I had an amazing time working in the building industry and learning about how houses were built from the ground up. What struck me while working with clients through the build process was a phenomenon that happened over and over; there wasn't anyone on the ground directing the "big picture" of the design flow. I have seen plumbers, cabinet makers, electricians finish their work and leave new, unresolved issues. Most of the time, the individual projects did not tie into the whole. As a Consultant, my job is to make sure that there is cohesion between all the different elements that come together to create an aesthetically pleasing and functional space.
Through my time working as an artist in these homes, owners would often come to me and ask, "Nathalie, could you help us with this, we have to decide how low to hang the chandelier, could you come and look at the samples of stone for the flooring, what colors should the door trims and skirting boards be, what about the hardware for the bathroom, what finish should we get, where should the "specials" in the tile repeat pattern be, where should we stop the wainscotting and so on...."
It struck me that something was missing in the flow. Someone to target these "in between" areas that fall in between the cracks of a renovation process.
Here are some of the projects that fall in between the cracks that I love doing. It was apparent to my clients that they needed guidance from someone who could see the big picture - how each choice fit in the grander scheme of things. I was realizing, along with them, that I could help smooth out the grey areas, talk to the craftspeople involved and come up with a roadmap that connects all the different aspects of a renovation.
I'm not an interior designer. I'm not interested in taking over a budget, gutting a space and filling it up with furniture again. My aim is to troubleshoot and be a guide with as much or little intervention is required by the project.
2007-present Owner, Nathalie Tierce, Custom Color and Art.
Design and execute art for specific environments.
Examples of art commissions I do are:
Artwork in a particular style (Pop Art, Impressionist, Abstract, etc.)
Portraits (Pets and People)
Designs for wallpaper / repeating patterns
Design Consultant on large scale renovations and new builds.
Typical projects include:
Color Consultation (for walls, ceiling, trim. doors, floors, counters, cabinetry, soft furnishings, carpeting rugs and fabrics.
Ornamental features such as ironwork
Tile and paving patterns
Custom light fixtures
Stairway detail such as balustrades and spindles
Special Effect painting for films:
Feature films include:
"Shutter Island" Martin Sorcese
"Alice in Wonderland" Tim Burton
2001- 2007 Owner and Lead Artist and Designer, Nathalie Tierce Designs
Designed and led crews for large scale murals and faux finishing
Coordinated all scaffold installation and prep work for job site
1999- 2001 Muralist and Lead Scenic Artist
Projects / Clients include:
Yellow Submarine Theme Parks Germany and Japan
Commercials including, American Express, Jeep Cherokee,
1992-1999 Co-Owner Living Image Studios, London. Designed, art directed, executed and led teams for all scenic set projects for feature film, t.v., theme parks, backings for advertising stills, commercials, trade shows. Managed bids, proposals and budgets for all projects including large scale props, special effect prosthetics.
Brilliant Stages (Engineerings and builders of large scale concerts i.e: Rolling Stones, Tina Turner)
Sir Andrew Llyod Webber's "Really Useful Production Co." for theatre and themed commercial spaces
Lloyds of London
Feature Films include:
1991-1992 Scenic Artist at Euro Disneyland, led team of up to 5 artists. Painted murals for dark light rides and other attractions.
Acted as liaison between Construction Managers and teams of scenic artists
Negotiated the coordination of different trades within specific areas of the construction site
Supervised continuity of scenic painting