Nadine Marchal studied modern literature at University, between words and designs. Then, she dedicated herself to graphic arts and textile design. Her passion for mountains induced her, in 1988, to manage the artistic department of BEAL, based in Vienne, in the French department of Isere (world leader in climbing ropes, harnesses and webbings); she introduced the Jacquard pattern on technical webbings so as to break the chromatic monotony of these accessories. She acquired, this way, a worldwide reputation.
She then worked with many companies, d’Addario and Dunlop for guitar straps, Black Diamond and Petzl for mountain accessories… And she is still, since 1993, the Jacquard designer, in the United States, for Teva sandals and for Lupine (animal collars and leashes).
From 1992 to 2000, Nadine Marchal designed the Jacquard sweaters and caps for the Pipolaki Headwear company which was, at that time, managed by Jean Olibet.
In 1994, for the Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Nadine Marchal designed for France the Huralp Jacquard sweaters worn by journalists and alpine skiers.
She often travelled around the world and developed her artist work, painting and writing.
In 2002, she met, in New York, the Ungadan singer and composer Geoffrey Oryema and discovered other artistic horizons: songwriting and singing. Geoffrey Oryema and Nadine Marchal wrote together the album ‘’Words’’ produced in 2004 by Adrian Chivers. This album, in which Melanie Gabriel, Peter Gabriel’s daughter, was involved, mixes, while sounding very pop, traditional instruments, nanga, lukeme, to guitars. In the same year, Nadine Marchal published her first book: ’’Carnet de Voyage à Lyon’’ (Libris Editions).
In 2004, she became the artistic director of Vandoren (world famous company that manufactures reeds and mouthpieces for saxophones and clarinets). Since then, she has been creating, every year, for them, works such as paintings, collages, animated films, communication materials.
In 2005, Nadine Marchal met the guitarist and composer Stanislas Pierrel. A mere collaboration led to a great complicity; since then, they have been working together within the framework of many artistic projects, among which a music exhibition called ‘’International Story Teller / Paintings Tell a Story Of Hope and Change’’ at the White Mountain Gallery (Don & Kim Johnson – New Hampshire). The funds raised were used to make the first tee shirts designed by street children and Nadine Marchal for the benefit of the association Synjiya-Ton in Bamako (Mali), created by Mamadou Touré.
In 2007, the CD-book ‘’Seeds of Encounters” (Bichromia Editions) was also born from this friendship with Stanislas Pierrel. Concerts, theatre, more and more projects were launched…
In Oullins, close to Lyon, over 3 years, from 2008 to 2010, three groups from different generations carried out an artistic work called “123 Saulaie’’ managed by Nadine Marchal. The objective was to respond to a social and generational diversity issue. The result was an exhibition of paintings, an animated film, a book and a play.
In 2009, in different places, the exhibition ‘’Native to Native’’ showed a series of portraits and scenes of everyday life here or elsewhere… A main theme in which real human stories intertwined with plastic arts and musical creation made of overlays, meetings of materials and colours, from an original technical investigation combining painting, photography and screen printing as a way to tell the private and the universal.
“Jacquard webbings, colours, painting, music, writing and encounters are linked together by the same intertwining of passion that does not stop weaving my life, the ultimate aim of which is the mere pleasure to create and to share.’’ Nadine Marchal