Some call her Nata, some call her the Beyonce of the fiber art world (or maybe just me?), whatever you call her, she is queen. The first time I met Nata I admit that I was a little star struck! I had admired her work via Instagram for quite some time. But, she quickly made me feel comfortable with her warmth and kind words. With the goal of creating a supportive artist community by way of sharing the stories of artists I admire, I instantly thought of Nata and how she needed to be my first interview to kick off this goal of mine. She is such an example to me of kindess and has been a supportive friend from the day I met her. Enough from me, lets get to the interview so you can love her as much as I do!
What inspires your work?
I look for inspiration in other artistic mediums (like painting, sculpture) and read at a ton of art books - but I think my greatest inspo is actually nature. Have you ever just stared at the veins on a leaf or a rolling mountain vista? Those are the patterns I love trying to emulate in my work. Something I’ve really been into lately is trying to create very fluid movement.
With so many fiber artists on instagram, do you ever find yourself comparing yourself to others? If you do, how do you stay positive? If you don’t, tell us the magical cure to this epidemic.
My cure for that was super easy: I don’t follow any fiber artists anymore. Period. I just can’t get wrapped up in the game - it’s not good for my mental health haha. Due to how I run my business, I don’t really get a lot of social media exposure: I don’t produce a large volume of work, I don’t have an online shop, I don’t do website SEO optimization, I don’t do influencer marketing...I don’t even do hashtags on instagram. That being said, any comparison I’d be making with others isn’t apples to apples. How can I compare my part time side business with x followers to some other fiber artist with 100x followers who does this full time and actively trying to grow their business? I find it to be such a emotional roller coaster, ranging from inspiring to annoying to sometimes downright hurtful. I have a number of fiber artists that follow me so I’m definitely not immune to comparisons - it’s human nature...I just need to do whatever I can to minimize that impact on my life...so my tactic is “out of sight, out of mind”.
She's amazing, right?