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Conversations with the Inspiring Lindsey Nichols

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Nichols.

Lindsey Nichols, the founder of Lindsey Kay Collective, a handcrafted digital collage illustration brand. She has been in Denver for three years but was originally a Kansas City Native. She went to college for graphic design, and found her love for collage during a mixed-media class she took at the University of Kansas.

She has worked full time for a handful of agencies for seven years as a Graphic Designer/Art Director. She started her brand back in 2013, but it wasn’t until 2017 when she really wanted to give more focus to Lindsey Kay Collective. Even though she is still a full-time contract designer, she has been able to give the time and energy her brand has needed, to grow into the dream brand she has always wanted.

She has always been infatuated with vintage typography and has collected really unique pieces of old paper since she was young. She loved the idea of taking something old and creating something beautiful out of it. Her work incorporates vintage textures that range from old letters to vintage wallpapers, aiming to capture a time in history that tells a story through each piece of art. She sells wholesale to a handful of stores and you can find her at pop-up shops and markets throughout the year.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s hard having a side hustle, period. Especially being a young, single woman who loves her social time and experiencing everything great that Colorado has to offer. In the past few years, I have really learned how to balance my full-time job and social life, while giving the time and effort my brand needed to grow. It’s still a work in progress and a struggle at times, but success comes with hard work, and hard work takes time. Making time for the things you believe in, is crucial… so skipping the usual happy hour, and working really late nights, has paid off.

Advice:
Balance is key. Set aside a few hours a day that you dedicate to your business, but make sure you take the time you need for yourself as well.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Lindsey Kay Collective, a handcrafted digital collage illustration brand.

My work incorporates vintage textures that range from old letters to vintage wallpapers, aiming to capture a time in history that tells a story through each piece of art. All my artwork is created digitally, collaged or hand-drawn, so, unfortunately, you won’t find me selling any “originals” since everything is done on the computer.

Most proud of:
My work is very different then most art prints you see in stores. I try and create pieces that people can look at several times, and each time find something unique within the piece.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
Books –
Create Magazine
Never Sleep
Hand Job – An Catalog of Hand-Drawn Type by Michael Perry
A Big Important Art Book
Handmade Market Place

Apps –
Society6
VSCO
Instagram
Shopify App
Planoly

Pricing:

  • $12.00 – 5×7 size
  • $17.00 – 8×10 size
  • $27.00 – 11×14 size
  • $30 – 11×17 size
  • $45 – 13×19 size

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
All photos are copyright of Lindsey Kay Collective

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