Nikki started studying jewelry while in college. She was originally pursuing interior design, but after taking a metalsmithing class for fun she decided to switch her major.
The process: "My process usually starts with general ideas that have been floating around in my head. I tend to just start working versus sketching. Once I start working, more and more ideas tend to bounce off of my current design or project. I then go and sketch out those ideas, fairly fast, and use them as a reminder of a idea to come back to. Once I have finished a piece, I sketch out all of the exact dimensions and details so I can reference it for the future. I also tend to work in groupings or start a series with slight design changes. I guess I tend to work backwards in comparison to a lot of artists!"
The inspiration: My inspiration comes from patterns, textures, architecture, geometry, urban landscapes, systems, and connections. I would say a mix of all of these elements both natural and man made, and how they interconnect.
Favorite artists: "Alexander Calder, Piet Mondrian, Flora Bowley, Todd Pownell, Todd Reed, Victor Vasarely...to name a few!"
Currently listening to: "Right now I'm all over the place! I've been listening to a variety of Aphex Twin, Leftover Salmon, Frankie Knuckles, and a lot of jazz. I've been in my studio so much, that I have been rotating all over. If I had to pick one, I would say I listen to Badbadnotgood at least once a day."