NATANYA MARK ABOUT


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Natanya's practice takes a hands on playful approach, one that is grounded in the throwaway material fragments of our everyday: burger boxes, household fabrics, coffee stirrers. She seeks to build up relationships of meaning out of these objects through curated scenarios - with the aim of understanding how we can be better in touch with each other, and with our environment, both physically and perceptually. As such,tactile workings and workshops make up a large part of her practice.

Pasta + Fashion = Pashion is a ongoing collective movement founded by Project NATTY (Natanya and her partner Nathan) bringing together fashion makers and textile designers to skill share and showcase works publicly over saucy fresh pasta. Project NATTY is a lead partner in Rotterdam Fashion Week 2020

'Local Senses' has recently received Culture Seeds funding from the Mayor of London and GLA. The journey of this work began in 2016, when Natanya initiated the first series of creative making workshops for visually impaired people to be held the Royal National Institute of Blind People. Local Senses has developed into a collective of visually impaired creatives and facilitating artists , managed by Natanya. Local Senses' current project responds to a series of walks local to RNIB, creating personal navigational tools in the process.


Education

Royal College of Art, MA (2018)

English Literature BA, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (2015)
     1st Class Honours


Recent Residencies

F.A.T. Studio @ AMP Gallery, 2019; Traditional Weaving Residency, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2017; Merz Barn Residency, Lake District, Cumbria, 2016; Studio Residency, Chamonix Print Studio, France, 2016; Artist in Residence, University College School, London, 2015


Workshop clients include:

AWomanFest, Chiswick Nursing Centre, Diabetes UK, DIY Space for London, Equal Arts, F.A.T. Studio , Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, HenPower, Holborn Community Association, Parkfield Nursing Home, RNIB

As well as her personal practice, Natanya is co-founder and co-director of F.A.T. Studio, an artist-led Community Interest Company based in South East London that works with emerging artists, designers and community organisations to run a broad selection of creative activities for people of all ages, backgrounds and occupations.

Since April 2019, Natanya has worked as London Development Officer for Voluntary Arts, a national organisation that promotes creativity and creative participation for everyone. Natanya works across London to improve the sustainability and resilience of creative cultural activity. She leads on the Get Creative Festival for London, a national annual festival every May, run by Voluntary Arts with partners including the BBC, Arts Council and Crafs Council.

Following a project in which she engraved fortune-cookie messages onto coffee stirrers, she has decided that a "stirrer" is an apt metaphor for her role as a practitioner, as it possesses the ability to both shake things up and stir them smooth.




Recent Exhibitions

Nov. 2019   Pasta + Fashion = Pashion, AMP Gallery, London
Apr. 2019   Pasta + Fashion = Pashion, Swanfield St, London
Jun. 2018   SHOW,School of Communication, WestWorks, London
Apr. 2018   Hedgeworld Pop-up, Royal College of Art*
Feb. 2018   RNIB Creative Making Workshops Exhibition, Thenga Cafe, London
Jan. 2018   Digital Aesthetics, Royal College of Art
Mar. 2017   Oral Salad, Online Podcast
Jan. 2017   Merz Barn Residency Weekend, The Crypt, London
Dec. 2016   Chandelier, University College School, London*

*solo show