In Design College Nikki began weaving bits of hair into loom-woven textiles and secretly dying hair swatches with fiber reactive dyes instead of the requisite cotton fabric swatches provided in her surface design studios. Chronically perplexed by the task of making her art school peers accept hair as an art form rather than simple cosmetology, she tried exhibiting in fashion shows where her hair designs were unfortunately dictated by the clothing. Post-graduation, Nikki continued her education in cosmetology school, answering a “divine calling” after seeing a flyer by chance in an empty bus seat. Nikki relocated to Miami Beach to pursue the arts in a more culturally-diverse and socially-aware environment. Wetting her feet as a stylist in a salon on the famed Lincoln Road, she was always more interested in creating the artistic window displays there than working from behind the confines of the client in her chair. Her passion is evident through a body of work ranging in diversity from installations, wig work for theater, show and stage hairpieces with LED lights, smoke and live fishes, a collection of recycled metal “Art to Wear” for Art Basel Miami, to hair sculptures commissioned by Miami event impresario Barton G. for one of the infamous P. Diddy parties. Making a living as a freelance hairstylist and makeup artist, Nikki collaborates with local production companies and performing artists. In an odd twist of fate, Nikki has garnered a celebrity clientele along the way.
the human condition and the human form; namely, principles of femininity...hair and pure pigment as applied to the human canvas and the artistic and societal implications of their placements; utilizing hair as a textile; hair beyond the realm of cosmetology
RAW gives exposure to unconventional and non traditional talent in an arena where these types of artists have been tragically and historically under represented. That plus hairspray, mascara, and hot sauce.
hairspray, mascara, and hot sauce