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Interview by the Houston Chronicle

August 22nd, 2013 by Nikki Smith

After receiving the FAA Artistic Merit “Tony” Award earlier this summer, I was contacted for an interview by Megan Mattingly-Arthur, writer for the Houston Chronicle. The full-page interview was published yesterday in Houston Chronicle’s “Faces in the Crowd” special feature. You can read the full article online here.

Houston Chronicle interview, 08/21/13 (preview)

The artwork featured at the top of the article is “Sweet Jenny Bursting with Music” (below) with fine art prints available here. This is one of my favorite pieces!

Also mentioned in the article is my award winning “Guitar Siren” (below) with fine art prints available here.

Finally, my “Wee Planet” photography of downtown Bryan (below; fine art prints here) was the photo that first launched me on this path and led me to consider myself seriously as an artist.

Looking back, it is amazing to see just how much my artwork has grown over the years.

I’m walking on sunshine this morning! 😀 I’m also really craving some art studio time so I can get busy and create some new artwork!

Found Poetry Self-Portrait

January 9th, 2013 by Nikki Smith

My Found Poetry self-portrait is published in the current Jan/Feb ’13 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine!

Found Poetry Self-Portrait

To create this mixed-media self-portrait I rescued a severely damaged and abandoned book and upcycled it into fine artwork, selecting a word here and there and piecing them into unique, original poems and stories. Here are a few samples (but not all) of my poetry in this piece:

“one raindrop fell,
and then many,
a perfect circle expanded
perhaps a little breathless
you chose this moment
to kiss me”

“she licked
some rain
from her lips
in slow-motion arcs
a sudden thought
a kiss. a smile.
memory”

“just dance.
crazed like fire-flies.
it was like a vision
it made me feel
sexy as hell.”

“I was deeply in love with
my own idea of love.”

And, surrounded by my swirling breath in gold paint: “I imagine no more words were necessary”

I highly recommend viewing the piece close-up to read further poetry hidden within the artwork.  You can do so by visiting this link and clicking anywhere on the artwork for a detail view.

Papercloth Squid Book

September 28th, 2012 by Nikki Smith

Today I wanted to share with you one of my all-time favorite handbooks.  It has the most organic, touch-me vibe!

This book was featured in the 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors PAGES, shown above.  (If you haven’t seen this magazine, you should definitely check it out!  I also have a fun tutorial article published in the same issue on how to make an accordion book with envelope pages.)


I love everything about this book!  The interior pages have Turkish map-folds so that they explode open.  Each page spread was decorated with organic forms made of custom printed tissue paper.  (See the upcoming November/December 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors for my tutorial on printing your own custom tissue paper from your artwork.  It’s super easy!)


The book has wrap-around covers in four directions – you can see how it opens up below:

And below is the cover with the beaded closure.  Check out that amazing texture!


The cover incorporates custom printed tissue paper as well.  Here, I’ve used tissue paper to create a large sheet of papercloth (also called fabricpaper) from which the cover was cut:

Watch this blog for a tutorial on creating your own papercloth in early November!

7 Wonders of the World – Juried International Art Show

April 22nd, 2012 by Nikki Smith

I am a part of ‘7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD’ – a juried group show of 7 international artists, artisans & photographers at Together Arts – International Online Gallery for the month of April 2012 on www.togetherarts.in

The artists in the show include:


Maggie Vlazny (above),


Jean Hamillton Ford (above),


Christina A. Pacillo (above),


Nikki Smith (above),


Under-Priviledged Girl Child Artists from Vimukti School (above),


Archana Sethi (above),


and Umesh Saxena (above)

I cordially invite you to visit my gallery at:
http://www.togetherarts.in/home/?p=1943

Please do leave a message for me after visiting The Galleries, I appreciate your feedback…

Craftgawker Feature – Wee Planet Tutorial

January 7th, 2012 by Nikki Smith

Just a little something fun – my Wee Planet tutorial was featured in CraftGawker!
CraftGawker.com features Wee Planet Tutorial by Nikki Smith

If you subscribe to Cloth Paper Scissors magazine (and I recommend it highly!), then please check out the upcoming March/April 2012 issue.  I’ll be giving a step-by-step Wee Planet tutorial for PhotoShop Elements.  And if you create your own Wee Planet, drop me a link – I’d love to see it!  🙂