Well, it's here! Our first artist interview and giveaway to be featured on the site is with Nicki Martin, of Viridian Handcrafts. She designs and crafts those beautiful leather flower necklaces, brooches, rings, and headbands you have recently seen in the shop.
A: Thanks so much for being a part of this today Nicki!
NM: Thanks for having me here! It's a pleasure to chat with you, and I'd love to give your readers a little "peek behind the curtain" of what I do.
A: Tell us a little bit about yourself:
NM: I'm Nicki Martin, accessory & jewelry designer and the owner of Viridian Handcrafts. I've been "crafty" all my life and have dabbled in everything from knitting to sculpture, but when I decided to make Viridian a full-time occupation I was drawn towards creating unique accessories and jewelry. Leather is, of course, my favorite medium, and I love anything that sparkles so crystals and beads feature largely in my work.
A: Why did you decide to become an artist?
NM: Because I wasn't as happy doing anything else! I actually studied business in college, but realized pretty early on that I wouldn't make it far in the corporate world so I needed to find something more creative to do with myself. I also have a bit of a problem being told what to do, so even though Viridian keeps me quite busy it's work I don't mind doing. I'm so grateful that I get to do what I love for a living!
A: How has your jewelry changed/ developed over time?
NM: Well, my style has definitely become more intricate, and my leather flowers have gone through many incarnations since I started making them. There is so much you can do with leather, and I'm constantly learning new tricks and ways to manipulate it. I've also become more daring with color and more willing to experiment with different color combinations.
A: What inspires you?
NM: Inspiration can come from anywhere, but I most often find it right here in my studio! I love to look through my supplies and wait for a single bead or piece of fabric to catch my eye, then design an entire piece around that first glance. When all else fails, I go bead shopping- all those colorful strands never fail to spark ideas (it can get overwhelming, in fact!)
A: Do you have a quote you live by?
NM: "Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful" -William Morris
That must explain why I have no sentimental chotchkes around... sorry Mom!
A: 3 things you couldn’t live without...
NM: Coffee, a sharp pair of scissors, and lip gloss!
Here are a few pictures of Nicki's studio:
beads, beads, beads!
leather in fun spring colors!
showing us how the magic is done!