Reclaiming and repurposing materials to use in Natalya’s art has been her practice for years. She uses 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 Natalya subjects them to makes these materials unrecognizable.
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. 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. Architecturally inspired, thoughtfully repurposed and delicately stitched is her art practice. The climate emergency that the world is facing right now is informing how she lives and practices art. Natalya uses her artwork to engage and raise awareness about the need to achieve a zero waste society.
For the last ten years, Natalya has been selected to exhibit in juried art shows throughout the United States, including the Hudson Valley MOCA’s 1st Annual Member Exhibition in 2019. 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; The Armonk Outdoor Art Show in Armonk, 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.
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.
She 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.