Monday, June 27, 2011

Meet the Seller - Nikki from Odd One Out

I think you will all agree that Odd One Out brings a unique and interesting flavour to the Market. 
Meet Nikki and Odd One Out in this Meet the Seller interview - make sure you read to the end to find out about Odd One Out's Meet the Seller special offer for this month!

What is your art or craft? 
Odd One Out products are all based around the idea of up-cycling, they are made predominately from vintage and salvaged materials – meaning each item is original and one off.  My range is ever expanding but at the moment includes; vintage plates with quirky hand painted illustrations, cushions and light shades made with retro fabric remnants and old woolen blankets.  Re-invented jewellery using vintage and found pieces as well as kitsch photographs of vintage Japanese ornaments in brightly coloured ornate metal frames.

How did you start creating? 
I have been making stuff since I can remember. Some of my favourite books as a kid were the ones that showed you how to make fantastic stuff out of junk around the house, needless to say my family suffered through years of presents made from margarine containers and cotton reels!  Not much has changed since then actually; I went to Art school and then studied Textile Design where I continued to be inspired by discarded objects and so called ‘junk’.  After completing my Bachelor of design and then working as a commercial Textile Designer for 7 years I took some time out in 2009 to raise my little boy. During that time I realized that I absolutely had to be doing something creative or I’m just not that happy, so I began to go through some notebooks from my student days and rework some of my ideas – Odd One Out emerged!

Where did the name Odd One Out come from? 
I can’t actually remember when I first thought of the name.  Being a compulsive notebook sketcher and scribbler I have pages of drawings and lists of words and quotes that I love.  When looking for inspiration I go back and trawl through these books – out popped Odd One Out one day at the perfect moment and voila.  I love the shape that the words make when you write them, the letters are all flowing and the name seems to suit my work as it makes you think of something quirky and a bit different.

What inspires you? 
I get inspiration from everywhere – I wouldn’t really say it was from one continuous source.  I love to pick up books and magazines on random subjects (a tattoo magazine inspired my first range of plate designs), vintage shops and flea markets throw up some interesting finds which inspire new pieces and of course going to craft markets and talking with other fantastic crafters keeps me inspired and motivated.

What is your favorite book? 
Having a two year old and trying to keep up with my orders doesn’t really allow me the chance to dig into a proper book at the moment.   So I would have to say my favourite books are my little collection of ‘Edition Paumes’ interior design books.  I love looking at all the inspiring pictures and I couldn’t read them even if I wanted to because the text is all in Japanese!

And your favourite food?
Its actually a food drink combo with special instructions, just to be difficult!  For me nothing beats a cup of tea with a Chit Chat straw.  You bite the ends off the Chit Chat and suck the tea up through it before shoving the lot in your mouth before it all falls apart.  Sounds gross but it is heaven – believe me!

Favourite inspiration site / blog / online shop:
I am becoming increasingly addicted to blogs, which is a dangerous thing! Some of my favs at the moment are:

And I have just discovered Pinterest (oh no!)

Aside from the Devonport Craft Market, where can people buy your work? 
You can buy Odd One Out online from Felt and Toggle.  Commissions and special requests through Facebook  and the Odd One Out website or find Nikki at other markets around Auckland. Odd one Out retails outside of Auckland - details at the website.

Nikki has been really generous and offered
 $5 off any one item if you mention 
that you have read her profile.

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