Meet NIcki of life i design

How life i design started

"Life I design was born out of passion to live a creative life where I; create and design art, make a living selling my art, and inspiring others to follow their passions too!

I had just turned 40, I finally knew who I was, and what I wanted out of life! My kids were growing and becoming more independent, my free time became “my time” where I explored creativity and realized that I truly am an artist at heart.

So I took online courses, made art [some was good, some was really bad], I learned how to build my website and how to create revenue streams all while sipping my favorite matcha lattes on borrowed time before the kids got home from school and were off to their activities until late in the evenings!

I’ve never looked backed once.”

Nicki Traikos, Founder & Creative Director, life i design

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on my artistic Style

"I love really well thought-out designs and products.  My taste is a mix of clean, modern elements - almost a masculine feel that’s balanced by feminine motifs of nature, flowers and soft shapes.  I don’t like busy patterns and feel more relaxed when my eye can “rest” on an object.   But I do want to FEEL something when I look around me.  Design for me is all about being subtle but interesting."

"I’m a huge fan of positive imagery and quotes.  I feel that surrounding yourself with positive imagery and quotes can energetically charge you and your environment.  When I teach any of my classes whether it's modern calligraphy or waterbrush lettering, I stress how powerful words can be and how much more empowering they can be when we write them in our own hand" 

"I also have a cheeky and playful sense of humour and love the reaction I get from people who experience my designs that incorporate a bit of that sass.  Whether it’s on a coffee mug or a art for your walls.  It’s what makes me really laugh out loud… for real!" 

"I love décor that is relevant and relatable that are meant to change with you, to grow with you and inspire change and growth within you.  Sometimes they are just meant to accent a room, brighten up a morning or share with a friend who needs a pick-me-up!"

"What I offer is… art you can use that changes as you change!"

Teaching MOdern Calligraphy is my jam!

I have been a fan of writing in the style of calligraphy for decades.  I've been the proud owner of sets of calligraphy pens, fountain pens and calligraphy markers from about 20 years ago when I was getting married and before Pinterest, Youtube videos and my favorite Instagram was a thing!!

I tried and lettered for hours to create modern calligraphy style lettering without very much luck.  One day about 5 years ago, I took an online calligraphy class where I learned about the perfect tools and tips to start my new calligraphy journey!  

Fast forward to today.  I've practiced my calligraphy writing for hours at a time.  Have had my entire desk covered in letters and black strokes for days.  Have had my hand stained with black ink that I thought would never wash out!

But... I have also sold my modern calligraphy designs, been hired by large companies to create designs for them and have been commissioned to provide quotes, poems and even tattoos in my modern calligraphy style.

For the last year and a half, I have taught many in-person workshops to people who are looking to learn modern calligraphy using a dip pen, a brush pen and even a waterbrush pen!  I am grateful to inspire, teach and share everything I can to help people reach their personal goals for taking a class with me.

I have also written, photographed and published online guides for those who can't take an in-person class with me to be able to learn my Modern Calligraphy style from the comfort of their home, easily, affordably and quickly!

Online classes have been added to my tool belt to help with learning Modern Calligraphy and how to incorporate it into your everyday life, practice and business!

let's get personal, shall we?!

If you've read the other part of this bio of mine, I think you'll have a good understanding of who I am as the artist, letterer, designer, business owner etc.  How about some fun facts about who I am in my personal life and what I love!!??

Let me start by confessing that I am a really private person and don't let too many people in very often!   Eeek! Ok, here it goes!

Meet my high school sweetheart, John.

Meet my high school sweetheart, John.

  • I started life i design when I turned 40! Life is short but long at the same time. It's never too late to start something new, and try something new. If we are lucky, life will be and long and full, so why spend our time being unhappy!!?

  • I married my high school sweetheart. That's right! We started dating when we were 16 and have enjoyed a long and interesting ride together!!

  • I have two teenage children (Marcus and Sabrina) who amaze me every day! I really, really, like who they have grown to become. They inspire me daily.

  • I got my first tattoo at 40 and my second at 44. I am an admirer of tattoos and knew that I would get inked eventually, but I am also a Libra, through and through, so making up my mind sometimes can be very hard for me. Besides, if I'm getting something permanently inked on my body, it's going to be thoughtful and meaningful!

  • Speaking of being a Libra, I am very in-tune with my star sign. I hoard crystals and smudge sticks. I swoon at the moon and listen to the wind speak through the trees. A bit woo-woo, I know. ok, a lot woo-woo. what can I say, I am sensitive to energy and feed off of good vibes and people!!

  • Speaking of hoarding, I am a confessed hoarder of the following items; coffee mugs, throw pillows, crystals, pens, journals, house plants and hand bags!!! Hand bags are always the right fit and go with anything!!

  • Lastly, I am a matcha latte lover and the stronger the better!

  • That's pretty much me in a nutshell!!  I've just shared with you things that only my closest friends know.  Some may not even know it all!!!  Whew.  Felt good to open up!

    Now back to business....

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    planning more tools and resources to share with you...

Making things is necessary for me - it’s my function. In my work I have my strongest sense of failure and at times - my greatest joy”

life i design has been evolving this last few years with a natural shift towards empowering & teaching others to be more creative, passing on the knowledge, tools and skills that I have learned myself and still use today.

My hope is to continue to learn and grow myself, so that I can offer the same to my readers, subscribers, followers and clients!

Thanks for visiting, I hope you find something here that inspires you to live a life you design!!

xo Nicki


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