Exhibition: Out of Nowhere
Nataša Milenović was born and raised in Germany. Her interest in making things started when she chose tech studies as a school subject. On completion, she explored glass, textile, wood and metal and learnt about design at the Werkbund Werkstatt Artschool, Nürnberg, Germany, a bastion of the Bauhaus Movement.
In 1995 she started an apprenticeship as a Goldsmith where she was exposed to many extra curriculum in ancient and modern techniques. Nataša received a grant from the Duisberg Gesellschaft in 1999 in order to work with Regine Schwarzer as an assistant jeweller in Adelaide, Australia where she furthered her studies in opal cutting at TAFE.
Since migrating to Tasmania in 2001 she participated in many group exhibitions, had a statewide solo touring exhibition Junk Jewellery and received a Grant from Australia Council for the Arts to produce New Work, fossicking and cutting Tasmanian gemstones to incorporate in her jewellery, Hidden. For many years she sold her work independently at Artist Markets and Salamanca Market, Hobart. Nataša has been represented in various galleries in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney in the past. Her current outlets are at The Birds Gallery in Melbourne, The Wilderness Gallery Shop in Cradle Mountain and Cobweb Designs in Cygnet.
Natasa’s work is strongly influenced by her resource consciousness and passion for design in nature, utilising a range of techniques including hot sculpturing, where pieces are fused together as well as exploring the textures the heat produces on the surfaces. Currently she is developing a new line of jewellery and objects incorporating roadkill, using bones, fur and feathers. New skills are acquired using lost wax casting technique and bone treatments. Nataša works in her studio at Balfour House, Cygnet, Tasmania.