Hi, we are Nikki and Laura with Startist Society, a podcast and community inspiring you to stop getting in your own way and start building an art biz and life that you love.

We are artists who believe strongly in the power of community, accountability, following your intuition, taking small actionable steps, and breaking down the barriers of fear and procrastination that keep you stuck.

Follow along with us on our creative business journey as we encourage you on yours.

latest episodes

Studio & Life Updates from Laura & Nikki

Studio & Life Updates from Laura & Nikki

Can't get enough of startist society? Join Startist Society in our Facebook group Nikki's art and design website Laura's art and class website This week Laura and Nikki take a break from the usual interviews and educational topics and get more personal with a studio...

Intro to Print on Demand

Intro to Print on Demand

Resources Mentioned Shutterfly Snapfish Vistaprint Moo Sticker Mule Society6 Redbubble Spoonflower Fine Art America Thortful Nikki’s Artist Page on Mixtiles Art Printify Printful Gooten The Art of Where We've been teasing everybody about this topic for months and...

Surface Pattern Design with Elizabeth Silver

Surface Pattern Design with Elizabeth Silver

Today we’re speaking with Elizabeth Silver, a professional surface pattern designer and a licensed artist for the stationery, gift and textile markets. With 18 years in the industry and hundreds of designs in her portfolio, she also teaches beginner surface pattern designers how to move past overwhelm and obstacles to create a profitable creative business. She’s passionate about keep it real business advice, and moving forward even in a messy way. She’s also passionate about ice cream.

Packing & Shipping Your Art & Products

Packing & Shipping Your Art & Products

In the last few episodes, Nikki and Laura have been talking about selling for the holidays and one thing that can really make or break your customers’ experience of your products is how you ship them.

Facebook & Instagram Ads with Luan Jardine

Facebook & Instagram Ads with Luan Jardine

This week Laura and Nikki interview Luan Jardine, a feminist mental health advocate and ambitiously creative Facebook and Instagram marketing consultant. We often think the goal of advertising is to sell all the things, but it’s also really important to make sure you’re reaching the right audience in a way that aligns with your values and brand. Luan has a holistic approach that not only looks at your bottom-line numbers, but focuses on amplifying meaningful messages of creative business owners who are striving to make others’ lives better. We know that art does that beautifully and our Startists are the perfect people to learn what she has to share.

Marketing for the Holidays

Marketing for the Holidays

Does it seem like the holidays come sooner and sooner every year and with it the pressure to get your holiday marketing plan in order? In this episode, Laura and Nikki chat about social media marketing, email campaigns and sales, breaking it down so it’s not so intimidating and feels more doable.

what our listeners are saying

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Procrasti-learning!

Loved this new podcast! Great rapport, very relatable, good practicable suggestions on working through procrastination and overwhelm. Looking forward to future topics. Thanks!

 Xenophyle

Great podcast!

This is a great subject for a podcast cause I think most people, especially artists, suffer from the procrastination syndrome – I know I do! I really think Nikki & Laura will help me head in the right direction or at least help to stop putting things off until later.

 Isabelle Gagnon

A great addition to my podcast listening

“I love the easy relationship between Laura and Nikki! It’s like listening to two good friends talk about their lives as artists….WAIT It IS two good friends talking about their lives as artists. And that is what makes the podcast so approachable and fun to listen to.

I love that Laura and Nikki are bringing their own experiences to the process of being an artist. We are all in this process together and learning from each other is a time honored form of wisdom sharing.

I look forward to future episodes!”

 Susan J Mecca

Fantastic!

As an artist I’m always looking to find something to motivate me, inspire me and hopefully learn lots along the way. This podcast does it all. It’s the perfect guide to just get out there and create the art business you’ve been dreaming of.

 CreativeSkies

Inspiring!

I look forward to each new episode of Startist Society! There are always valuable take aways and ideas I can immediately apply to my art and creative business. Laura and Nikki make a great team!

 BPMartist

Practical and down-to-earth

Approachable and friendly, with lots of valuable insights and tips. You don’t need to have a business to benefit from listening. Anyone who has a creative practice they want to develop will find support here.

 MrsSeabie

Entertaining & Insightful

Whether you’re well established or just getting started…this is a must listen! Nikki and Laura do an incredible job leading the conversations about fear, procrastination and a whole lot more. It’s gives you a nice push in the right direction to just get started. I highly recommend listening and subscribing!

If you’d like to hear your name on the Startist Society podcast, visit our PODCAST REVIEW PAGE and fill out our review form after you’ve left your review and we might just shout you out! Please be sure to take a screenshot of your review so we can read it! Thank you for taking the time to review the Startist Society podcast!

what our listeners are saying

Procrasti-learning!

Loved this new podcast! Great rapport, very relatable, good practicable suggestions on working through procrastination and overwhelm. Looking forward to future topics. Thanks!

 Xenophyle

Great podcast!

This is a great subject for a podcast cause I think most people, especially artists, suffer from the procrastination syndrome – I know I do! I really think Nikki & Laura will help me head in the right direction or at least help to stop putting things off until later.

 Isabelle Gagnon

A great addition to my podcast listening

“I love the easy relationship between Laura and Nikki! It’s like listening to two good friends talk about their lives as artists….WAIT It IS two good friends talking about their lives as artists. And that is what makes the podcast so approachable and fun to listen to.

I love that Laura and Nikki are bringing their own experiences to the process of being an artist. We are all in this process together and learning from each other is a time honored form of wisdom sharing.

I look forward to future episodes!”

 Susan J Mecca

Fantastic!

As an artist I’m always looking to find something to motivate me, inspire me and hopefully learn lots along the way. This podcast does it all. It’s the perfect guide to just get out there and create the art business you’ve been dreaming of.

 CreativeSkies

Inspiring!

I look forward to each new episode of Startist Society! There are always valuable take aways and ideas I can immediately apply to my art and creative business. Laura and Nikki make a great team!

 BPMartist

Practical and down-to-earth

Approachable and friendly, with lots of valuable insights and tips. You don’t need to have a business to benefit from listening. Anyone who has a creative practice they want to develop will find support here.

 MrsSeabie

Entertaining & Insightful

Whether you’re well established or just getting started…this is a must listen! Nikki and Laura do an incredible job leading the conversations about fear, procrastination and a whole lot more. It’s gives you a nice push in the right direction to just get started. I highly recommend listening and subscribing!

If you’d like to hear your name on the Startist Society podcast, visit our PODCAST REVIEW PAGE and fill out our review form after you’ve left your review! Please be sure to take a screenshot of your review so we can read it! Thank you for taking the time to review the Startist Society podcast!

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