Meet the Artist
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Natalie Mitchell has been creating art since she was very young.
She was awarded many accolades as a high school student, and her
natural talent for color and composition earned her a scholarship to
the Atlanta College of Art next to the High Museum in Atlanta,
Georgia. She has continued her pursuit of the arts through
many careers; ranging from graphic artist, to 3-D animator, to
becoming the manager of a Local Origination Cable Channel in
Birmingham before taking the leap of faith into self-proprietorship.
She and her family currently travel full time with their business,
As a distinguished artist in the field of Feathersmithing,
art comprised of creating beautiful artwork with
feathers, Natalie creates originals to represent the balance of
energies that bring harmony to the Earth and its inhabitants. Using
only natural colored feathers and other organic materials, she makes
intricate patterns that are often described as "kaleidoscope-like", reflecting
perfect balance and symmetry. The symbology of animals
are another favorite motif; along with dance fans, dreamcatchers,
suncatchers, and other feathersmithed items.
Below are a selection of some of
Natalie's feather art and a photo of
Natalie at work. You can select an original or get prints of
her artwork by coming by our booth at one of the many events we
attend throughout the year. Please see SCHEDULE for a listing of
upcoming events. Custom pieces may also be requested by email
The Jones Museum Project : Moundville, Alabama
Natalie was honored with a commission to make a feather
blanket for the Jones Archaeological Museum in Moundville, Alabama,
a public park managed by the University of Alabama and dedicated to
the ancient Mississippian mound cultures. When the museum was
scheduled for a full renovation in 2008 (completed in the spring of
2011), Natalie was honored with a request to design and execute a
replica of a feather blanket cloak for the new museum exhibit.
The completed blanket,
was installed and can be viewed in the permanent exhibit. It
has become an integral part of the palanquins segment in the
museum's central portion. The full-scale diarama, inclusive
display of artifacts, and multi-media exhibit is a wonderful tribute
to the indigenous peoples of the Southestern United Sates. The
museum and research center are a great way for people to learn about
and truly appreciate the history and living culture of the Mound
Builders. The Jones Museum dedicated the exhibit in May 2010
and is open for public viewing 7 days per week. Further
commission pieces are in the works and will be announced when the
projects are completed.
Below are a few more examples of feathersmithing by Natalie