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 Paloma Faith, former Noisettes front woman Shingai Shoniwa and Kwaye.
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 in my design which could be compared to African textiles. My work is inspired by African design, pop culture and Art Deco. If I had to categorize my work I'd probably describe it as Afro-pop.