Nichole Rae is a mixed-media artist who has a passion for documenting her life through books arts, photography, writing and typography design. She resides in Minnesota and is the author of the upcoming book Art Journal Art Journey: Collage and Storytelling for Honoring Your Creative Process available July 2014 from North Light Books.
Nichole Rae, go by Artist Nichole Rae
Where you live:
What kind of art are you known for?
mixed-media book arts, collage, art journaling
What is on your workspace right now?
vintage camera, shells, sea glass, jar of pens, papers, scraps of paper and supplies for art journal in progress
Why do you make art?
I make art to document my journey and for therapeutic reasons.
What’s your current favorite, can’t-live-without-it tool, supply, material, or junkyard find?
alphabet rubber stamps
What’s your favorite tool or material?
my collection of oil pastels
What do you listen to when you create?
David Gray, The Pines
What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein, and A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson
What’s the most inspiring trip you’ve ever taken or adventure you’ve ever had?
My adventure to Nova Scotia and out west to the Oregon Coast
What’s the last thing you cooked?
a veggie stir fry
If you could surround yourself with only one color, what would it be?
Do you have a talisman/power garment/magical thing you wear?
I have a handcrafted silver ring as well as a feather bracelet.
What’s your favorite place in all the world?
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
What one thing do you want to do that you haven’t done yet?
travel overseas on a backpacking trip, take a train across the United States
What’s the best day you’ve ever had?
Any day at the ocean is the best day.
What’s today’s Word to Live By?
“Trust the process. Honor Your Journey.” Carry Faith + Love.
What is your guilty pleasure?
coffee and dark chocolate
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
With whom would you love to spend one day making art?
Sabrina Ward Harrison and my sister
When is your favorite time of day?
What is your earliest memory?
collaging shoe boxes in the living room
What was your first job?
Working at a dollar store.
What’s your one favorite material thing?
my messenger bag
What’s your best piece of advice for artists?
Create, always create. You will evolve as you keep going. Be gentle on yourself when you begin and just try new things, don’t let your mind hold you back. You will learn as you go and find what you like, also never compare your art with others. We are all unique and it is about documenting our story creatively to share with others.