Acting and visual arts have always been my two passions.
My interest in jewellery was sparked by my mum, who always had beautiful jewellery. As for acting, I was fairly flamboyant as a child and started getting into House plays in Year 9.
My mum took me to see a production of The Tempest when I was young and that was a magical experience.
In Year 10 I did work experience at a jewellery studio and on leaving MLC began studying Fine Arts at Curtin University, then acting at the WA Academy of Performing Arts.
As an actor I am proud to have worked with Australia's premier Shakespeare company, Bell Shakespeare. It is so proactive in taking Shakespeare to the people.
I have also had guest roles on several TV shows: Rake, All Saints, Bondi Banquet and Lotto.
I gained much of my jewellery design training at Rox Gems and Jewellery in the Strand Arcade, Sydney.
Nicole Winkler Couture Jewellery was born in 2008. I love to think that the jewellery I design adds a little joy to those that wear it; from a humble pair of earrings, to an engagement ring that is worn for a lifetime and handed down through the generations.
I work with natural gemstones, pearls and precious metals.
I sent Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, a strand of pearls, something a little delicate and whimsical, which she wore for an official portrait.
I have also dressed various actors including Amy Mathews when she won her silver Logie.
On a personal level I am deeply grateful for and proud of my beautiful son who was born after a long battle to conceive. He is two and I am seeing my flamboyancy in him more and more and my heart is starting to sink!
I have always believed creativity is a gift to be shared with others. Ultimately I hope that my art will add a little beauty to the lives of those with who, I collaborate.
My advice to others is follow your dreams. Work hard in every role you take. Stay open to what the universe provides!
On MLC: I loved the quiet time to create in the art department overlooking the Swan River and the thrill of walking on stage in school productions.