Friday, June 22, 2012

AtelierGilet's Summer Memories

Please meet Nadia from AtelierGilet and her amazing summer creations!

What is it about summer, that you like most?
I love summer because I can spend much more time outdoors and stay in contact with nature. I like walks on the beach with my dog ​​and in the evening go canoeing on the calm waters of Garda lake, where the mountains are mirrored. It is a moment for great inspirations and relax!

Where did you spend summer vacations, when you were a child? What are your favourite memories of that time?
When I was a child my family often went camping in Puglia region in southern Italy. I remember the unique scent of the woods of maritime pines that grow along the coasts and the song of cicadas. Marvelous places! 

Do you have any story to tell, about something special, that happend to you in summer?
I fell in love with my partner in the summer of '94!

If you could only read one book all summer long, what book would it be?
I've read and reread The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov at least once every summer from when I discovered it in high school years.

What music makes you feel summer?
I've just discovered the bossa nova... you know, The Girl from Ipanema! I can't stop listening to it in these hot and lazy summer afternoons.

Could you share a recipe of one of your favourite summer dishes?

Cold Salad of Farro

Ingredients for 2: 
150 gr farro (spelt)
100 gr mozzarella
200 gr tomato of Pachino
a handful of black olives
a handful of green olives
a handful of rocket
just enough coarse salt
a pinch of table salt
a table spoon of extra virgin olive oil

Rinse and drain the farro. Bring a pot of boiling water, add coarse salt and boil the farro for 45 minutes. Drain and let cool.
In the meantime, wash tomatoes and cut them into four parts. Cut the mozzarella into bite-size pieces. Place them in a medium bowl. Add rocket, some black and green olives and spice with a pinch of table salt and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
When the farro is at room temperature, add it and stir.

Buon appetito!

What is you favourite DIY summer project?

In the summer southern Europe smells of the bloom of lavender fields. I have a special place where I can collect the flowering tops, which I put drying in a shady and airy attic. With the dried flowers I make parfumed sachets to stow away in the drawers to bring the scent of summer in the cold season.

Thank you Nadia for the great story!

Please visit Nadia's shop to fall in love with the rest of her creations:

and read her blog, and find her on pinterest and flickr :))


  1. Lovely work!


  2. Beautiful post! I love your finds... and now I want to read that book!

  3. I have so enjoyed this look into Nadia's life. Loving the brooches and pillows and the Farro salad sounds delicious. :)

  4. Enjoyed reading this lovely insight to Nadia's world ~ love her work and I can almost taste the fresh salad ~ yum!

    1. Thanks, Maryia, for such a fantastic interview!

      I've got a packet of farro just sitting in my cupboard - can't wait to make that gorgeous-sounding salad :-)

      I loved this interview - I feel like I know Nadia really well now, and all the wonderful photos make her story even more vivid. I've very much enjoyed including her work in my treasuries, and now that I know even more about her life as an artist, her pieces will have even more meaning for me.

      I wanted to mention that I've just created an About page for my shop, which talks about how and why I began making block printed textiles. If anyone's interested, it's here:

      Best wishes - Ilene

  5. Lovely work and the recipe sounds great. I paint, cook with and collect lavender from my garden and local lavender fields.