Twelve-year-old Nyla Hayes has been named TIMEPieces first artist-in-residence in addition to having garnered the cover of TIME for KidsYou ask why? Well, Hayes has sold nearly $4M in NFTs.


Okay, before we go any further, just what are NFTs/NFT art?

Well, NFT stands for Non-fungible token. And according to Business Insider, NFT means, “At a basic level, an NFT is a digital asset that links ownership to unique physical or digital items, such as works of art, real estate, music, or videos. NFTs can be considered modern-day collectibles.”

Now that we got that out of the way, and have somewhat of an understanding as to what “NFTs” are, back to Nyla.

“I started drawing at 4. When I was 9, my parents got me a smartphone to make digital art. I made drawings of people with long necks, which I call Long Neckies. 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.) Being part of the NFT community is amazing!” Nyla told TIME for Kids.

According to People of Color in Tech, the elongated necks of Nyla’s subjects were inspired by her favorite dinosaur, the Brontosaurus.

Nyla is unquestionable breaking ground and making history, proving that #blackgirlsrock in technology. As she is conquering the NFT market, she wants to help educate others. To do so, the talented preteen launched NFT Children’s Day to help other kids launch careers in the rapidly-growing tech space.

As TIMEPiece’s first Artist-in-Residence, this truly phenomenal young artist will help develop “an intimate, focused collection of art” and work toward other initiatives featured in its Build a Better Future Genesis Collection.

“These Artist-in-Residence collections will continue to allow TIME to bring art on to the blockchain that marries the artist’s signature style with a renowned TIME franchise,” the company said in a statement. “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.”

Nyla’s collection will drop on November 17th, 2021 for holders of TIMEPieces and TIMECats.

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