Nathalie Hildegarde Liege works as a fine artist using a diversity of media, applied to the themes or subjects she works with.
More recently she made the choice to work again with photography (as it was the first visual art she trained with back in the 80s). It simply came back with the use of photographs in architectural glass for St Luke's Church windows and led to the Eco Vistas photographs and other albums.
Architectural glass is an integral part of her artwork. She worked in a variety of techniques from leaded lights, leaded and painted traditional stained glass windows, to more contemporary designs for techniques such as fusing and research with textures, casting, or experimenting with double glazing.
This has been applied to different kinds of environments, from churches, to private commissions, community based projects and public buildings.
Aesthetically, Nathalie came to explore the use of charcoal black or blue black textures keeping glass as a translucent material ( Gobowen Hospital ), all matt or satin textures of traditional glass paints in contemporary architecture ( Cyber Café, Cineworld or Pitch ), the use of fusing combined with glass paints for the most challenging illustrative aims ( Gobowen Hospital ), low relief glass or photographic materials with glass for St Luke's Church. She also worked at new designs applied to leaded lights.
Between 2003 and 2005, she had to have a bone marrow transplant.The transplant was successful and she is fully cured and all clear after five years of regular check ups.
She made two donations of artwork in return for the great care which has been given to her by the medical profession. One work has been installed in the entrance hall of the Hamar Help and Support Centre for people with cancer and other serious illnesses. The other work will be located in the new Heamatology Day Surgery which will be built once the amount needed is raised. Both are in the grounds of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shropshire.
2008 and 2009 were about the completion of St Luke’s Church windows for the Chapel of The Virgin Mary in Grimethorpe (Yorkshire) and work at various forthcoming projects including writing and illustrating children stories. It is all presented in her News'blog
2010 has been a time for research aiming at defining a new theme for her artwork. She intends to promote this new theme in 2011 via exhibtions or applications for new architectural glass projects. One of the studies she did, was for designing Icons in the Eastern tradition of the Christian Orthodox Church. This study was complementary to the commission of the windows for St Luke's Church.
After attending many SICA Café, Nathalie has got a clearer idea of how she will illustrate her stories. She is also finally on Twitter and will give more of her time to share news via her blog too.
Indeed, 2011 is a year for her children stories(including working with children), stained glass designs or workshops with Shropshire residents,and working at her new theme Enter into the rocks and hide in the Earth with different media (including collages or photographs).
Before and in 2011
2011 March 2011, Exhibition, Van Gallery, Shrewsbury
2010, two full day sessions, Working with children in Shropshire
July 2010, Open Studios in Shrewsbury
On Icons, geometry and contemporary designs for further application to stained glass
Writting of children stories
2009, Conservation and painting, glass-painting master-class at the Department of History of Art, at the University of York
2007, Art Council England Grant for St Luke’s Church Virgin Mary architectural glass project
July 2001, West Midlands Arts Creative Ambition Award
Journeymans Award 1998-2000, from
B.A., (North East Wales Institute) Glass Design
H.N.D., (Swansea Institute) Architectural Glass
Licence Arts Plastiques ( Sorbonne Paris) Fine Arts*
* among the subjects studied in Sorbonne: Literature, Pedagogics and Arts, Phsychology and Psychoanalysis, Aesthetic, Musulman Aesthetic, Ethnology (sub-Saharian), Poetry writting.
Arts professional experience
(Exhibitions are listed in the page With the community)
Initiator and Guest curator, of the architectural glass and painting exhibition ‘Picture or Delay in Glass 13 October 2001 - 24 November 2001 and Conference taking place 21rst November 2001 (speakers: Alfred Fisher, John McClenaghen, Andrew Moor, Caroline Swash, Chris Bird-Jones, Nathalie Liège, Benjamin Finn), Wrexham Arts Centre (North Wales), in partnership with the Memorial Gallery, Yale College (Wrexham)
Invited Lecturer North East Wales Institute, Wrexham, 1st and 3rd Year B.A Glass Design, April 2001, leading workshops
Apprenticeship with Herve Debitus Studio, (Monuments Conservation Glass), Tours, France
One year apprenticeship with Gerard Lardeur, (leading National Sculptor and Stained Glass Artist), Paris, France
Middle Age stained glass tracing painting techniques at the Centre International du Vitrail, Chartres, France
Guide in Georges Pompidou Centre as well as fine artist in Paris, France, 1987 until 1994
Guide in the Musee d’Orsay as well as fine artist in Paris, France, for one year