A season of cheer, of red garnish over spruce garland decking each hall, of family conversing in old years and new, of giving things and thriving in fresh twinkling lights. This is Christmas. This is FESTIVE. This month’s collaborators discuss gaining new perspectives. One allowed her gift of hospitality to become a gateway to freedom for women in bondage. A few have learned to carve new holiday paths after death and divorce shifted family expectations. Like a fresh coat of paint, we keep the foundations of our lives, allowing new experiences and people to design with hope the steps that lead to our freedom.
We are thrilled to feature the artwork of Nikki McClure in this FESTIVE issue. Nikki is a self-taught artist. She made her first papercut in 1996 for a self-published book, Apple. She has been making her popular yearly calendar since 1998. Nikki’s 2019 Calendar titled “SHARE THE FUTURE” is available at buyolympia.com. She is a writer and/or illustrator of several children’s including The New York Times Bestseller All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant. Her latest books include The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger by Colin Meloy and The Great Chicken Escape. Nikki lives in Olympia, Wash. with her family where she makes a fire every morning. Visit her online at nikkimcclure.com and @nikkimcclure.