Cindy Nytko was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Both her parents are first-generation U.S. citizens of Polish heritage. Creativity has always been a central theme for Cindy. As a child, she participated in numerous activities including ballet, volleyball, art, and music. She sang in the Chicago High School Chorus accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Visual composition, color, and design were what Cindy craved the most, no matter what form she found them in. This is why her first choice in life was to become a cosmetologist. After successfully becoming licensed, she found another calling. She was awarded a scholarship to study music at Roosevelt University and another to study art at Columbus College of Art and Design. Pursuing art was a pivotal juncture in her life. Exposure to numerous artistic modalities gave her a wider platform in exhibiting her work. The scholastic achievement was important, receiving her Bachelor of Arts at Lake Erie College.
Experienced in various positions - including that of Activity Director, Showroom Designer, General Manager of Optics, Lasik Assistant - gave Cindy a wider perspective with which to view the world, in terms of physical surroundings and personal observations. This led her to study Kundalini Yoga, astrology, reflexology, Chinese meridians, numerology, intuitive readings, and shamanism.
Her interest in Feng Shui was piqued by a short magazine article about ancient art. In 2012, her Feng Shui studies began under the tutelage of Karen Rauch Carter, who studied with Nate Batoon; Cindy remains especially grateful to Professor Lin Yun for all of his wisdom. One year later she could proudly call herself an Inspired Feng Shui Practitioner. Two years later, she became a Fashion Feng Shui Facilitator further studying Work Your Element. Presently she has completed her Masters in Feng Shui with James and Helen Jay including Staging with Feng Shui and I Ching.
Professional Organizations - AICI Chicago Chapter, International Feng Shui Guild, and Essential Colors.
AICI, Association of Image Consultants International Chicago Chapter featured me in an article that was published this year, Here are some highlights!
You are the only FFSF - "Fashion Feng Shui Facilitator", in our chapter. Can you share with us a little bit about this title and your journey?
FFSF - Fashion Feng Shui Facilitator is a licensed certification renewed annually after completing the course. This allows you to teach, style, and conduct seminars under the guidelines of Fashion Feng Shui. My personal journey started in 2014, after the completion of the Inspired Feng Shui Practioner Program with Karen Rauch Carter.
"Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention," was created by Evana Maggiore. Originally, the title sparked a light in me that kept me seeking additional information. My intuitive side kicked in and I kept seeing a curly light blond-haired woman. Probably because I am a licensed Cosmetologist. I didn't know why so I pushed on. What I found out was that she had passed away and I could"t get my hands on her book anywhere! Everywhere I went the same answer kept coming up, "Her book was unavailable and doubt is there was going to be a reprint - Nowhere to be found!"
After months of searching, I went online, only to come face to face with a picture of Evana - a curly light blond-haired woman. Sensing this was a clue, I finally connected with Andrea Dupont who worked with Evana. She conducted the first class in Fashion Feng Shui! The rest is history!
What is it about this qualification that may be the cutting edge factor for Image Consultants?
"The Power of Dressing with Intention," is based using the five elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Wood, and Metal. It takes you through a series of exploratory questions identifying who you are, your beliefs, style, lines of communication, essence, bringing you to your core. It makes the consultant a better listener, because of the subtle nuances that your client may or may not be willing to share. This cutting-edge factor for an Image Consultant to have in her toolbox will make you more cognizant and mindful of the way you dress. Making you more comfortable in your own shoes and yourself.
How would you describe your own Fashion Feng Shui?
I would describe myself as Metal/Water! Here are some of my core beliefs,
1. Value excellence
2. Love to create beauty and order
3. Value independence and freedom
4. Enjoy doing your own thing
Elemental Style & Personality, "Creatively Elegant"
Collage - Textural Paper and Inks
10" x 7"