Prepared by a career designing artwork for well-known lifestyle and active brands, Nicky was led to develop her own line of vintage-inspired, American-made neckerchiefs called Bandanña. Her freelance illustration business continues to provide commissioned creative for publishing, advertising, branding, product, textiles, and packaging. Collaborations are most welcome!

Nicky works from her New Mexico home studio with the constant companionship of her babydog, Calvin.


Pattern and placement prints
Surface design
Illustration and hand-lettering commissions
Virtual product mock-ups and line sheets
Color palette and color way collections
Trend research, forecasting
Mood and trend boards
Apparel technical flats, trim layouts

Select Clients
& Partners

ABQ Monthly Magazine
All Night Media
Beckett Paper
Chronicle Books
Clothworks Textiles
Elektra Records
Gloria Ferrer
Levi Strauss & Co
Mademoiselle Magazine
Mrs. Grossman's Paper Co.
Nick's Cove & Cottages
Smith & Hawken
Warner Brothers Records
Willitts Designs


I grew up among the magical collection of Alexander Girard in Santa Fe
where my mom was a curator at the Museum of International Folk Art
I collect vintage: rubber-faced stuffed animals, dolls from around the world, children’s books, bandannas, abandoned quilt projects, donkey figurines…

Member of the The Design Guild
Donor and volunteer for Mentor Me
2015 coordinator for Petaluma Chapter of Social Sketch

Fortunate to call Petaluma, CA my home— the Chicken Capitol of the world and smallest town I've ever lived in.


Sweet talk...

“You are a freak of nature. Crazy talented.” — Tyler Young, Young Nomad Design

“Nicky was instrumental in growing our business and establishing a great art department.” — GMPC Management

“She has the unique talent of customizing her hand according to the project brief. Whether cute, clever, trendy, cool, classy, kidsy, or fun, the hand-drawn, home-made quality of Nicky’s work is a lost art and one that resonates with us, our buyers and our customers." — Kathleen Davis, Speedo

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Here and there...

Uppercase Magazine/All About You, September 2017
Southern Sonoma Country Life/Bandanña Feature, December 2016
Maeza Magazine/Issue 11, June 2016
They Draw and Travel/Gloria Ferrer Map, April 2016
They Draw and Cook/Nick's Cove & Cottages Feast, April 2016
They Draw and Travel/SF Bay Trail Map, March 2016
ChicType/August Wallpaper Roundup, August 2015
PopSugar AU/She Shed Article, July 2015
Speedo 2015 Footwear Catalog/Artist Spotlight, March 2015
Domestic Strata/Fabric Crush Blog, January 2015
Hawthorne Threads/Behind the Seams, December 2014
Pattern Observer/Designer Feature, December 2014
Southern Sonoma Country Life/2014 Tea Towel Feature, December 2014
Sonoma Magazine/The Mix Gift Guide, December 2014
Mollie Makes USA/Home & Studio Tour, September 2014
American Patchwork & Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan/Interview, September 2014
The Works, Clothworks Fabric Blog/Designer Feature, July 2014
Blooms of Nigeria/Commissioned Illustration, May 2014
Make it in Design/Designer Interview, February 2014
Southern Sonoma Country Life/2013 Tea Towel Feature, January, 2014
Design Juices/Artist Feature 1, March 2013/Artist Feature 2, September 2014
Tractor Girl/Designer Feature, March 2013/Revisit, October 2014
101 Florals/Guest Designer Feature, March 2013
The Printed Bolt/Repeat(ed) Fabric Design Contest, 2013
Spoonflower/My 2013 Tea Towel Calendar chosen as giveaway for QuiltCon, 2013
Zeixs Logo Design 3 Book/Logo submissions 1 &2, 2013
Mac|Life Magazine/Crave Feature, November 2012
Print & Pattern/Designer Feature, October 2012
Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design/Final Showcase
Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design/Final Showcase/Do What You Love