwear design. I worked in the fashion industry as a production
manager for many years. Through my work I was lucky to travel to India where I
would always find the time visit the most amazing shops over flowing with
My passion for jewellery took me back to college to
take up a course in silver jewellery, which I am still attending and loving! I
have also taken a few short courses in various methods of jewellery
making. From this new found skill and
love for jewellery making, and my experience from working in fashion I set up
Natalia Lovat in 2009.
My inspiration for each piece very often comes from
my vintage finds; I try not to replicate what you can find on the high street
and always aim to have something special and unique on each piece of jewellery
I make. Often just one bead can inspire a whole necklace.
The hardest part of making one off pieces of
jewellery is I become rather attached to them! I get giddy about finding
broken, forgotten about jewellery and turning it into something lovely and new.
Then of course someone snaps up the lovely new
piece of jewellery and I have to wave goodbye to my treasure. But my Magpie instincts
kick in and off I go hunting for more treasure to create something new!
I find is so satisfying seeing someone wearing and
enjoying a piece of jewellery I have created. I always make something that I
love & don’t want to part with, and then I know it’s something that my
customers will also love.
I would love to hear from you. If you see something you like but would like
in a different colour, or have a show stopping dress but can't find a necklace
to match then please contact me.