Get to know Nikki Astwood
Naturally creative her entire life, Nikki produces unique and innovative still life product photography. Nikki realised her passion for this genre after untold hours creating content for her own social media and the realisation that photography made her soul blossom. With a background in hospitality, she began honing her skills by photographing food while moving into beverages (naturally) and now a diverse range of products. While Nikki's inspiration comes from many places, colour plays a leading role, along with nature, art, fashion and architecture. She loves to keep it playful while creating unique and exciting scenes.
Where do you call home?
Wellington, New Zealand. I have also lived in Palmerston North and Christchurch.
When did you start your entrepreneurial journey?
About 6 years ago after designing images for my own personal Instagram, realising it was something that other brands must need help with.
How do you describe your artwork style?
My style is high impact, using lots of bold, bright colours and textures to make products really stand out.
Have you always stayed in your field of art or were there other types of art that you have tried and tested?
I have always been a fan of photography but I did not get into product photography specifically until 6 years ago. Before that I photographed food, landscapes, nature and anything else that inspired me at the time. Aside from photography I have also worked in the hospitality industry which led me to my love of food and food photography.
I have also studied Interior Design where I learnt more about styling and putting those beautiful finishing touches on things, that is what I have taken into my photography.
What is the ideal environment for you when creating your artwork?
Light is a big one for me, working in a beautifully lit space is amazing with a nice view of nature outside is even better. Music is playing always; it starts off with something chilled in the morning and gets more upbeat (and louder) as the day goes on.
What values are important to you?
I really value the opportunity to get to work with like-minded brands that I love and am passionate about. I value a work life balance and taking time for myself to recharge and refuel my creativity. I also really value all the connections I have made though my work with clients and other photographers on social media.
Any advice for aspiring NZ artists?
Always be true to yourself and your work.
What was the inspo behind your artwork for your PieceHouse puzzle?
When I heard the theme was summer, the first thing I thought of was a gathering of family and friends with a few wines or cocktails outside in the sun. I wanted to use colours that reflect summer, give the impression that there were multiple people at this occasion enjoying a good cocktail and each other’s company.
Check out Nikki's artwork which features on the Shaken & Stirred Puzzle here
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