Welcome, friend! I'm Natalie, but you can call me Natty.
Around the time I was getting married, (way back in 2009-2010), I started making paper products and handmade stationery for my wedding. A trend that was popping up everywhere was the “hand-painted map,” and I quickly fell in love with the idea. It combined my passions of illustration and travel, and what’s more fun than showing off what you love about your hometown by highlighting what makes it so special?
One of my favorite things to do is visit a new city or town and seek out the spots that make it truly unique. When I illustrate a map or skyline, I try to capture all of what makes a place exceptional — the landmarks and quirky details that make locals proud to call it home. In 2010 I took a leap of faith and opened Natty Michelle Paperie (a play on my nickname, and of course, paper!) What started as an online stationery shop and a part-time hobby eventually evolved into a full-time gig, and I now sell a wide variety of prints and gift items that feature my original artwork and designs. I’m always daydreaming of what comes next! The world and all its gems — natural and man-made — supply me with never-ending inspiration.
I spend most of my days balancing my small business and spending time with my husband, James, our toddler son, Archie, and our newest addition, baby June. In my spare time, I can be found walking around antique malls, binging on everything Bravo, and during football season, cheering on my Georgia Bulldogs! My first real muse was Athens, the Classic City, and I feel so lucky to call this charming town my home. Instagram is my happy place; stop by @nattymichelle to see what's going on in the studio and say hello!
Please reach out if you have any general questions or would like to work together -- I'd love to hear from you!
© 2010-2018. Photos by Kaitie Bryant unless otherwise noted.