Minted artist finds inspiration despite health challenges

Kailyn Glassmacher, who is deaf, is one of 10 people in the world who has a rare muscular dystrophy-like syndrome. She recently won her first Minted design challenge, and we were blown away with her response to our question: What was most inspiring about 2015? Read her story here.

This was both a difficult and inspirational year for me.

I was born profoundly deaf with a rare form of muscular dystrophy-like syndrome. I am in a wheelchair full time and communicate using American Sign Language. My syndrome was only recently identified, and I am only one of 10 people in the world who has this disease—I am the oldest and only girl to have it.

Although it has been difficult, I haven’t let it stop me. I graduated from Gallaudet University with bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Graphic Design. I now work as a freelance graphic designer and continue to search for a full-time job that matches my artistic style.

In 2015, I was hospitalized twice for significant periods of time. I joined the Minted community between hospital stays to share my work and improve my art skills. Joining Minted kept me focused on my art and allowed me to forget about my illness. It helped me to develop a passion for stationery design that I didn’t know I had. I began working on the designs for my older sister’s wedding, which came out looking great! I am so proud of them. The wedding was wonderful, and I was well enough to fulfill my duties as maid of honor.

Although this was a tough year with my health, it was also a surprisingly wonderful and inspiring time in my career as an artist.

American Sign Language Love” Valentine’s Day Greeting Card by Kailyn Glassmacher

We’re honored that Kailyn has joined Minted’s global community of independent artists and designers, and we hope to see more of her designs in our assortment of holiday cardslimited-edition art, and home decor.

What was most inspiring about 2015 for you? Share your answer in Comments below and on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter with the hashtag #WhatInspiresMe.

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Published December 10, 2015 • Learn how to become a Minted artist here.

  1. Very inspiring! Best wishes to you!

  2. Sandy

    So nice to “meet” you and hear your inspiring story, Kailyn! Congratulations on your win and welcome to the Minted family 🙂

  3. Olivia

    Thank you for sharing your story, Kailyn. Here’s to many more wins!

  4. Hilary Abban

    You are amazing! I love your designs!!!

  5. Beautiful and inspiring. You are simply extraordinary!

  6. lori

    Congratulations on your win, Kailyn! And thank you for sharing your amazing story!! So inspiring!! Best wishes and prayers!! – Lori 🙂

  7. Kim Dietrich Elam

    You are an inspiration to the rest of us, Kailyn! Wishing you all the best.

  8. Delanee Talley

    I’ll be watching out for your new designs! Congratulations on being part of the Minted team. Merry Christmas to you ~