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Hype DC x adidas Originals: Nicole

19 November 2015 2:06:04 PM AEDT

"Showing consistency and dedication over an extended period of time is something that I really value."

Can you introduce yourself?

I'm Nicole. I've been working for Hype DC since 2012 and have been managing Garden City in Brisbane for over 3 years now. I also have a pretty decent shoe collection that would likely put yours to shame.

What’s it like balancing a burgeoning creative career?

Juggling full time work, a personal life and still dedicate time to my creative work can be pretty tough. The way I see it, if something is truly important, whether it's a job, a relationship, a goal, you have to dedicate yourself to it, even if you're not getting paid! Showing consistency and dedication over an extended period of time is something that I really value.

I always try to set a full day or a good few hours to my hobbies, whether I go out and take some photos or spend the day at the pottery or just chill at home and draw, as long as I'm spending time on it, even if it's not much, it's better then nothing at all. But then there are those weeks where I actually get nothing done, or I get too caught up in where other people are at, then I feel pretty shit about it. I think that's a good thing but.

Are you surrounded by creative people?

Thankfully I work with other creatives so it's nice to be surrounded by likeminded people within work and also outside it. But to be honest, it's very easy for me to get caught up in my own little bubble and I usually just do my own thing and chill. It's always nice to have a good support network though, for advice and inspiration. My family is also amazingly supportive and they are probably my number one fans.

"Moulding something with your own hands, crafting something from what used to be a lump of dirt just gives me a feeling of real happiness and satisfaction."

Talk us through all of your creative outputs and why you do each of them.

My main creative outlets are ceramics, photography and drawing. Photography was just something randomly got into when I bought a cheap Holga camera in 2008 I reckon. I just love how simple and easy it is to use, just point and shoot. But then the exposures always turn out so dreamy and sometimes really disorientating and vague when doing double exposures. I especially love working with film, not knowing how particular shots will turn out and the suspense of having to wait for them to get developed is always exciting. I also have a Nikon FM2 and a SLR Canon 50D which I pretty much never use. Film is way more fun.

I really began to develop my drawings and ceramic work when I was studying a diploma in Visual arts in 2011. That's when I fell in love with clay. It's just like no other medium. Moulding something with your own hands, crafting something from what used to be a lump of dirt just gives me a feeling of real happiness and satisfaction. But it’s also a very consuming and physical medium, there are so many processes and things that you need to consider. You can’t always control or predict what it might do. It’s a pretty amazing form of expression I think, there's more thought that goes into it then you would think. I've only started pottery at the beginning of 2015, so going back to basics and learning all the fundamentals it’s really humbling, I'm just enjoying the learning process.

What kinds of different things inspire you creatively?

I love natural forms, crevices, and landscapes. My drawings are very topographical so I'm always taking in the view. Line work, negative space, repetition and form are consistently evident throughout most my works

What drew you to ceramics?

It’s just like no other medium I've worked with. Its consuming, its relaxing, it teaches me to focus and be patient. And then the reward at the end when you've created something that’s so beautiful and tangible from your own hands - there’s really no feeling better then that.

What’s Brisbane like as a creative homebase?

I don't get too involved in the creative community within Brisbane, even though I think it’s really important to collaborate and feed off other creative energy. I honestly feel that Brisbane has a lot of missing pieces or gaps between unknown, emerging and established artists especially when it comes to niche crafts or art forms. I don't know what it is exactly but something is definitely lacking in this city compared to others. I don't know, maybe I just don’t get out enough!

What can we expect from you in 2016?

2016 is a year I really want to push myself creatively. Set more goals, be more productive, do more shows, be more involved. I feel like I've just been taking it easy, or maybe the word is lazy. Just cruising along which honestly I'm so okay with because I've just enjoyed it for what it is. But I know I'm going to need to start kicking into gear, I've got too many ideas in this head that need unleashing! Watch out.