Nikki Butler trying to win Martha Stewart vote

WILLIAMSTOWN – Local fashion designer Nikki Butler is looking for votes to win a prize from Martha Stewart.

Butler, a Williamstown resident, is in the running to be named the 2013 American Made Audience Choice Award Winner.

American Made is a movement founded by Martha Stewart that spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade, according to the website. “It’s a movement made up of people and communities who have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life,” states marthastewart.com.

If Butler wins the Internet voting contest, she would receive $10,000 to support her business, Nikki Butler Design, and a trip to New York City for the annual American Made Talks and Workshops.

To vote go to www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/81968. You can vote six times a day for your favorite creative person.

The Butler-designed clothing and accessories line can be found in stores in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. West Virginia stores include Studio 40 in Lewisburg and Geraniums in Charleston.

Butler created Nikki Butler Design in 2011.

A graphic designer by trade, Butler worked for an advertising agency for 10 years. The same computer design programs Butler used to create advertisements and billboards she now uses to create repeating patterns.

Butler works with a company in North Carolina to produce the designs on organic cotton and silk fabrics. Butler then sews them into apparel and accessories.

Butler said the Tamarack Foundation in West Virginia contacted her about entering the Martha Stewart contest. She entered and is now in the running.

There are 435 people from across the country entered in the contest.

Voting for the first session of the contest ends Sept. 13 to select winners in six categories. Butler is in the style category. This includes clothing, jewelry, accessories, cosmetics and other creative items.

The grand prize winner will be selected in voting between Sept. 17-22 from among the six finalists.

“It would be fabulous if I won,” Butler said. “But it is an honor just to be listed.”