We were pretty enamoured when we first spotted Natascha Madeiski's jewel like prints. With a depth in colour so rich and striking, there is an ethereal sense of opulence, even magic to them. It was a bit of an 'aha' moment to discover Natascha is a trained architect. Her prints have such a gemstone like depth of colour and texture they seem to project structure beyond the 2D medium.
Similarly, placing Natascha's work in-situ made us squeal with excitement. They are a quintessential showpiece - elevating any space into a curation. Teamed with her contemporary candles, you will have an instant gallery. And during the time of year when we will naturally be spending more time indoors, Natascha Madeiski's work lends a very tangible warmth - something you will treasure for years to come. We caught up with our new Maker to discuss her work and her studio.
Our Series is called 'Meet the Maker,' what do you make?
As a designer I work with different materials. I don’t focus just on one although I do probably know ceramic materials the best. Many of the objects that I make do have a connection or are part of a bigger body of work. The prints I see very much as a spontaneous sketchbook. They are part of the process when designing new objects.
Please tell us about the journey to creating your incredible work. Did you study? What drew you into the medium of both print and wax?
I am trained as an architect. I am also part time teaching architecture. It all started when I was part of a maker's university research group and through that I got to access the most amazing workshop facilities and to experiment with materials and making processes.
Print was already then a vital part of my explorations, but I hadn’t intended selling them at that time. I saw them more like background research for myself. It was only later that some clients asked me whether they could buy them together with the pieces commissioned by them.
I work with wax often to produce prototypes mainly, but during the Covid lockdown it became more appealing as a commercial material. The Atelier I work from had to shut down for that period and that is what allowed me to research into wax and candles.
What does your creative process look like?
I'd say my creative process has got a lot to do with material research and experimentation. I am very interested in finding new ways to use a material or diverting from established working processes. Material exploration is often the starting point. To design and to develop an object I use digital as well as analogue and often more intuitive methods. It depends on the suitability of the project or the context.
What role does colour play in your work
As you can see, colour is a vital part of my work. But I don’t follow any set colour schemes or trends. I choose very intuitively in the moment. I am a lover of all colours.
Please tell us about your studio/work space. What do you need around you to feel inspired and motivated?
I am working from 2 different studio spaces. One is a shared workshop space which is set up with a focus on digital working processes. This means it has got a variety of 3D printers, laser cutters and some other fancy tools that are fun to play with. This studio is very useful in terms of prototyping. The second studio is the messy space which is suitable for mould making, casting, firing ceramics and so on.
What does a typical work day at Natascha Madeiski HQ look like?
My days can vary, it depends on the projects. But generally it is very hands on, sometimes messy and mostly making focused. A part of my day is also admin which is my least favourite. I work with a group of other creatives therefore collectively discussing projects and solution finding is also part of the studio routine.
What advice would you give to emerging creatives who want to start their own business?
I believe that building a strong network with other creatives or the creative industry is a very important aspect. For most people this will happen when they study often with the support of the university or the course they are coming from. I think its also important to showcase the work and to participate in exhibitions as this will generate visibility and (during normal times) allow to meet clients and other useful contacts in person and to build up relationships.