“Hi, my name is Nikki Martin and I am a fashion designer,” Nikki repeats over a handshake with every new acquaintance she makes. Fashion design has become a great part of her identity, as great as being African American or woman. Every week she produces large quantities of drawings influenced by contemporary and vintage designers. She primarily works in ink, marker, and watercolor. Most recently, Nikki has developed a new technique to express different shades of marker by diluting its’ ink with a watered down paint brush. Garments from Nikki’s House of Couture collection were featured in the “What Matters Most” fashion show in Fall 2009. A retrospective of Nikki’s work is scheduled for August of 2016 at V+V.