TATIANA CABRAL SMITH - JEWELRY DESIGNER
I STUMBLED ACROSS TATIANA'S INSTRAGRAM A FEW MONTHS AGO AND FELL IN LOVE WITH HER UNIQUE YET SIMPLE JEWELRY. HER PIECES ARE EYE CATCHING YET SUBTLE, TIMELESS YET MODERN AND STUNNING BUT HUMBLE. I INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE. I HAD TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HER. WHO WAS SHE? HOW DID SHE MAKE THIS GORGEOUS STUFF? CAN SHE BE MY REAL LIFE FRIEND?? SO LUCKY FOR YOU ALL- I GOT THE ANSWERS TO MY BURNING QUESTIONS.
Tatiana is a Bronx born and raised, temporary florida resident and Savannah living jewelry designer and creator. She is a wife to her hilarious husband of almost 5 years (garden wedding at night—SWOON!) and a mama to some adorable pets. She is one of those people you can't help but love. She is deeply authentic, adorably funny and just a breath of fresh air! She's the kind of person you want to invite you over for dinner so you can eat good food, laugh way too hard and just soak up the good company. (road trip to Savannah anyone?!)
Faith walk: Tatiana grew up Catholic and learned a great deal from her Grandmother. Her grandmother served as a spiritual leader to Tatiana and led her in devotion for years. She was taught at a young age that a relationship with Jesus was the most important thing and that she could always go directly to her savior. When she was around 14, Tatiana attended a youth group service with her friend at a local Baptist church. She heard the gospel in a way that she could understand and took the next steps to follow jesus. Ironically enough, the first person at the church that was designated to speak to her after her life changing choice that night was her friends mom. #awkwardbutcool
Company: Prior to starting her minimalist jewelry company, Tatiana did social work with Big Brother Big Sister. Her heart for others has long since been part of her journey. Throughout life, Tatiana struggled with anxiety and was a bit of a worry wort. She was on the hunt for a healthy coping mechanism to help her deal with these challenges. She has always had an interest in art and she ended up meeting someone who used to work at Savannah College of Art and Design where she is currently working. The lady suggested she take a jewelry class with the city of Savannah. It was a 3 hour class once a week and she dove right in. The first technique she learned was enameling and she created a big gorgeous necklace. During this process, she got a bit frustrated. Her instructor told her that her piece had character and that’s what makes it cool. That day she learned a valuable lesson-
"It doesn’t work out the way you want all the time and that’s a lot like life."
This recovering perfectionist was on her road to embracing life's little imperfections. The next technique she learned was stamping. Her teacher noticed she had a great talent for that and suggested she keep at it. Tatiana had just recently gotten back from a trip to Ethiopia where she was helping to build a school. This village was in dire need of a school because at this point, the community only had access to an 8th grade education. She wanted to make jewelry to raise funds for them. Her goal was to make something that would keep the village of Wachuge at the forefront of her mind and that's when she created the stamped brass cuff with the name of the village on it.(GORGEOUS!)
After a while, Tatiana began to wear her own jewelry around and people began to comment on it. Informal orders began to come in and things started to take off. One of her friends from Project Runway was going to New York Fashion and asked Tatiana to create all of the jewelry for it. She created 16 pieces for her that also ended up being in LA Fashion week. She is currently in two boutiques and has done other fashion shows in Savannah.
What She's learned: Tatiana spoke so transparently about this entire jewelry making process. She said she is constantly learning and still feels like a baby. She strives to stay as curious as she can and never wants to feel like she knows “a lot”. She isn’t afraid to ask questions and she is open to whatever opportunities God puts in her path. Her advice to the Feast Fam:
Stay open and be willing to do things and awesome things will happen. And work hard too.
Future: Tatiana intends to be totally open to whatever God has for her in the future. She intends to follow the holy spirit into new spaces and to continue to deepen her relationship with God. Her prayer is for God to show her people how He sees them and be a person who helps those in need.
Tatiana is a gem. I am so inspired by the way she uses her God given creativity to hand make these gorgeous pieces and simultaneously support a village across the world. She is living proof that we each have a role to play on earth and that all we have to do is tap into what is already in us. Beautiful things, internal and external come about when we dare to create and dare to believe.