Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the studio of one of my favorite local metalsmiths - Nikki of Nikki Nation Jewelry. Her workshop is in a very cool building full of artists. It's in an industrial area of Denver called RiNo. I love Nikki's designs because they are geometric yet edgy and I really love the dark grey color of oxidized silver. This pieces would look amazing in bright 18ky gold as well.
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."