Kinga Nichols was born in 1980, in Hungary. At 19, she packed up her
life in a backpack and moved to the US where she has been residing
since, albeit not at the same place. She currently lives in Boulder,
Colorado with her husband Paul Nichols and furbaby Samantha Regina
Nichols. Samantha Regina is not only her muse but her model as well.
Many of Kinga's best known pieces were popularized by the canine model.
One way or another Kinga has been always making things, which started
turning into a career when she was painting murals at the time she lived
in New York. The murals were fun, but she did not feel like painting
was her calling. Eventually she picked up a bead and Button magazine in
2007, found a bead embroidery project, and slowly but surely the
obsession took over.
After that first project, she started creating her own designs and
quickly found her own distinctive voice that allowed her to translate
her imaginings into beadwork. Kinga is always brainstorming, and her
imagination provides an endless supply of fanciful ideas that she
translates into bead embroidery.
Her work first got noticed in the first Battle of the Beadsmith,
quickly followed by her being a BeadDreams finalist in 2013 and getting
3rd place in the same competition in the Swarovski category in 2014, and
a book feature in Marcia Decoster Presents, 2014. In 2015 she won first
place in the crystal category in BeadDreams.
In 2013 she started teaching and she hopes to continue this as her
chosen profession for a long time to come, not only passing on beady
knowledge, but perhaps her unique way of looking at the world as a
magical place filled with endless possibilities.