The most delicate of art – paper mosaics – are what French artist, Nathalie Boutté lives for. Raised and softly textured, her works of art are made from recycled paper. Her unique process involves cutting coloured paper into strips and layering them to build beautiful portraits and patterns – some of which channel 1960’s pop art, yet with a unique feminine touch. Nathalie talks to Trendspotting about other worldly delights that make her tick.
Trendspotting: Who or what inspires you?
Nathalie Boutté: The course of the world race, the way man fits into nature.
Trendspotting: What inspired you to create your paper art?
Nathalie Boutté: I always liked to work with paper. As a child I started bending, cutting and sticking paper together. I became attached to this light and voluminous material without which I cannot exist anymore. My passion also could be connected to a childhood memory: a carpet with big fringes, which my mother had created in the 70s, my ‘Episode de Proust’.
Trendspotting: What is the greatest invention of all time and why?
Nathalie Boutté: Photography, an invention which allows time to stop.
Trendspotting: What invention would have been better off if it hadn’t been invented?
Nathalie Boutté: With what is happening in Japan, I can only feel sorry about the development of nuclear power which we have absolutely no control over.
Trendspotting: What are the three things you don’t leave the house without?
Nathalie Boutté: My notebook, a camera and my keys.
Trendspotting: What was the last concert you saw?
Nathalie Boutté: I don't often go to concerts, but the last "musical show" I went to was a ballet at the opera house in Paris: Caligula.
Trendspotting: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Nathalie Boutté: Flying, to see the world from a different perspective.
Trendspotting: What’s your favourite style of food?
Nathalie Boutté: Top chef cuisine and sweet and sour mixes.
Trendspotting: If you could have dinner with any famous person, who would it be?
Nathalie Boutté: With Léonardo Da Vinci.
Trendspotting: What do you imagine the world to look like in 15 years from today?
Nathalie Boutté: I don't know; it changes so fast. I hope it will be better.
Trendspotting: If you could chose any place to live in the world, where would you want to live?
Nathalie Boutté: I have found that place already, it's where I am now. (Nathalie lives in Montreuil, France which is near to Paris.)
Trendspotting: Is there anything else you want to share with the world?
Nathalie Boutté: Happiness.