Who Is Chief Giddy Aunt?
Before she was a giddy aunt, Chief Giddy Aunt Nikki Johnston was a Fairy Queen. Really. She was.
Long, long ago, last century, Nikki started one of the first fairy shops in Queensland, Fairies on the Downs. Back then she was known as Fairy Queen NikkleTikkle and wore wings to work every day. But she wasn't always a Fairy Queen. Nikki has worked in children's theatre, written children's books, told stories and taught preschoolers and adults (not usually at the same time). She has also worked for Australian charities promoting child health and safety. Her life has been a mix of the important things in life; education, child protection and health, with the other important things in life; fairies, story-telling and sparkly jewels. The unifying theme has been a desire to see things a little differently, and to understand and connect through the stories of our lives.
These days, as Chief Giddy Aunt, Nikki designs many of the giddy goodies, works with other designing artists and elves, and sources traditional keepsakes for the collection.
CGA Nikki loves bringing ideas to life: she has been doing it for a very long time. She is pictured here with one of the first recorded examples of very early Giddy Jewellery Design. To the untrained eye it may look like an off-cut piece of plumbing pipe, but to a very young Giddy Aunt, it was a truly glamorous bangle specially designed for the grand occasion of a first school photo!