Artist, Designer, Storyteller


Design geek, story teller, & lover of books, cats, and coffee.

Live from the stage/my workspace

Hi, I'm Nicki. I do stuff.

I design. I build. I cook. I sew. I make art. I garden. I fix stuff. And I drink lots of coffee.

I was raised in the generation that was deeply influenced by Bob Vila on "This Old House," Julia Child, and Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver. From an early age I was taught to think critically, problem-solve, and recognize resources. I grew up gardening, building things with my parents, reading, and cooking.  I love deconstructing things to better figure out how they work, which started at the age of six when I was convinced I could turn my Snoopy electric toothbrush into a Snoopy snow cone machine. (While this magical transfiguration sadly did not happen, I did learn the mechanics of how my electric toothbrush worked—not bad for a six-year-old.) 

I am terribly curious about a wide array of subjects and am constantly learning. I went to school for traditional printmaking (intaglio, engraving, & letterpress) and paper making (yep, that’s a thing). I also taught myself various forms of book binding and book repair. 

I have two degrees in art: a B.F.A. in fine art from University of Missouri and an M.F.A. in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art. I have taught art and art history at the college level, as well as workshops in the art of bookbinding, paper making, journaling, and the creative process. With my partner, I ran Bent Tuba Studio for 10 years.

I am a storyteller and I love discovering new stories & finding new ways to communicate them. I believe everyone and everything has a story that can be conveyed—we are surrounded by stories, whether it’s the pictures we take, the music we listen to, the words we speak, the food we make, or the way we design spaces.

On any given day you can find me reading or watching YouTube videos on woodturning, hugelkultur gardening, beekeeping, combustion engines, or whatever it is that tugs at my curiosity.

I am the co-author of Art is For Everyone: 28 Days of Crafting a Creative Practice.

I'm also an uber book geek and post about book collecting on my blog One Girl Collecting. I’ve written several guides to what you need to know about various collectible tomes—all of which you can find on my author page.

You can find me on Instagram: @nicki_does_stuff