Nicole Michieli of Gilbert's Floating Specks: 100 Creatives
Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 30. Nicole Michieli.
Courtesy of Nicole Michieli Meet the designer.
Arizona native Nicole Michieli wants you to send more snail mail.
Michieli, 27, cofounded Gilbert-based paper goods company Floating Specks with her husband, Nick. The couple recently celebrated the business' two-year anniversary with a pop-up shop at Frances. And new projects continue to unfold.
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In addition to selling online via Etsy and at Frances, Michieli's works are sold at West Elm. She recently teamed up with Studio DIY and Ban.do for a printable series of cards.
Courtesy of Floating Specks Floating Specks offers a print of the famed diving lady neon sign at Mesa's Starlite Motel.
And soon she'll further expand her mix of prints, greeting cards, and gift tags.
"I'm currently working on drawing some Christmas and New Years cards, and thinking of some baby art prints since we'll be welcoming our baby into our home this coming March!" Michieli says.
I've lived in the Phoenix area my whole life. I was born in Mesa, currently reside in Gilbert, and went to ASU for fine art photography.
Courtesy of Floating Specks Michieli creates hand-drawn cards.
I started drawing when I was little because I always saw my mom and grandma draw and paint and I wanted to be just like them. I continued to draw and knew that it was a passion I couldn't give up, I had to figure out how to make it into a career. After graduating from ASU, I came across this thing called "Etsy" and was inspired by all of the "Quit your Day Job" series and after months of research and planning, I opened up our paper goods shop Floating Specks and I've never looked back. I love drawing and creating them into greeting cards, gift tags, and art prints. There's nothing better than receiving a hand-drawn card in the mail!
I'm most productive when I have some music going in a sun-filled room, and sipping on something caffeinated.
My inspiration wall is full of bright colors, patterns and illustrations.
I've learned most from my husband. Without his belief in me and his desire to see me succeed, I wouldn't have had the courage to put my self and my work out there.
Good work should always reflect your passion.