Today we’re introducing you to someone new on Spoonflower’s Brand Marketing team, our new Artist Community Manager Jessie Katz Greenberg! As a podcast host and talented creative in her own right, Jessie has years of experience in many areas including working with artists and building community. Learn more below about Jessie’s background, what her plans are for this role, her favorite designs, as well as a few handy tips for Spoonflower artists.
Hey Jessie! Please introduce yourself and share a bit about your creative background.
Hi there! I’m Jessie Katz Greenberg, and I’m excited to join Spoonflower as the new Artist Community Manager!
I spent the first 10 years of my career in graphic design, part of that as a packaging design director at a textile company in New York City, where I live.
Throughout that time, I was networking in the creative community, teaching workshops, creating my own craft videos and co-hosting the Craft Hangout podcast. I ultimately decided to make working with artists my full-time job by joining a video startup in 2020 where I did community management specifically for art and DIY content creators.
In addition to crafting, I also like spending time getting out of the city with my husband when possible, acquiring new house plants, hanging with our two cats or binge-watching too many shows to keep track of.
What made you want to work for Spoonflower?
I love the variety of opportunities Spoonflower provides for artists and makers, like the ability to easily open a shop full of your designs and have access to unique fabric so a maker’s handmade items really stand out. I also love all the opportunities we offer to be featured on our blog and social media channels, along with even bigger partnerships through our Small Business Grant and Ambassador Program.
And, if I can give a tiny peek behind the curtain here, as someone who just recently joined the team, I love seeing how much everyone at Spoonflower is thinking about our artists, makers and consumers every day.
What are your favorite Spoonflower designs right now?
This is by far the most difficult question as there are so many!
What are you looking forward to most about working with the artist community?
First, I’m looking forward to learning from our incredibly talented artist community! I’ve already had the chance to talk to many artists through Facebook Groups and one-on-one conversations, and I look forward to incorporating their feedback into upcoming events and resources.
I plan to create more opportunities for our artists to engage with each other, share feedback and learn from us here at Spoonflower, whether you’re a total beginner or a surface pattern pro.
We’ll be featuring artists in several ways, so if you are interested in speaking at a webinar, sharing your success story, or even providing feedback on your experience as a Spoonflower artist, please reach out and let me know! You can reach me at email@example.com.
What’s your best piece of advice for artists getting started on Spoonflower?
Just start! Don’t worry about designing a full collection or nailing down your signature style right away. Upload your first design, order a swatch and go from there. The first time you try anything is never going to be perfect, so it’s better to just get those first time worries out of the way.