Mara Garatti has been involved in art from a very early age. Living in Italy she was involved in many art installation projects working with groups of talented Italian artists mainly from Lombardia region of Italy. Her initial interest in becoming a jeweler started with a trip to the Indian state of Rajasthan 1996 where she became fascinated with the skills displayed by the jewelers of Jaipur as they worked metal and set stones into beautiful art.
Her interest did not wain and after relocating to England, she went on to study jewelery making at Hastings college. Under the guidance of Julie Tucker-Williams (established Hastings based jeweler) Mara's skills were honed.
Her first collection "Seashells"was inspired by unusual seashells found along the East Sussex coast: with them Mara created jewelery that complemented Maika Crampton paper couter dresses in a fashion show.
Subsequently Mara 's inspirations moved to the wonderment of humanity's story .Starting with primordial rock incisions/paintings and moving onto the geometrical shapes of Art Deco period.
In Mara's words: "I enjoy all the processes involved in creating jewelery from the sketching of a piece to working with the metal be it gold or silver.
Each piece produced has his story, his own way of becoming a jewel, a personal tale .The search for material, my passion, my frustrations they make every single jewel something special that is loved both by me and every person who has worn it or will proudly wear it."
Tutti Frutti Collaboration with a group of artists at the Art Forum, St. Leonards 6th - 30th August 2018
Coastal Currents Open Studio Hastings 1st - 30th Sept 2018
Craft Show Coolings Nurseries, Knockholt 2018
Exhibited with a group of established Hastings based artists in a 2 weeks mixed media exibition 2014
Wealden Times Summer and Winter Fair 2014 and 20015
Featured in Wealden Times Magazine (artist profile) 2015
Front Row Fashion Show De La War Pavillion, Bexhill-On-Sea, with Maika Crampton (paper couture design)
Coastal Currents Hastings 2015/2016
Open Studio Hastings 2015/2016/2017
Designer and Makers Christmas Fair Rye Creative Centre, November 2017