Profile | Nathalie du PasquierInspiration
Nathalie du Pasquier is a French born and self-taught artist that has been giving our world amazing art for over the past three decades. As one of the original members of the Memphis Group, a pioneering and rule-breaking collective of Italian designers and architects founded in 1981 under the leadership of Ettore Sottsass, her designs carry a strong individuality reminiscent of the optimistic and colorful New Wave era. There is a curiosity and exploration in her work that keeps people coming back for more, continuing to inspire through her masterful geometric graphics and colorful compositions. Nathalie collaborated with iconic 80’s brand Fiorucci, designing textiles for their clothing and accessories. More recently, she has worked with Third Drawer Down, Apartamento x Storage.it, and MSGM.
Nathalie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:
LC: How did your part in Memphis come to fruition?
NDP: With many drawings and some good luck.
LC: What were your sources of inspiration for your early work? What influences you most today?
NDP: In the 80’s: A mixture of punk music, African-printed textiles, and meeting George Sowden. (Nathalie’s husband) Now: Now I am older and have established for myself a kind of vocabulary I have understood that it is only through drawing that ideas emerge. It does not mean I don’t look at other things, of course.
LC: What has driven you to continually make art over the past 30 years?
NDP: The pleasure of doing it, the sense of adventure.Memphis: Research, Experiences, Results, Failures and Successes of a New Design.
LC: What is the atmosphere in your studio like? Do you have any sort of rhythm or process when starting a new project?
NDP: I work alone. The studio is full of light and silence. I work fast and it’s always different.
LC: What is your most valuable item in your collection of Earthly possessions?
NDP: We have Earthly possessions because they are useful. None of them are indispensable. I like all the things I have, but I think I could do without. What interests me is doing things.
LC: What does the rest of 2013 hold for you? Can we expect any upcoming projects or exhibitions?
NDP: Every day is a surprise. For now, there is nothing special planned.Vogue Living.