Reclaiming and repurposing materials to use in Natalya’s art has been her practice for years.
Natalya uses meditative hand stitching and mending of vintage linen, alongside her industrial
sewing machine to stitch and collage layers of translucent single-use plastics which would
otherwise contribute to litter pollution. The transformation she subjects them to makes these
Natalya’s design inspiration is drawn from the urban environment, buildings of all styles and
sizes, new and dilapidated. She thinks of bridges as intricate heavy metal lace, and fire escapes
as the iron spines which hold up our aspirations. To Natalya, graffiti is the voice of the city,
powerful and opinionated. Even weeds pushing their way through the cracks in the sidewalk add
to the beauty and complexity of the urban environment.
The contradiction of Natalya’s materials and subject matter – flimsy plastics, vintage linens and
manmade symbols of progress and power – useful and damaging – are the underpinnings for
the social, environmental and political narrative that defines her work. The climate emergency
that the world is facing right now is informing how Natalya lives and practices her art. She uses
her artwork to engage and raise awareness about the need to achieve a zero waste society.
Natalya has been selected to exhibit in juried art shows throughout the United States, including
the Diary Barn’s biennial Quilt National exhibition (2013 and 2017) and the 63rd Annual Art of
the Northeast at the Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, CT. Natalya has also showcased
her works in juried art fairs such as The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, NY and The Philadelphia
Museum of Art Craft Show in Philadelphia, PA. The Visions Art Museum in San Diego included
Natalya’s work in the exhibition, Breakout: Quilt Visions 2016 .
Sharing her expertise by teaching and lecturing on mixed-media art techniques, the creative
process and inspiration is Natalya’s way of making sure the art and craft is accessible to
everyone. She has taught at Hudson Valley Fiber Art Workshops , Skykill Embroiderers Guild,
Create with Cloth Paper Scissors Mixed Media Retreats and many others. Recently she began
working with public schools teaching children in K-12 to create from single-use plastic bags
employing collage and hand stitching skills.
Natalya’s work has been featured in periodicals and books including Surface Design Magazine,
Fiber Art Now , SAQA Journal , Art Quilt Collector, Quilting Arts Magazine , Cloth Paper Scissors
Magazine , Art Quilting Studio , and Artful Adventures in Mixed Media by Nathalie Kalbach, from
North Light Books.
Natalya is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), Surface Design Association (SDA)
and the Katonah Museum Artist Association (KMAA).
Natalya earned her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Following careers in the New York
City fashion and film industries, she lives and works in Westchester County, NY.
Look at some samples of Natalya’s work: