Fatima Fleming (Fati) grew up in the redwoods of Humboldt County and discovered her love of jewelry through her mother, who sold African imports at community events and dance performances. In high school, Fati began taking jewelry and sculpture classes and continued her studies at College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University. In 1999, she moved to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art and has called the Bay Area home base ever since.
In her early years in San Francisco, Fati worked as a buyer for several vintage clothing stores and developed a fascination with the Old West and Gold Rush-era San Francisco. She began making bold, glam jewelry using repurposed vintage pieces she’d purchase from vintage dealers. Eventually, she transitioned from working with existing vintage components to solely working with precious metals.
In 2008, Fati established Sea Pony Couture, a jewelry line known for its edgy, contemporary and elegant designs. She works primarily with sterling silver and gold, and combines delicate metalwork with ethically procured stones and minerals.
Her work ranges from rings and necklaces perfect for everyday wear to engagement rings and other custom pieces. She specializes in stone inlay and lapidary techniques and her work has been featured in Vogue Italia and other publications. Now based in Oakland, Fati is a resident artist at the popular art gallery Warehouse 416, where her studio is open to the public during business hours and the First Friday art walk.