About Nina Zabal
Whatever you do, Do it Heartily
Cinthya Cuba de Zabal is the artist and designer behind Nina Zabal. She was born in Mexico and moved to Washington, DC in 2001 to attend the Corcoran College of Art + Design. She graduated in 2005 with a BFA in Graphic Design. In 2008 and 2009 she attended the Savannah College of Art Design where she obtained her MA in Jewelry and Metals. During this time she was awarded the SJTA 1st Place in Art Jewelry and the SJTA Best in Show during the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association Annual Student Design Competition in Atlanta, Georgia.
She returned to the jewelry practice in 2017 and since then has participated in the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s Art + Design Show, the American Craft Council’s Baltimore Show and has been invited to participate in the Smithsonian’s Craft2Wear Show in Washington, DC later in 2019.
My fine art and graphic design background inform much of my work, and jewelry is a three-dimensional expression of my personal aesthetic and love for color, shape and pattern.
I work on weekly collections and series, usually of 10-20 pieces, that are my response to fashion, interior design, art or illustration. Each collection has the number one goal of becoming accessories that are used and enjoyed. Statement pieces that become precious objects to those who wear them. Objects to look, long for, and objects that become an expression of the wearer.
I first started working with polymer clay in 2008 and I continue to uncover its infinite potential. It has been important for me to produce weekly collections as an integral part of my overall process. It not only helps me refine my technique, but it puts into action a constant exploration of color, textures and design. My inspiration draws from art, fashion, and interior design.
Every one-of-kind piece is crafted in Richmond, Virginia. Find the Heartily collection locally and online.