Meet The Artist: Nat | Northern Sky Design

November 24, 2021 3 min read

Nat from Northern Sky Design, is just one of the brilliant artists we get the pleasure of working with here at For The Love of The North. I’ve been in touch with Nat recently, chatting about all things art & design, inspiration, her favourite past projects and possible future ones. Keep reading to find out what Nat said!

Sycamore Gap Glass Statuette

Nat describes being a creative person for as long as she can remember - from sewing, painting and drawing, she’s always been attracted to the arts, though it wasn’t until A-levels when her love and appreciation for art really started. She expressed that she had a very inspirational art teacher who inspired her to look at the world through different eyes and introduced her to different styles, artists and mediums. When asked to describe her particular style, this is what she said “My style.. I think I’m still finding it really but most of my work uses simple bold colours and recently I’ve used a lot of rainbows!”


Spanish City Rainbow Glass Letterholder

Since art is such a huge passion for Nat, it wasn’t surprising to learn that she’s earned a number of qualifications over the years including BA in Combined Arts from Newcastle and she even took evening classes at The National Glass Centre for over 15 years. “Recently, I’ve been doing online classes with glass masters which has been really inspiring, lots of new techniques and ideas to explore which has been influencing my work recently.”

I asked Nat where she finds her inspiration for all of her amazing pieces and she said “I’ve always loved Matisse’s paper cut outs for their colour and bold style, but I find influences come from everyday design objects, colour combinations, and of course Pinterest!”

St Mary's Lighthouse Framed Glass Tile

For The Love of The North is, and will always be, an indie business dedicated to supporting local artists and creatives just like Nat. With that being said, it’s always important for us to learn about the artist's experience when working with smaller businesses like ourselves. Nat describes it as a pleasure, stating that every small business she works with brings fresh ideas and many of her products are a result of working with indie business owners who listen and understand their customer. Together they manage to produce products that people love! Safe to say that’s what we love most about working with local artists too.

We personally love all of Nat’s work and we stock an amazing range of her watercolour glass designs but I, of course, had to ask Nat what’s been her favourite project that she’s worked on so far, “Last year I created a garden installation which involved working with a local carpenter who made the frame and made and installed four transparent coloured swirls which were inspired by the heathers and colours in the garden. It was a joy to do and realise and is still looking great a year on.”

And to finally top it all off, I couldn’t let Nat go without asking her what her ultimate tourist tip is! We include a tourist tip with every order we send out, the aim is to give a little snippet of information for anyone travelling to the great North East, or to those who’re just looking for something new to do...here’s what Nat suggested, “For a great way to spend a Sunday, head down to Newcastle's Quayside with its many quality food stalls and artisan and craft stalls. Afterwards, you can walk over the Millennium Bridge to the Gateshead side and wander around Baltic and Sage for free, and finally... if you still have time, relax with apint in the Hawkers Market.. Amazing!

-
I hope you’ve loved reading about another one of our beloved artists here at For The Love of The North, be sure to check out all of Nat's work on our site!

Caitlin Steele
Caitlin Steele


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in FTLOTN Blog

Christmas Guide: Cards
Christmas Guide: Cards

December 01, 2021 2 min read

One of the best ways to spread festive joy is by sending out a greetings card - it’s not always about the big expensive gifts and treats, but rather the sentiment, a simple card can really say ‘I’m thinking about you’. We stock a huge range of amazing Christmas cards, all designed by amazing artists here in the North East. Here is our short guide to help you pick out the best cards for your loved ones this season. 
When everything you really need is right here on your doorstep...
When everything you really need is right here on your doorstep...

November 21, 2021 2 min read

I did have plans to go away this weekend but Covid put a stop to that.  The girls Dad has it and so can’t look after the girls while I’m gone.  I am disappointed and could have really done with some downtime but it just reminds me just how lucky we are to live on this beautiful coastline.  I go away on my own for a multitude of reasons, mainly I think I need time on my own to recharge.
Christmas Guide: Tree Decorations
Christmas Guide: Tree Decorations

November 17, 2021 2 min read

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree...it’s that time of year again! Time to prop up that tree and decorate it in festive goodness for everyone to enjoy. Here at For The Love of The North, we stock a wide range of beautiful holiday decorations - all designed and created by local artists of course, and with this fabulous season upon us we thought it’d be a good idea to share with you our best ones.