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Artist Interview

My Nguyen

October 12, 2012

My Nguyen works to support her community while having style and grace down to her fingertips. Every time she stops into the store her nails capture our attention. From the color combos to the designs, My's nails art is always awe inspiring. For our next Arts Night Out, Tricks and Treats we couldn't think of anyone more fitting to come in and demonstrate simple yet unique ways to revitalize the manicure. Read on to find out what inspires My and get a step by step tutorial on one of the techniques she will be using.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I work as a consultant for local nonprofits in Western Mass, but I love doing nail art on the side. When I'm not at work, I'm probably watching a TV show or movie while doing my nails! While I do it mostly just for fun, you can contact me if you're interested in a custom manicure or for a manicure party.

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern?
I don't think I would be a piece of clothing… I would be a dramatic necklace – with all sorts of charms and pendants that you wouldn't think would mesh well but once they are all thrown together it all makes sense.

What is something that inspires you?
I'm always finding inspiration from places around the world – their architecture, geography, culture, the different ways they experience the seasons…

This is a photo I took of Prague, one of my favorite cities. I chose this picture because it's the perfect example of finding beauty in everything around you. This is just a row of houses, but I love how the colors and architecture of the buildings work with the flowers and vines to create a beautiful image that is indicative of the unique character of the city.

Can you give us a step by step tutorial on one of the demonstrations you will be doing on Friday?
So using this beautiful Ode photo as inspiration:

I came up with this feather design:

Pick a base color (I chose a muted jade green).

You'll need a 1-2 small brushes, 1-3 coordinating nail colors for the feathers, nail polish remover and Q-tips for mistakes.

This design is very easy to do, but it requires a steady hand! I suggest painting 1-2 feathers in 1 color on each nail before moving on to a different color.

It doesn't have to be perfect, but basically you want to start by painting a curved line with your small brush. From the curved line, paint small dashes that narrow and thin out as you move upwards.

Paint 2-3 feathers on each nail in varying sizes and using the different colors you chose. Seal with a clear top coat and enjoy your awesome nails!

Check out more of My's nail designs and stop in on Arts Night Out, Friday, October 12th from 6-8pm for your chance to have your nails done!