Design Goals: An Update

I celebrated my 31st birthday almost six months ago, so I figure it’s time to get in writing some of my goals for the year.

  • Create a portfolio I’m happy with.  This is a hard goal to meet considering no artist ever has been happy with their portfolio. What I should have said—and what I’ve accomplished!—is to create a portfolio at all. I’ve updated this website a few times, so the work I’ve been creating finally has a home on the internet (other than Instagram), but I also created a PDF portfolio. It’s a cruel joke that in the time it took me to create a portfolio, I was creating newer (and mostly better) work. But I’m so excited to mark this one as done (and forever in progress).
  • Be happy with where you are and excited about where you’re going. Yes! I’ve really loosened up and just enjoyed creating bad work and sharing it. Looking back on lettering I was creating a couple years ago always helps me appreciate what I’m creating now even more, especially when I’m feeling stuck or inadequate.
  • Open that Etsy shop! I did this almost two years ago, and I haven’t looked back! I’ve always loved making things for other people, so this has been one of the most rewarding outlets. I genuinely love packaging up orders, writing thank you notes, designing packaging elements, and delighting people who’ve purchased something from my shop. I have so many plans for the shop this year: expand my screenprinted apparel and accessory line, expand my greeting card line, buttons!, and a second Etsy shop for wedding products.
  • Learn & grow. This is a lifelong goal, and I’ve been loving Skillshare for helping me continue to pursue it. To expand on this for 2019, I plan to keep creating new classes and sharing my knowledge as well.

Now that we’re well into February, what are some goals you’re working toward this year?

Melanie Jane Studio on Etsy!

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You guysssss, I finally made good on a goal I’ve had for at least two years now. Yesterday, on the official day that women start working for free, I launched Melanie Jane Studio on Etsy. Every year around my birthday, I get this burst of energy and motivation to finally make progress on my goals, and this year has been the best yet. I’m starting to realize why everyone says your 30s are the best.

I haven’t made a sale (yet!), but pressing publish on my first eight listings has been nothing short of invigorating. These last few months of cranking out lettering and designs is starting to come to fruition, and that old adage about creativity begetting more creativity is proving true. I’d really appreciate if you could go by and take a look. I’m open to any tips or feedback!