The EveryGirl leads Makers Night with Chicago artists

What do you get when you combine artists, bloggers, and a DIY project? Minted Makers Night, a celebration of Minted’s independent artist community, talented writers, and crafty cheer.

On December 2, Minted and The EveryGirl co-hosted the third Makers Night at Interior Define, a modern custom sofa company, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. While noshing on hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, everyone worked on the featured project: a wood serving tray covered with fabric designed by Chicago area Minted artists. Bloggers from The Golden Girl Blog, The Sweet Season, Michaela Noelle, and more participated as well.

Artist Angela Marzuki said the best part of the evening was catching up with other members of the Minted community. “There is so much time spent online critiquing each other’s work, cheering one another on, discussing common goals, and sharing both the successes and failures,” she said. “It really does feel like you already know one another, like getting together with a bunch of really great friends.”

Chicago Minted artist duo Baumbirdy designed the event invitation, “Floral Peace.”

Minted artists and Chicago bloggers connected over their shared interest in beautiful design.

This Minted table runner, “Simple Sprig,” was designed by Chicago artist Erin Deegan.

These are just some of the card designs created by Chicago area Minted artists. We displayed dozens of card designs in addition to Chicago-themed art, table runners, and pillows by local Minted community members.

Minted artists Angela Marzuki, Melissa Egan, and Erin Deegan cut fabric, which they later modge-podged into the bases of their trays. Diana Bitting of Interior Define looks on.

Alaina Kaczmarski, Co-founder and Editor of The EveryGirl, led the DIY tray project with Danielle Moss of The EveryGirl.

Top row from left: Carolyn Doogan of Baumbirdy, Lena Barakat, Angela Marzuki, Melissa Egan of Pistols, Erin Deegan, Johanna Phillips Huuva, Beth Schneider of Elizabeth Victoria. Bottom row from left: Sarah Baumgardner of Baumbirdy, Carolann Belk, Rebecca Turner, Colleen Tracey, and Nazia Hyder.

Carolann Belk of Pink House Press won $200 in Minted credit in the Instagram contest for the Minted community. The Minted artist received the most likes on her Instagram, @pinkhousepress, using the hashtag #MintedMakers.

Jess Keys of The Golden Girl and fashion editor of The EveryGirl won the Instagram contest for bloggers.

Minted artists and Chicago bloggers styled their fabric-covered trays and photographed them for Instagram using the hashtag #MintedMakers. We love how Angela Marzuki styled her tray for this Instagram photo.

About the Author: Amy Schroeder, Minted’s Community Content Manager, founded Venus, the magazine about women in the arts and DIY culture, and has written for Etsy, West Elm, and NYLON. Connect on Instagram @thevenuslady.

Published December 7, 2015 • Learn how to become a Minted artist here.

  1. Lehan

    Still sad that I wasn’t able to make it, but looks like you all had a great time! 🙂

  2. carrie oneal

    How cool!!! Looks like you guys had a great night!