Hi I'm Nina. I’m a Scottish artist and illustrator living and working in the South of France.
I trained as a textile designer, but more recently I worked in London as a fashion stylist. Three years ago I moved with my two year old son to the Languedoc region of Southern France. I loved my work and life in London, but I had a deep longing to bring my son up in the countryside, living a simpler, more sustainable life close to nature.
Finding paid work here was not easy, but that became the push I needed to rediscover my creative path and share my vision of the world. After 18 years, I began painting again.
I have been gradually building up my portfolio of watercolour paintings. I am greatly inspired by the nature that surrounds us: the abundance of wild flowers and birds, the changing seasons and the beauty that continually unfolds.
'Flying grey jay'
I strive to capture the simple delicacy of nature, and the light and love that exudes from its uncontrived beauty. In a world so fraught with worry and anxiety to behold a simple flower can remind us that the beauty and love that we seek, is all around us. Nature is our great teacher, to discover nature is to discover ourselves.
I am already making cards and limited editions of my work, selling on Etsy and local markets. I have also designed and printed personalised stationary, invitations and greetings cards.
A7 cards for flower boutique 'L'atelier Floral'
When people receive my art, they receive a little bit of love and inspiration. On my instagram page, I share a message of hope. I'm so happy when I receive feedback from people saying that my artworks and messages have brought them some peace and joy.
This kind of feedback makes me want to produce more. In the future, I would love to produce bed linen, curtains, fashion, stationary, calendar's... the possibilities are endless...
It is my dream to find worldwide suppliers of my cards, create a beautiful website that is easy to navigate and captures the beauty of the Nina Polli brand, and produce a small sustainable homeware, children's and womenswear collection.
In order to grow I need to buy a small amount of essential equipment, but I don’t have capital of my own to invest. So I need help to raise a limited sum now, and once I have this I will be able to generate income to cover on going expenses.
I am endeavouring to raise £5000 to do the following:
- create an online shop
- print fabric for the production of cushions, tea towels, a girls dress and a woman's blouse
- purchase cards, envelopes and packaging
I would be so grateful for any help to make this dream a reality and create more of what you see here! Follow along with my story on instagram @little_and_wild and thank you so much!