Written by Daryl Lindsey
Most artists and designers know the pain of feeling “blocked,” when creativity and inspiration feel like they’re clear on the other side of a big, brick wall. For Minted Artist Julia Hall, that feeling is just as common as it is for the rest of us — but Hall has managed to take her “blocked” moments and turn them into opportunities for growth, both as an artist and an entrepreneur.
“Artist block” is even what helped her reach her current career path as a stationery designer. “I went to college for painting, but it never felt like a perfect fit,” Hall explained, recounting feeling stressed and blocked while trying to carve out a path for herself. “Finding stationery, where I can do different styles for different designs, and incorporate hand drawing, painting, digital work, and photography has been very freeing.”
Thinking outside the box while feeling creatively blocked helped her design the invitation suite she would use for her own wedding — and led her to a major career success. Hall created her most popular design, “Holiday Frame,” in a last-minute, down-to-the-wire Minted Challenge submission for their 2016 holiday contest.
Hall is based in Queens, New York and works full-time as a digital designer in Jersey City, New Jersey while running her successful Minted business on the side. We spoke with Hall about how she finds inspiration (even when it’s hard) and what it means to be a stationery designer in 2018.Comments Off on How Designer Julia Hall Turns “Inspiration Block” Into Her Secret Weapon