meet natalie abrams
natalie abrams is an american sculptor and jewelry designer, who has exhibited nationally at pentimenti gallery, the mccoll center for art + innovation, redux contemporary art center, city ice arts, glass wheel studio, the boston center for the arts and numerous other distinguished galleries. ms abrams has been awarded several coveted residencies including the sam and adele golden foundation for the arts, escape to create and the jentel foundation. her pieces are included in prominent collections including those held by the thompson, spurlock, fitzhugh, bell and deluca families, as well as marsha dowler, cassie brown, karen keane holland and other notable figures within the industry. in recognition of her abilities with their product, industry leader r&f paints asked her to create a signature piece for their corporate headquarters. natalie’s main studio currently resides inside the legendary Torpedo Factory Art Center, just outside Washington DC.
born in highland park, outside of chicago, in 1967, natalie hails from a rather fascinating lineage. her father, an american businessman, was a keiretsu elite and her mother is a chaos theorist. growing up, her uncle and hero was a rhodes scholar in antiquities and german literature, who worked as an underwater photographer for jacques cousteau and playboy. he went on to co-found the diving certification program (padi). and then, of course, her cousin is an international, punk star who holds advanced degrees in japanese literature.
natalie began her artistic journey at colorado state university. her degree in design gave her a strong understanding of color theory and spacial awareness. after college, she spent over a decade in architecture, which is noticeable not only in her use of lines, but also her pieces' uniquely, engineered structures.
in 1999, she began dedicating her focus to fine art. the culmination of years of development with various media, ms abrams began constructing pieces featuring sweeping, delicate structures which mimicked vibrant organisms and fantastical plant-life. during this period, her pieces reflected her devotion to environmental causes, exploring the systemic nature of interaction between societies and their environment.
around 2007, natalie began crafting wearable sculpture as gifts for her friends and colleagues. in 2013, her installation work took a turn in look and intention, incorporating reclaimed products. by 2015, her work had adopted a more scientific appearance, as she began addressing the future sustainability of our global environment.
natalie opened abrams wearable in november of 2017, finally offering her wearable sculpture design to the public. her first line of accessories are entitled heliotwists. helio meaning light. twist meaning a redefinition. a heliotwist is a redefinition into light. each work in the heliotwist line is inspired by an iconic woman. the intention being to incorporate the wearer into a breathing, evolving sculpture expressing empowerment. as natalie explains, "heliotwist began as a thought experiment. how can i capture substantial moments in time? moments that leave a permanent mark on society. i decided on a frozen drip for that analogy."
Ms Abrams moved her jewelry studio to the renown Torpedo Factory Art Center, just outside washington dc, in 2018. abrams wearable will be expanding internationally to select fashion-forward jewelry, apparel and wedding boutiques, this fall.
through her speeches to universities and art institutions, ms abrams has sought to provide motivation and guidance for burgeoning artists. to this day, she prides herself on personally mentoring young designers, helping them forge their own paths in the worlds of sculpture and jewelry.