Revive, Remember, Rely: The Poetic World of Nikki McClure

Revive, Remember, Rely: The Poetic World of Nikki McClure

Dana Velden
Oct 21, 2009

Nikki MClure is a master paper-cut artist, creating pictures with an X-acto knife from a single sheet of paper. Her work often features a word (usually a verb) or short phrase, many of them having to do with the kitchen, gathering or sharing food, and community. This fall she has several new offerings, including a free pumpkin stencil and her famous wall calendar.

Nikki started making her calendars in 1996 and continues to self-publish them to this day. They hang in offices, schools and kitchens all over the county. Her images are bold and simple, offering a glimpse into both natural and domestic worlds. The accompanying verb suggests action and contemplation, and are an invitation to consider further what inspires us in our everyday lives.

She has also illustrated children's books, created note cards, postcards, posters, t-shirts and journals. New this fall are:

Revive: 2010 Wall Calendar $16.00 from BuyOlympia
Remember: A Seasonal Record Journal $16.95 from BuyOlympia
Pumpkin Stencil and Carving Instructions from Sunset Magazine

Tip: Don't toss your Nikki McClure calendars on December 31! Over the years, I have repurposed them in many ways: to line my kitchen drawers; as gift tags and wrapping paper (especially when the featured verb is appropriate to the gift); stationary and envelopes; scratch paper; folded into little gift bags or cones; wall and refrigerator art.

Related: Wanting: This Is How I Roll T-shirt (Plus More Good Kitchen Things from Buy Olympia)

(Images: Carved pumpkin by Josè Mandojana of Sunset, all others are Nikki McClure at buyolympia)

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