Natalia Brilli’s mission is to take leather and restore the nobility of this “incredible and paradoxical material”. And doing so by straddling the worlds of the unusual and the outcast; refined luxury and elegance. She is a self described mix of two cultures ” from the north (Belgium) , I inherited a ghostly, dark and surreal spirit, associated with a mix of glamour, and from the south (Italy), inherited a cultivated and aesthetic elegance”.
Using a technique she found from the 1930′s, which covered decorative pieces with leather, she adapted this into her own process, which she named “sheathing”. This being a symbiotic relationship with leather, she takes objects that have been fetished, or worshiped, such as pearl necklaces,skateboards, credit cards and domino’s, and transforms them down to their bare bones. This is a time intensive process demanding patience and meticulous craftsmanship ( pieces can take up to 4 days).