Owner and Operator of Ivory Cole Designs, Nicole Haslam prides herself on bringing her authentic designs, creations and products to life.
Offering handmade crystal boards, bowls, trays, coasters and much more, what separates Haslam from other artists is that her motivation is out of this world. “I am someone who has never been able to sit still or stop for one day. I work every day and love it so much,” she says. “Creating is part of me and I truly love what I do so much and seeing the reactions of my customers when they receive the product is my second favourite part other than creating. Everything I make is truly me and comes from my brain and creativity and is truly uniquely my own.” With her main job being in the travel industry, when the pandemic hit, Haslam got temporarily laid off from her job. “After being temporarily laid off I couldn’t sit still for more than a month and started creating something of my own,” she shares. “July 2020 is when I first launched, I’ve always been a very artsy and creative person and that’s what inspired me to start creating.” While obtaining an education in Psychology and Social Work, before finding her love for handmade crafts, Haslam was deeply involved in dance. “I went for my post secondary education but moved to Mexico at the age of 18 to fulfill my dance career and did I ever,” she states. “From performing in music videos, commercials and movies, to dancing every genre you can think of , producing , choreographing , creative and directing I’ve done it all . Dancing led me into my travel life, I have lived in three countries, two provinces and eight cities!” Describing herself as giving, adventurous and motivated, Haslam’s advice for anyone out there is to just go for it. “So many questions go through your head but I told myself, if I make one sale well then great and if I don’t, I tried and it wasn’t for me. In my case it was everything and it’s amazing. You have to take the leap or you will never know,” she says. “Ask questions, something I never did when I started. I knew nothing about resin work when I started and did so much research and trial and error before I got the hang of it. It takes time, just keep your head up and you’ll get there.” For more information on Ivory Cole Designs, check out her Instagram page @ivorycoledesigns