Tatiana Cabral Smith | Jewelry Designer
To meet the incomparable Tatiana Cabral Smith in person is a treat indeed. Between her infectious smiles and warm presence, she’s one of those people who makes you feel welcome.
Tatiana is endearing and smart, industrious and passionate, talented and beautiful. And it’s all of these qualities that she brings to her work - an ethically handmade, artisanal jewelry line that’s becoming increasingly well-known and sought after for its simplicity and elegance.
I’ve been a fan of Tatiana’s for some time now, and it’s been so much fun to witness her growing success.
I recently had the opportunity to learn more about what inspires and brings life to her work.
Brenna: Hi, friend. What is, or has been, your greatest inspiration for your work?
Tatiana: My culture and family have definitely been my greatest inspiration. I’m a second generation American, mixed with Dominican and Puerto Rican. Growing up in the South Bronx and then moving to the South have shaped me as well. I would not be the same without being raised on Merengue and plantains, then learning to appreciate Country music and sweet tea.
Brenna: What does your work stand for or represent? Is it a story of hope? Patience? Passion?
Tatiana: My work stands for inclusiveness and love. I want to make sure my brand reflects our community. I am passionate about helping others, locally and globally. I donate 15% of sales to help fund the needs of the people in Wachuge, Ethiopia. I also collaborate with local non-profits by donating pieces for events or giving a portion of sales.
Brenna: What roles do the people around you play in your work? How do they inform and inspire what you do?
Tatiana: People around me play a huge role in my designs. For example, I have an entire collection dedicated to my maternal grandmother and her daughters. Each shape and figure was thoughtfully created to represent something about each of them.
Brenna: How has Savannah helped to bring your work to life? If you were to leave here, how would that change the narrative around what you do?
Tatiana: Living in this city is truly inspiring on a daily basis. I took a jewelry class with the City of Savannah, so if it was not for that gift from the 912....my line would not exist. I do not plan to move, but if I do, I plan to bring a piece of Savannah with me wherever I go. I may create a collection inspire by her.
Brenna: What has been the oddest thing about your journey?
Tatiana: The oddest thing is that my attempt at coping with anxiety through a class has turned into an awesome business! I do not believe that I am the most talented person in the jewelry business, but I do put my all into what I do. I consider myself a baby metalsmith and I hope to continue growing and maturing as a maker and entrepreneur.
Brenna: If there was one thing about you and your work that you would want the world to know, what would it be?
Tatiana: I want people to know that there is hope. You may feel stuck or as if you don't have options but I encourage you to try something new. It may change your life.
Brenna: What is something we haven't asked you about that you would like the world to know?
Tatiana: Jewelry is like therapy for me. If you struggle with mental health issues, please seek help and also find a healthy coping skill.
For more information about Tatiana Cabral Smith and her work, check out her website here. And be sure to follow along with her journey on her Instagram.
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