Nyla Hayes is a 12-year-old girl, who has sold almost $4 million in NFTs and made history. According to Face 2 Face Africa, Nyla Hayes is TIME’s first Artist-in-Residence. She started drawing when she was four years old. At the age of 9, she received a smartphone from her parents, so she could start making digital art.
She started drawing people with long necks and called them Long Neckties. All her drawings were inspired by her favorite dinosaur – the Brontosaurus. Later, her uncle encouraged her to sell her art as NFTs, she decided to do so and that completely changed her life.
Nyla said in an interview, “This past March, my uncle told my mom about NFTs. We watched YouTube to learn how to create and sell them. Soon, people were buying NFTs of my Long Neckies. I have made more than 960 ETH. (That’s digital currency worth about $3.4 million).”Now, 12-year-old artist, Nyla Hayes has made history and has become the first Artist-in-Residence for TIMEPieces.
‘TIMEPieces’ is a web3 community initiative taken by TIME. It aims to provide a platform to the new artists and essentials that they would need to advance in their careers, by helping them sell their work through NFTs.‘TIMEPieces’ magazine explained, “These Artist-in-Residence collections will continue to allow TIME to bring art onto the blockchain that marries the artist’s signature style with a renowned TIME franchise. This extends TIME’s nearly 100-year tradition of highlighting great artists and photographers of a given era while leading the brand into new innovative spaces.
In this case, NFT’s and Web3,”
NFTs or Non-Fungible Tokens are the assets that are traded using the technology of blockchain. It cannot be replaced and is completely stored and verified with an authenticity certificate. It can be anything, music, website domains, digital artwork and other things. In the third quarter of 2021, the market trade of NFT made $10 billion in transaction volume.
Nyla became a part of the TIMEPieces initiative and got an opportunity to release her work to the community. A community of collectors, with whom she can create more art pieces and maintain their ongoing relationship in the long run. At TIMEPieces initiative, she got the opportunity to engage with other leaders of NFT and traditional art space, she could reach new markets of international demographic of TIME. It would help them to reach a new audience through the global readership of TIME.
TIME’s president, Keith A. Grossman said, “Since launching Long Neckie Ladies, Nyla has inspired many individuals within the NFT community and established herself as a leader amongst the next generation of emerging artists. We are thrilled to announce her as our first Artist-in-Residence for TIMEPieces and are excited to see how she applies her talent to our band.”
According to Time, Hayes’ collection will drop on November 17, 2021, for the holders of TIMEPieces and TIMECats.