Arts Degree Show2015

Natasha Brayton

My main inspiration for my work comes directly from my fascination of the natural world and in particular the micro world that can not be seen with the naked eye. I focus on these organisms, their unique structures and patinations which I then develop into hand made, one off pieces of jewellery.

Over the last couple of years my main artists inspiration has been the work of biologist and artists Ernst Haeckel; who in his book 'Art Forms in Nature' documents in artistic detail hundreds of various organisms. The depth of these detailed images enthrals me and pushed me to research other artists who also use the natural and micro world as inspirations for their work and also resulted in my dissertation focusing on 'Nature, Art and Design: The Evolution and Role of Nature in Art and Design'.

My love of fine metal began in second year when competing in the Student Medal Project run by The British Art Medal Society, in which I was fortunate enough to win a prize presented by Pangolin Editions. My medal titled, 'Time Medal' was displayed at the New Ashgate Gallery for a public exhibition. I loved the process of moulding and casting my own medal and used this method as the main technique for the remainder of that year's projects, before pushing myself to learn other jewellery techniques for my third year.