Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Lederman.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I started my classical art training with my father, Semyon Bilmes at age 13. My father made art lessons a part of the curriculum and dedicated practice throughout his children’s homeschooling years in a small bohemian town in Oregon. Living abroad in Turkey as a child for a year has influenced my artistic aesthetic and inspired me to bring textures, colors and history from that part of the world into my work.
When I was 17, my family bought land in Maui and I moved there for a year helping my father set up an artist retreat. Next stop was Los Angeles! I continued to work on my fine art career for years to try and find balance and financial stability. Getting into interior design was a complete accident. My husband and now business partner, Tal is a contractor. I assisted him on the design of a few projects for the fun of it and there was definitely a market for my work. I really never intended to have a career change but it’s just how things took a turn and I couldn’t be happier about it. All the fine art training I had really paid off and I now view my interior design projects as I would a painting.
Please tell us about your art.
As a designer, I have to work with the style and taste of my clients. I always try to establish a trusting relationship with the client to accomplish what’s best for the space, in my opinion. I definitely don’t have a specific style, I love so many different aspects of design and it’s often hard to decide which direction to take. I have a deep love for middle eastern textiles and vibrant colors, the simplicity of mid-century furniture, all things design from Japan and the sleek lines of modernism. My goal is to always have a unique space, I don’t think any two clients should have the same room. Thats why when possible I like to source vintage and one of a kind pieces.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
It’s both harder and easier. With social media, you have a broader audience and yet more competition. I feel people value artless now for what it is and more the hype created by social media. More art shows and support for local artists is needed, buy local art when you can. Employ your neighbors instead of large companies.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Through our website and Instagram. People can support my work by either working with us or referring us!
- Website: www.onyxdevelop.com
- Phone: 5413013965
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onyx_development_/
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/gypsyface/