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Meet Trailblazer Nikki Stout

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikki Stout.

Nikki, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always loved creating. I was the kid who had zero interest in sports. I’d rather be inside baking, drawing, sewing clothes for my barbies or rearranging my bedroom. Not too much has changed here, well, I don’t sew barbie clothes anymore. I started to practice calligraphy about five years ago and fell in love with the way it had the ability to calm my mind. When you are calligraphing, it is very much like meditation. You are solely focused on the nib, ink, paper, and words you are constructing and all the noise just dissipates. I started to make prints and mugs for my friends and family who continually have encouraged me to open up shop. So, here we are, just a few years later, haha, and I finally have begun!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
One thing I’ve always struggled with, and still do, is finishing anything. I get close to completing one project and then think of a new thing to create. I’m working on this.

This is why right now there are only mugs in my shop. I spent so much time learning and practicing that it’s taken me a long time to actually make a storefront. Which can be a challenge. I felt like I’d rather just do these things for friends and family than put myself out there. My advice would be to stop waiting until it’s perfect. If you have fun creating, do it, sell it, but don’t make it about the money. Don’t compare your journey to others. And remember why you started doing this.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m definitely not reinventing the wheel here. I make things I love that I’d want in my home. Currently, I’ve been focusing on mugs, but I also create art, tattoos, signs, and logos. I love, love, love creating custom lettering and art for people so that will be an option in the shop soon!

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
I think as women, we can really tap into our ability to connect people, and our desire to connect with people. To use that to help younger artists, designers, or anyone who is interested in the field you’re in. After all, a rising tide lifts all boats.

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Jessica Stout

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