Copyright 2015: Afro Deco
Natasha Lisa is a London born Jewellery designer and illustrator with a studio in hackney. Operating under the Afro Deco label, Natasha channels the stylistic influences of Art Deco design and the vibrant patterns of Dutch wax fabric in her diverse range of acrylic jewellery and artworks. She has made jewellery for celebrities such as Paloma Faith and former Noisettes front woman Shingai Shoniwa.
Natasha studied Fine Art at Central St Martin's and Jewellery Manufacturing at the British Academy of Jewellery formerly known as Holts Academy. She currently teaches Perspex, mixed media and resin jewellery making at the London Jewellery School and Citylit.
My love for Art Deco started as a child in the late 80’s. I remember seeing an interior magazine with the most bizarre furniture I’d ever seen. Bright clashing colours mixed with animal print and asymmetrical shapes. It was the work of Italian designer and architect Ettore Sottsass, founder of The Memphis Group. From that moment I soon discovered the original extravagant style of Arts Décoratifs.
There is a strong afrocentric influence to my design which could be compared to African textiles design. I'm a huge fan of Art Deco design and have been an avid collector of this style for many years. My work is inspired by objects I consider to be beautiful and childhood memories. If I had to categorize my work I'd probably describe it as being afrocentric pop art!
I'm also the co-founder of The Pop Up Jewellers with Marie-Paule Tano of Rokus London. Our mission is to teach simple jewellery making techniques to those who fancy having a go. Classes are usually 2-3 hours long at various venues around London. For details please see tuition page.