A career designing trendy accessories and graphics for private label lifestyle brands manufactured overseas was a great education in the process of mass production. However, I also gained first-hand experience about waste and damage to our environment by fabricating merchandise to be disposable and cheap.
My useful goods are illustrated with a sense of place. Each of my collections is drawn from my own diverse interests and a desire to create vintage-inspired, classic and serviceable products. Dedicated to sourcing domestic labor and materials, Made in USA will always be an important foundation of my brand.
Occasionally I accept commissioned illustration work for other brands or special projects. I appreciate hearing from shop owners about their own ideas and design needs — you all know retail best!
Happily back in my home state of New Mexico, I work from my home studio with the constant companionship of babydog, Calvin.
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
Having moved back to Albuquerque from the California North Bay in the Spring of 2018, I’m happy to be back in the land of art and rich culture.
Pattern and placement prints
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
ABQ Monthly Magazine
All Night Media
Levi Strauss & Co
Mrs. Grossman's Paper Co.
Nick's Cove & Cottages
Smith & Hawken
Warner Brothers Records
“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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