Hi, I’m Nicole Sweeney, a San Francisco based artist and female activist. I’m a dreamer and a believer in living life with intention, curiosity, and wonder. In 2016 I quit my full time job as a display artist for Anthropologie to turn my living room into a wood shop to pursue my own vision of creating artwork. In those short two years, I’ve built a business I’m really proud of. I’ve been commissioned and shared my work in dozens of homes internationally, been featured in galleries and businesses nationally, and debuted as a contestant on NBC’s Making It, a friendly competition between artists hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. Since filming the show, I’ve begun work on a foundation that seeks to empower women and girls through storytelling and photography called “Sawdust Is Sexy.” My goal is to showcase the beautiful and unique stories of female artists and makers throughout the world. My approach to my work is highly influenced by my background in ballet. I design with a greater sensitivity to human form and aim to dissolve the boundary between artists and those who interact with it. I received my Bachelors of Architecture in 2010 from the University of Arizona, and have been exploring space, design, and making things with my hands ever since.
I will live my dream.
I will surrender to truth.
I will savor moments; large and small.
I will create from the heart, create work I believe in, and share it openly with the world.
I will surround myself with love.
I will root deeply in the people and ideas I believe in.
I will find my place.
I will push myself outside of my comfort zone, and find comfort in being uncomfortable.
I will take risks.
I will make a lot of mistakes, but I will live without regret.
I will dream big.
I will turn inward for approval and acceptance and be at home in my own skin.
I will never be perfect. And that's awesome.
I will communicate from a place of authenticity.
I will never stop exploring.
I will remain flexible.
I will always trust my heart over my mind.
I will celebrate others.
I will not fear expansion and shed what no longer serves me.
I will trust in the process.
I am here to love and love I will.
"I don't know what I'll want or be when I'm older, but I was made for it. And it waits for me there." - Jedidiah Jenkins