Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Meet the Members - Hard Love Apparel

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!

Do you have a website or blog address? http://www.HardLoveApparel.etsy.com

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!!!


  1. That final picture is stunning Nickole! Where on earth is that pier??

  2. Lovely T-shirts :) Nice to meet you!

  3. GREAT interview! So glad to get to know you a little better, Nickole! Kiss your baby son for me! Aren't children THE BEST!?! :)

  4. Thanks everyone! Lois, the picture is taken while we were on vacation visiting family last year in Foley, Alabama...it's beautiful there :)

  5. Hi,
    I'm Korinne and my shop is Laughingdogstudio and Galleryoncentral. I live in Santa Cruz, CA.

  6. Great shirts, Nickole! It is so nice to get some background on the person running the shop behind the scenes!

  7. Nice to meet you! You have great t-shirts!

  8. This is a great way to get to know everyone!


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