Nail artist and sneaker designer, Jessica Washick, agrees with the saying: “art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” A Senior Color Designer at Nike (yes, this dream-job apparently exists) her love of color is reflected both through her sneakers as well as her nails.
But according to Washick, her love of nail art isn’t so much for the color statement, but for the process itself. “I meditate now and I came to realize that part of the reason I’m so drawn to doing nails is that there’s a lot of concentration involved,” she shared in an interview with HYPEBAE.
“You’re focusing on such small details on a design, like making a rounded edge of a miniature petal or painting a perfectly straight line. I often hold my breath when I’m trying to be exact. When you’re so focused on something it’s really easy to block out the rest of the world.” Still, she admits that “colors play a huge role too because they evoke emotion, and a good color story can take you places.”
Washick first started painting her nails in 2007 after a tough break-up, sharing her nail art in her blog titled “You Don’t Need A Man, You Need A Manicure” (preach!). She went on to study fashion design in Parsons, which ultimately lead her to her dream job at Nike.
“I’ve always wanted to design at Nike, but as I got deeper and deeper into fashion and the nail world, I didn’t know how I could contribute since my background was in accessory design and nails,” she admitted. “One day, I went onto the Nike career website and saw an opening for a color designer. There’s a lot of color obsession in doing nails so I knew I’d be able to leverage those skills, and I believed my background in accessory design could amplify that. I actually showed my nail art portfolio for part of the interview and they were receptive. That was really cool.”
Which goes to show you should never ever underestimate a good manicure!