Everyday Saints

By Maria Nicklin | June 21, 2020

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Every Problem Has A Solution Quilt Project. The illustrated quilt-like square here is the result of my query, “how can I best use my skills as an illustrator and graphic designer to…

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Black Lives Matter

By Maria Nicklin | June 17, 2020

Why did it take the murder of George Floyd for me to start educating myself on racism? Why did it take me so long to write this blog post? My friend and colleague, Liz Weaver of Paprika Creative, wrote a…

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By Maria Nicklin | May 22, 2020

This week, I am going to use a process that is part of a project at our Quaker Meeting – the Every Problem Has a Solution Quilt Project – developed by Friends Cameron Hughes and Barbara Lake. In a nutshell,…

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A Sprout

By Maria Nicklin | May 14, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, I put some queries out to the universe: how can I best use my skills as an illustrator and graphic designer to be useful in the time of the pandemic and climate change? Is there…

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Sowing Seeds

By Maria Nicklin | May 1, 2020

A Friend from Quaker Meeting recently shared with me, The Soil Story. It’s a short, well-crafted, and engaging video produced by Kiss the Ground – a 501(c)3 increasing societal awareness about the extraordinary benefits of healthy soil. Watch The Soil…

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The Slump Series: No. 3 of 3

By Maria Nicklin | April 24, 2020

Saying Good-bye & Transformation Welcome to the third and final episode (for now) of The Slump Series. Saying good-bye is never easy, but if we can consider it a time of transformation, it makes it a little easier. Now there’s…

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The Slump Series, Episode No. 2 of 3

By Maria Nicklin | April 17, 2020

You Can Learn From the Slump Is it weird to have “conversations” with a drawing? Well, it may, depending on your background. Please let go of this classification … just for a little bit! For certain, the exercise of “talking”…

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The Slump Series, Episode No. 1 of 3

By Maria Nicklin | April 10, 2020

How to Embrace & Love The Slump There are days when you’d really like to be working – in the same room – with your best design-colleague-friend. Alas, as a freelancer, we work from our home offices; our colleague-friends do…

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New Nature Writers

By Maria Nicklin | February 12, 2020

We are pleased to share a new logo we designed for New Nature Writers this past December. New Nature Writers is an organization that establishes an ecosystem of places where people gather to write about the land and waters they…

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Vintage 1969 Card Artwork

Vintage 1969 Card Art

By Maria Nicklin | April 26, 2019

We are very happy to share this new illustration created for my husband, Cris Collins. It was created in pencil first, then inked, scanned and colorized in Photoshop over a kraft paper background. Cris was my art director, choosing the…

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