RECAP: sketchXchange with Nikki McClure

We had the honor of hosting Nikki McClure and guest moderator Carson Ellis at a sketchXchange featuring lighthearted conversation about the realities of being conscious artists, naturalists, parents and forces to reckoned with.

As a child Nikki loved to draw, watch ants and dress fantastically. Today she’s making a living as an artist—something that was she once thought was a fantasy. The journey into various artistic mediums and self expression began with scratch board and linocuts, but the reproduction value on copy machines drew the artist towards her signature papercuts in 1996. Now you can find various products featuring her art through Buy Olympia.

Annually Nikki produces art for a calendar, treating it more like a musical album, while her picture books contain a depth of exploration and narrative. It’s this range that helps to create balance between certain needs and productivity. 

We really loved having Nikki and can’t wait to see what she gets up to next. 

Nikki’s love of natural history paired with her science background is illustrated by thoughtful process which results in sensitive and detailed papercuts.


Nikki’s love of natural history paired with her science background is illustrated by thoughtful process which results in sensitive and detailed papercuts.

Buy Olympia is the proud publisher of various calendars, books and paper products that have become so beloved.


Buy Olympia is the proud publisher of various calendars, books and paper products that have become so beloved.

Color, when it is used, is often the mechanism of the story, helping to guide the viewer through the narrative.


Color, when it is used, is often the mechanism of the story, helping to guide the viewer through the narrative.

Many laughs were had and wise words of wisdom spoken, what an inspirational way to kick off this exciting new year of events! We look forward to seeing more new faces as our community continues to connect and support the things we care about—keep on making.


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We’re excited to offer this and other future conversations live on our Periscope channel—@wemakepdx.

Photos by Daniel Cole.