JTJ X SLATE Collaboration

Introducing Artist Nathan Slate, whom I had the pleasure of meeting back in January 2019 when Nathan and his husband ‘to be’ embarked on a Wedding Ring Course with me at my studio… I instantly knew I was working with an epic force of creativity which resulted in a fabulous collaboration!
Fast forward 5 years and I am now currently in collaboration with Nathan Slate, working on some really exciting boundary pushing wearable art pieces to compliment his ethereal raw fashion collections that grace the catwalks of Madeira, Nathan Slate’s home when he’s not residing in Somerset.
Nathan Slate makes his own jewellery items from clay, rope, driftwood, crystals and copper foil but expressed an interest that he was wanting to inject a more refined precious element into his concept pieces. That’s when he got in touch to discuss how we could work together on some collaboration pieces.


Having started this year off on a finer art note, getting back in touch with my fine art roots and practicing life drawing, I knew I was ready to get sculptural with Nathan on a collaborative jewellery project working initially with recycled silver, brass, quartz and pyrite.
I LOVE Nathan’s raw aesthetic and began taking inspiration from this. Taking the stress out of everything having to always be so perfect and enjoying working in an experimental way again, allowing the silver solder and file marks to be seen, just like Nathan’s unconventional uncut threads on all of his fabric creations.


with our Herkimer Goddess Design, an alternative bridal look.


Nathan brought to me a stunning layered gown of cascading shredded satin which formed the initial basis of our collaboration. This raw contemporary alternative bridal Goddess garment was named the ‘Herkimer Dress’ after a day Nathan spent with me in my studio.

Sketch book and pencil in hand, Herkimer diamond quartzes a plenty, pyrite crystals small and large, a broken golden rutile gem and drift wood sticks, we started designing together.

With twists and turns of textured silver, beaten brass and talks of kinetic sculptural flow over many cups of tea, our concept jewellery pieces evolved. It was the Herkimer Dress and Nathan’s passion that greatly inspired the three pieces of sculptural jewellery featured here in the form of an upper arm cuff, crown and statement drops.

Herkimer Drops
Herkimer Crown
Pyrite Cuff

The creative collaborative result was this beautiful yet powerful Goddess look shot by our amazing Fine Art and Wedding Photographer friend Oxana Mazur for a recent styled shoot curated by the wildy talented Alicia Flower Designer and Joanna Kieliszczyk-Clay, Cake Artist and owner of The Orchid Kitchen at The Mount Without venue in the heart of Bristol city.

Styled Shoot
Styled Shoot
Styled Shoot
Styled Shoot
Styled Shoot


A Ballerina Queen, born from a vision of  The Orchid Kitchen.


From his new ‘Nervous System’ Collection, yet to be released, Nathan also brought to me a beautiful mottled ballerina dress of rain and leaf printed silk, tattered textured ruffs, and heavy pleated cotton textile.

This dress had been specifically designed as part of a collaboration with Cake Artist Joanna of The Orchid Kitchen for her vision of

“a magical fusion of ballet-inspired elegance and the raw beauty of nature”.

This in turn inspired my layered Winged Crown – an experimental sculptural headpiece with spiraling wire, made within a crazy 12hr focused workshop session from roll printed textured silver and brass complete with an oxidised Pyrite Cage Pendant, Angular Drop Earrings and free-form included Quartz Ring.

Winged Crown, Pyrite Cage Pendant & Wild Quartz Ring

It was such a joy to see how our art jewellery and fashion design collaboration formed part of the really exciting alternative wedding collective vision that all came to fruition so effortlessly at the epic Mount Without shoot, thanks to a fantastic team of creative industry professionals!

Styled Shoot
Styled Shoot
Styled Shoot
Styled Shoot
Styled Shoot
The complete creative styled shoot team…


Planning, Styling & Concept  @theorchidkitchen

Planning, Styling & Concept @aliciaflowerdesigner

Cake @theorchidkitchen

Floral Designer @aliciaflowerdesigner

Textiles @miasylviaa

MUA @kathrynbmakeup

Tableware @hiretwentyone

Hair @totrobsonhairdesign

Garments @nathan.no.brega

Photography @oxiphotography

Videographer @filmby_mel

Stationery @papiro_stationery

Venue @themountwithout_events

Jewellery @julia_thompson_jewellery

Content Creator @contentwithlove.co

Model @aprilgallagher_

Model / Solo Ballet Dancer @lauren_shaw509

Other photographers on the day @courtneymariephotography & @megandonatiohotography


Bridgewater, Somerset.


Nathan has recently opened his SL – ATE Concept Store in Bridgewater this June 2024. It’s an incredibly exciting space with a carefully curated selection of super interesting and emerging Designer Makers in a variety of mediums to include yours truly.

After browsing and shopping the bespoke wearable art, designer lifestyle and homeware items, you can relax in Nathan’s contemporary creative space with a coffee and pastry… sounds like my idea of heaven!

I am showcasing our collaborative pieces of Wearable Art there and will also be exhibiting with Nathan there alongside Oxana Mazur as part of the Somerset Art Weeks Festival in September. The space also offers Artist Workshops so you can come and make perfume, hand throw a pot and of course make fantastic recycled silver ingot jewellery with me… Don’t take your eyes of this space!


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