artist nathalie lete

Nathalie Lete is a prolific French artist who works across a range of mediums. While she paints in a (mostly) traditional sense, where you find her work is not always so conventional. She uses shop windows as canvases - such as those that belong to the USA store Anthropologie, and even creates homewares for them with her designs. Nathalie has also produced a range of books, toys, ceramics, tshirts and jewellery. Nathalie also creates designs for the Australian design Blue Illusion.

Which five words best describe you? I am and I feel always overbusy.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I began with showing my work to the public through postcards and windows, and step after step I had more contacts and more propositions from publishers and more commissions.
What's the best lesson you've learnt along the way? Work and work. Don’t be lazy and don’t discourage yourself, but continue to work.
What's your proudest career achievement? I will have an exhibition in 4 years in a very nice museum in the north of France that will show all my work since the beginning.
What's been your best decision? To buy my studio where I really enjoy spending my days.
Who inspires you? I like Kiki Smith, Louise Bourgeois, the Bloomsbury movement, Calder... but I cannot say that someone inspires me - they give me more energy with their creativity.
What are you passionate about? T
he mix of colours together. I love also textiles, folk art and vintage toys.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Jesus Christ.
What dream do you still want to fulfill? To build my own house in the middle of nature.
What are you reading? Magazines mostly. In fact, I never have time to read. In the day I try to read before going to bed but after two pages I fall asleep. Only on holidays do I finish books. My favourite writer is Stefan Zweig.

images courtesy of nathalie lete and via design*sponge loobylu and anthropologie