connecting the dots in NYC

I just got back from New York last night. It would be understatement to say that I had the most amazing time EVER! I went to do a book event for CREATIVE BLOCK, but I was also there for the other part of my life, the part that I never talk about on this site… until today!

So, I’m a graphic designer by day, and have been for the past 16 years. I was recently hired by an amazing new online market place to be their creative director. There was no way I wasn’t jumping on this! It’s soooo smart and is perfect for creative people who make beautiful things, and love beautiful things. Ready? This is it, and how it works…

So smart, right?! {ps. that beautiful door is the front of our office!!!} On GREAT.LY it’s the tastemakers that have the shops and do all of the selling, so that the makers only have to worry about doing what they truly love doing… making! And for the tastemakers – they spend their days searching the world for beautiful things to write about, but rarely get paid for those discoveries {selling ads only goes so far}… so we’re aiming to make this a win-win-win situation! Makers make and earn. Tastemakers sell and earn. Buyers get one, clean, curated, non-cluttered market place filled with amazing products from all over the world brought to them by the tastemakers that they already follow. We’re launching {in May} with approximately 50 tastemakers boutiques, and so I wanted to give you a quick peek at a few of these fabulous people:

Yep. I couldn’t control myself! I wanted a boutique too! I’m going to fill it with lots of amazing art! Ok. That’s where you come in. We are looking for makers to set up their studios on GREAT.LY. Art, design objects, jewelry, linens, high-end food… basically anything beautiful and unique that you would want in your home! Any takers? If you want to apply, you can fill out this form. Hope to see you on there! ps. I’m going to have a maker studio too! Why? Because…

So true. I think I feel a new collage coming on right now! If you have any questions, you can send our lovely founder, Sarah Bryden-Brown, a note at   ~  thank you!

ps. A few photos from the NYC event… and also, I found my book at the MoMA bookstore {and almost cried. Ok. I cried a tiny bit.} I also met 5 of the artists from the book, all of whom I have insane art crushes on. Amazing.

comments (29)

  1. Meredith /// 04.05.2014 /// 8:09am sounds exciting! Love that your book is getting such well deserved recognition. Looks like an amazing trip. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Jenn /// 04.05.2014 /// 8:51am

    That’s so exciting – and what a great group of tastemakers to start out with! Good luck with the new enterprise.

  3. the jealous curator /// 04.05.2014 /// 9:03am

    thank you! and that’s just a little peek! you should see the full list! soooo exciting : )

  4. Jackie /// 04.05.2014 /// 10:22am


  5. M. Whitehead /// 04.05.2014 /// 10:56am

    Seeing your book at the MoMA Bookstore must be so thrilling, I can’t even imagine. Congratulations and best of luck to you in your newest endeavour. Sounds so exciting!

  6. Louise /// 04.05.2014 /// 2:41pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! It all sounds so so exciting. i saw your book at the Tate Modern bookshop in London yesterday. Next week I am back there and I will take a photo of it, it’s exciting for me to see it, never mind you!

  7. danielle (aka the jealous curator) /// 04.05.2014 /// 7:46pm

    really!!!! oh that’s so exciting!!! yes, i’d love a photo of that! thanks so much louise : )

  8. Patrick Tier /// 04.06.2014 /// 6:35am

    Amazing concept. Well done!

  9. Amandda Leigh Tirey /// 04.06.2014 /// 7:19am

    What a great concept! I hope you smash it & I’d love to be apart of this! I’m a maker for life! ….and a curator… So we’ll see where this takes me 🙂 cheers- and thank you!

  10. maggie /// 04.06.2014 /// 10:28am

    Oooh, this is so exciting!! I would love to become a tastemaker…or a maker…my candles are really starting to gain some traction on etsy and maybe I should step up my production. Congrats!

  11. Kreetta /// 04.06.2014 /// 10:44am

    Wow. I say. That sounds so great. Congrats to you! And congrats all those customers who gets well curated market place. This is wonderful. I want to be a maker. Totally.

  12. Jeanee @ Finely Crafted /// 04.06.2014 /// 12:18pm

    Oh la la, I love the sound of! Just signed up for the mailing list and will be drumming my fingers till the launch. Congrats on the new job!

  13. Liz Lidgett /// 04.06.2014 /// 2:51pm

    Such an interesting concept and congratulations on your book’s success and the new job. Both are well deserved!

  14. the jealous curator /// 04.06.2014 /// 8:30pm

    thanks everyone! i really think GREAT.LY is going to be great! ; ) and yes, beyond thrilled with all of the book stuff. i am very very blessed.

  15. Dawn- Vintage Vixen Arts /// 04.06.2014 /// 8:45pm

    Holy Moly! You already have a wonderful site, a fab new book, now a new wonderful dream job! Bravo!! And how exciting this new is gonna be and thank you for the opportunity to share in the adventure!

  16. Jessica /// 04.07.2014 /// 10:23am

    This idea is brilliant!! I am so incredibly happy for you – Great.Ly picked the exact right person for the job. Yay!!

  17. the jealous curator /// 04.07.2014 /// 7:33pm

    aw, thanks jess! xo

  18. faith /// 04.08.2014 /// 5:27am

    first, I can’t wait to get your book. It looks brilliant. Second, (is this a silly question?) how can one apply to become a tastemaker? That is SO what I do – I LOVE this idea! (i already collect and curate on my new website: art, objects, furniture, etc.) Third, congrats – that’s HUGE!

  19. faith /// 04.08.2014 /// 5:57am

    PS I have experience as a buyer for two fab boutiques in Chicago. it is, hands down, my passion. let me know if you like the sneak peak you see on my blog! (forgive me for the two messages and the self-promotion, but I really think might be made for me!!) and best of luck to you!

  20. Talia /// 04.08.2014 /// 9:58am

    I clicked on your link and signed up as a Maker with faster than a horse on rollerskates! This is very exciting! Sneak preview my art here 🙂

  21. Erin | Poppy Jane Candle Co. /// 04.08.2014 /// 1:37pm

    As a former blogger and now maker, I can’t help but love this idea. A legit way for everyone to benefit! Brilliant.

  22. the jealous curator /// 04.08.2014 /// 4:29pm

    exactly! ; )

  23. Roberta /// 04.08.2014 /// 11:14pm

    This sounds like an exciting opportunity for all. I will share this with makers that I think would be interested in this opportunity. How does one apply for a tastemake spot? Best wishes for the grand opening in May. Can’t wait to see it.

  24. Maddy @ Splendid Supply Co. /// 04.09.2014 /// 6:11am

    This sounds great! I’m also a blogger turned maker (self-designed party supplies and stationery), so I already signed up to be considered. Sounds like it would be a great opportunity all around!

  25. the jealous curator /// 04.09.2014 /// 7:53am

    excellent! thanks maddy… and yes, we think it’s going to be so great for so many people! : )

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  27. Veron Ennis /// 04.10.2014 /// 7:07am

    So crazy excited to get a copy of your book! I’ll send you a pic of it in the gallery when it arrives. Congratulations on everything! (I would have cried too if I saw something of mine at MoMA)

  28. the jealous curator /// 04.10.2014 /// 7:47am

    yay! thank you so much veron!

  29. Elizabeth Dunkelberger /// 05.23.2014 /// 5:47am

    Jane Denton Give Away. Stitching together triangles of candy coated colors into threads of happiness- makes me want to put on my flowy embroidered shirt, drop my straw hat in the basket while I pedal my pink bike to beach. SPLASH -a quick cool down with a dip in the aqua blue water – good vibes all around. It would be so fine to have a Jane Denton to hang – I know the perfect place.