nathalie lete

Today was one of those special days. One of those extra special, extra ordinary days. The reason, I witnessed French artist Nathalie Lété  painting a beautiful window at the Blue Illusion boutique store at Westfield Doncaster, east of Melbourne.

Blue Illusion boutiques are filled with French inspired clothing, fashion accessories and homewares for women aged 35 years and over.

Nathalie is an amazing and captivating artist. Nathalie lives and works in Paris and today she was visiting my city.  

Nathalie creates her work in many different ways, she mixes different techniques and mediums, illustration, ceramics, textile and painting. Her work is colourful, vibrant and sometimes strange. She is inspired by her travels and also by the mixing of vintage toys and old engravings of flowers and animals. She produces childrens illustrated books, knitted and stuffed toys, glass pictures, patterned dishes, a range of postcards, ceramic sculptures, silkscreen prints, wool rugs and jewels in limited edition.

Whilst visiting Paris the Blue Illusion team discovered the talented Parisian artist. They fell in love with her work and her whimsical illustrations. They had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with her on some of the items which feature in this season’s collection including apparel, homewares and accessories.

Blue Illusion commissioned Nathalie to paint the windows of four of their boutiques,  in honor of her collaboration and inspiration. Today I witnessed in awe as Nathalie transformed the boutique windows with flowers, birds, insects and the Eiffel Tower.

The windows look so gorgeous painted in white. So beautiful and whimsical. I spoke briefly with Nathalie, she was just so gorgeous, so beautiful, so quietly spoken and her English very good. This was her first trip to Australia. Only a short visit as she had left her family at home in Paris. I wonder what inspiration she has sought from her travels to Australia.

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