Finishes & Applications
Who is Nat Maks?
Nat Maks, aka, Natascha Maksimovic is a designer, artist and wallpaper maker based in Margate, Kent. Nat uses a time-honoured artform of ‘Suminagashi’ marbling, creating innovative art pieces by fusing traditional technique with contemporary and expressive colour palettes. Wallpaper making and paper marbling have been listed as an endangered craft by The Heritage of Crafts Association. Nat Maks is constantly striving to innovate and re-imagine these crafts, not only preserving them but making them relevant and accessible for the future.
Who is Posy Patou?
Posy Patou was founded by Camille Roman, a botanical artist and paper craftsman, based in Margate. Posy Patou’s symbolic botanticals and blooms are a modern re-imagining of the Victorian tradition of Floriography, whereby sending floral arrangemnets was a way to send unspoken messages. They collaborate and create custom pieces for brands, photoshoots and events and love to explore new ideas and possibilities.
The Window Installation
The installation is inspired by the Japanese art of Ikebana. Ikebana refers to the tradition of ‘arranging flowers’, or ‘making flowers alive’ and dates to the Heian period. Nat and Posy Patou created an adaptation of the ancient tradition of Ikebana, resulting in a bold and contemporary creation that unites the crafts of marbling, paper sculpture and flower arranging. We decided to ask Nat Maks and Posy Patou to collaborate with George Smith and install their creation in our window because we felt there was a synergy between the two artists and us. Both artists create pieces of exceptional craftsmanship and aim to preserve their selected ancient crafts, while remaining adaptive with the times.