You guys! I'm so excited to announce that my Minted shop has officially opened. Hooray! Minted is an online marketplace that sells gorgeous stationery and other paper products and home goods. They source all of their products from a community of artists and designers. Every few weeks they host a new design competition and anyone can submit their work.
Once the competition closes, all the designs are critiqued by both the community and a panel of jury members and special judges. The winning designs are rewarded with a cash prize and then sold on the site. Designers get a commission of the sales. Only winners of design challenges are allowed to open a shop.
The first challenge I entered was a disaster. It was their biggest of the year - weddings! - and competition was steep. Needless to say I did not win and instead was left wondering about my incredibly low score and questioning whether I should keep giving this whole design-thing a go. Luckily, I bounced back pretty quickly and then won a Jury Award for the next two design challenges.
The most unique part of Minted is the community of talented artists that gives feedback and support for newbies like me. Designers I admire personally critique my work and offer suggestions for improving the designs I create. It's amazing and the opportunities to learn and grow are endless. I'm so honored to be a part of this community and see how my work develops with MInted.
Check out the shop here.