Please introduce yourself. Who are you, where do you live? Hi! My name is Nickole and my shop is Hard Love Apparel. I live in Des Moines, Iowa US
How would you describe your work / style? My hand painted and dyed tees are fashionable and trendy with a vintage twist.
Who, or what, inspires you? I love the fashion and glamour of “Old Hollywood”, that really inspires me!
What made you decide to start selling your work? Hard Love Apparel started when I decided to continue to stay at home with my now 1 year old boy, but still wanted to have my foot in Fashion. I started selling on Etsy to have that creative outlet and be able to enjoy time with my son!
How did you learn your craft? How long have you been creating? I learned so much about Fashion through my last job as a Style Specialist in a local woman’s boutique. My craft came after doing research about dyeing and painting apparel. I have been creating for about 5 years!
Is there any other craft skill you would like to learn? I would love to learn how to make jewelry! There are so many lovely jewelry makers out there that have fabulous pieces! I always think, “I wish I could do that!!!”
Anything exciting planned that you’d like to share? I recently started selling a few designs at a local handmade boutique in downtown Des Moines; it’s so fun to see my designs hanging in a store!!
Have you had any work featured in magazines/books/galleries? Not yet!
Has your work won any prizes/competitions? I hope to someday :)
If I wasn’t doing this, I’d be………Working with children somehow; I’ve always admired Teachers!
Describe your perfect day. My perfect day would consist of my family and I spending the day at the beach! As we live in the Midwest, we don’t get a chance to see the beach very often!
Describe your proudest moment. My proudest moment was when my son first said ‘mama’! I don’t think it gets any better than that :)
What do you do to relax? I love to spend time with my family and I love to read!
What animal would you like to be, and why? I love aquariums, so anything that lives in the Ocean
What’s your weakness? Oh geez…ANYTHING with chocolate!!!