Natasha May Platt on the Fashion, Embroidery, Muraling, and Persistence

“It’s kind of like falling in love, you know? it’s like, oh my god this is the person! And then you go through all the difficult moments and you remember that first moment and you’re like, ok, this is worth working on because I felt very strongly about this at one point. And it’s kind of the same way with art – it’s like there’s so many hurdles, and some things are not going the way as planned, but I kind of think back to my original inspiration moment and I think, it’s my duty to this inspiration, to give birth to it.”

Natasha May Platt took a bit of an unusual route into the world of fashion – via a Religion and Philosophy major at Harvard. After graduating from college, Natasha spent three years in India training and working in embroidery design under designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. She currently works in embroidery design for New York luxury brands. 

An artist and designer based in New York, when she’s not working in her dayjob, Natasha paints indoor and outdoor murals, inspired by beauty, spirituality, and the natural world. Her murals can be found across the five boroughs of New York, as well as in India and Bali. The rich textile and craft traditions of India have deeply influenced her art.  

Some of the themes discussed in today’s episode include: persistence, learning to separate the merit of your work from its suitability for a particular job,  the value of practicing multiple different kinds of art and doing “art for fun” outside of paid work, and deciding when to take the leap and leave your day job.

Natasha is preparing her first solo show of textile art that will open in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in May 2018. To learn more about Natasha and view her work, you can check out her website, natashamayplatt.com, and follow her on Instagram @surfaceofbeauty.

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