Jen Mussari

COMMERCIAL ARTIST

As if I needed yet another reason to love Squarespace...

Jen Mussari

Introducing...my brand new site! I'm jumping out of my skin with excitement to show off this bad boy. Just like I believe everything should be, it's custom! But don't worry, it's still built with Squarespace. And now, for the story:

Back in March I collaborated with Squarespace on a one-off project for their sponsorship of the Heartbreaker Banquet, a music festival in Texas. I got the chance to travel with a handful of Squarespace employees and other selected artists to the festival. What I thought would be a pretty standard business trip turned out to be an incredibly inspiring experience. I'm not one for mushy feelings, but I really felt a kinship with these people and got the sense that the company they worked for was more than just a corporation. I understood, because of the respect that they showed me and the kindness they offered: they really believe in empowering artists.

A bandana I designed for the Heartbreaker Banquet. Photo credit: Ann Street Studios

A bandana I designed for the Heartbreaker Banquet. Photo credit: Ann Street Studios

Over the past few months I have been so lucky to turn my collaborators at Squarespace into dear friends. David Lee reached out to me for a very special new collaboration which will stay a bit mysterious for now. He sent the impossibly charming trio Billy Sweeney, Luis Mark Gonzales, and Richard Minkoff to my studio for this project and we became instant friends. While we were working (totally not just hanging out), Billy got scheming. He and Luis decided that the vintage template I was using (read: two years old) just wasn't cutting it and that, since my work is all custom, I should have something custom. I don't remember how I reacted, but I might have punched them and then profusely apologized and then asked if they were serious. I think.

Look at these super chill dudes hanging out in my studio. Getting business done. Being cool. 

Look at these super chill dudes hanging out in my studio. Getting business done. Being cool. 

Cut to now: past assumed hours of hard work that these super nice dudes and their teams casually make look so easy; past a few hang-outs, hugs, and high-fives; and I'm sitting here with an effortlessly cool site trying to think of ways to thank them. Along the way, they showed me so many things that I, as a user of two years, still had no idea that this product could do. I feel super empowered. I also feel like telling everyone I know how awesome (and functional) my new site is. I couldn't be more grateful for their extended support and kindness. All of the credit in the design and functionality of this site goes to them. Thanks Billy, Luis, David, Dan, Kevin, everyone on their teams, and everyone at Squarespace for being super cool and for backing me up. 

You're the best hype-people a gal could ask for.