100 Creatives

Nicole Michieli of Gilbert's Floating Specks: 100 Creatives

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 30. Nicole Michieli.

Arizona native Nicole Michieli wants you to send more snail mail.

Michieli, 27, cofounded Gilbert-based paper goods company Floating Specks with her husband, Nick. The couple recently celebrated the business' two-year anniversary with a pop-up shop at Frances. And new projects continue to unfold.

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In addition to selling online via Etsy and at Frances, Michieli's works are sold at West Elm. She recently teamed up with Studio DIY and Ban.do for a printable series of cards.

And soon she'll further expand her mix of prints, greeting cards, and gift tags.

"I'm currently working on drawing some Christmas and New Years cards, and thinking of some baby art prints since we'll be welcoming our baby into our home this coming March!" Michieli says.

I've lived in the Phoenix area my whole life. I was born in Mesa, currently reside in Gilbert, and went to ASU for fine art photography.

I started drawing when I was little because I always saw my mom and grandma draw and paint and I wanted to be just like them. I continued to draw and knew that it was a passion I couldn't give up, I had to figure out how to make it into a career. After graduating from ASU, I came across this thing called "Etsy" and was inspired by all of the "Quit your Day Job" series and after months of research and planning, I opened up our paper goods shop Floating Specks and I've never looked back. I love drawing and creating them into greeting cards, gift tags, and art prints. There's nothing better than receiving a hand-drawn card in the mail!

I'm most productive when I have some music going in a sun-filled room, and sipping on something caffeinated.

My inspiration wall is full of bright colors, patterns and illustrations.

I've learned most from my husband. Without his belief in me and his desire to see me succeed, I wouldn't have had the courage to put my self and my work out there.

Good work should always reflect your passion.

See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:

100. Bill Dambrova 99. Niki Blaker 98. Jeff Slim 97. Beth May 96. Doug Bell 95. Daniel Langhans 94. Nanibaa Beck 93. Nicole Royse 92. Ib Andersen 91. Casandra Hernandez 90. Chris Reed 89. Shelby Maticic 88. Olivia Timmons 87. Courtney Price 86. Travis Mills 85. Catrina Kahler 84. Angel Castro 83. Cole Reed 82. Lisa Albinger 81. Larry Madrigal 80. Julieta Felix 79. Lauren Strohacker 78. Levi Christiansen 77. Thomas Porter 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson 75. Cody Carpenter 74. Jon Jenkins 73. Aurelie Flores 72. Michelle Ponce 71. Devin Fleenor 70. Noelle Martinez 69. Bucky Miller 68. Liliana Gomez 67. Jake Friedman 66. Clarita Lulić 65. Randy Murray 64. Mo Neuharth 63. Jeremy Hamman 62. La Muñeca 61. Kevin Goldman 60. Emily Costello 59. Kerstin Dale 58. Vara Ayanna 57. Nathaniel Lewis 56. Ruben Gonzales 55. Lisa Poje 54. Bobby Zokaites 53. Frances Smith Cohen 52. Julie Rada 51. David Miller 50. Xanthia Walker 49. Kyllan Maney 48. Cary Truelick 47. Constance McBride 46. James D. Porter 45. Allyson Boggess 44. Abigail Lynch 43. Ashley Cooper 42. Jaclyn Roessel 41. Brandon Boetto 40. Melissa Dunmore 39. Gavin Sisson 38. Rossitza Todorova 37. Monica Robles 36. Josh Kirby 35. Jesse Perry 34. Yai Cecream 33. Nathan Blackwell 32. Carley Conder 31. Ben Willis

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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