What is Colibri Arts, and how did it get started?

 
Hi, my name is Niki, and I'm the owner of Colibri Arts. My small business grew from a love of arts and crafts, and specifically, my interest in glass etching. After enjoying it as a hobby for a few years, I decided to open up my business, and I haven't looked back since.
The name Colibri Arts holds special significance to me. "Colibri" is french for hummingbird, and I've always admired the tiny, fierce, incredible little birds. More importantly, they remind me of my late grandmother, Judy. From a young age, she instilled in me a strong (some would say stubborn) belief that I could do anything I set my mind to. She was a no-nonsense lady, who taught me that hard work and determination can move mountains. I like to think she'd be pretty proud of this little business of mine.
For the most part, I'm a "one woman band," and manage all aspects of the business directly. I do, however, have a wonderful community of friends and fellow artists, all of whom inspire and support me. Many of them lend a hand to help me with projects, and Colibri Arts is all the better for their involvement! (You know who you are, and you're all rock stars.)
I take a lot of pride in my work, and enjoy creating each and every design. Whether I'm etching with acid paste, or using the new-found powers of the laser engraver, each and every piece of work is lovingly produced by yours truly. All of my designs are original, and (in most cases) start off as ink drawings, which are translated to other materials.

Meet The Team

Niki Bilodeau

Owner / Artist

I have been creating art - in one form or another - for as long as I can remember. I believe that art should be a part of our everyday lives, so my goal is always to create artwork that is beautiful, fun, and functional.


Glass etching came into my life over a decade ago, as a way to personalize wedding gifts for some friends. Since then, I've etched just about every jar, bottle, vase, cup, and pitcher that's come my way.

I draw much of my inspiration from nature (most often the Pacific Northwest), and am always finding new and surprising ideas. From tiny leaves, to majestic mountains, there is beauty everywhere!

My hope is that every piece I create finds a loving home, where it will bring a smile to faces as it is used each day. If my art can bring some whimsy and beauty to a person's life, it's doing its job, and so am I.

Ethel

C02 Laser / Workhorse

Ethel is the backbone of Colibri Arts' production process. (That's why this amazing piece of equipment gets a name - she's definitely a crucial member of the team!) :)

Niki does all the design work, from hand-drawing the design images, to converting them via software. From there, Ethel picks up the process, and engraves or etches the materials that we're modifying. 

We've only begun to scratch the surface of Ethel's capabilities, but this incredible machine is already proving to be a powerful resource. Soon, Colibri Arts will be able to branch out to materials like wood, acrylic, and more. Stay tuned for lots of exiting new work from this member of the team. 

Eloise

Executive Assistant

Okay, yes, it's ridiculous to list your cat as a member of your work force. I know. But we haven't got any other employees here at Colibri Arts, so why not? (Besides, she's pretty adorable.)