Nanichi means ‘my heart/ my soul’ and explains what creating means to me. I am Anguillian native Ilka [pronounced il-ca]. Having grown up on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, I have always demonstrated a passion for the arts and cultures of the region.
I’ve been told that my sense of creativity and ability to work with my hands was realized at a tender age. I do recall designing and sewing clothing for my dolls and creating their jewelry using the tiny scraps of soldering wire and the tiny pieces from radio/television circuit boards, I’m not sure if my father ever noticed that those pieces were missing but I really doubt it. As a child I entered several art competitions and participated in arts & craft summer camps; continuously excelling in that field. It is with no question that I was born into a family of artistes; I am often compared to my father who is an architect, carpenter and tailor. Upon relocating to Washington DC, I found my fate in jewelry designing and crafting; it began as a mere hobby and the rest is history.