5 Questions For Nathalie Lete
Nathalie Lete is a Parisian artist who has collaborated with labels from Anthropologie to Issey Miyake and whose whimsical designs have inspired the latest collection from Blue Illusion. Nathalie was recently in Australia where she painted the windows of the Blue Illusion store in Double Bay, Sydney.
1. This is your first time in Australia. What did you think of Sydney and Melbourne?
I prefer Sydney, it seems you can walk around more easily than in Melbourne which is more spread out. It’s like little villages. I don’t drive so prefer places where you can walk everywhere.
2. You’ve travelled all around the world. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Travelling is very inspiring. Especially in Asia, Japan, and out of the cities, where people still handmake a lot of things. It’s so interesting to see peoples’ crafts and techniques that are so unique around the world.
3. Like the adorable headpiece you’re wearing? (It’s blue netting with silk ribbon flowers sewn all over – stunning!)
I love this accessory so much too! I picked it up in a vintage market in Boston. I love finding beautiful pieces like this around the world.
4. We are huge fans of Blue Illusion and Anthropologie at SheSaid! What is it like collaborating with different labels around the world?
It’s a lot of fun, I’ve been doing it for many years now, and I like to build the relationship, not just do one collection, but evolve with the company. With Blue Illusion, it’s great, I get to travel from Paris to Australia and experience a different country and culture. With Anthropologie, I do a collection of clothes, ceramics and glasses (which sell really well!).
5. What piece of advice do you have for new artists and designers?
New designers call me up all the time asking me about how to become successful. I tell them to start slow and small and build the business up gradually. I have been designing for more than 20 years. These days people want and expect success straight away but don’t plan for a long career.