#MarchMeetTheMaker is a 31 day Instagram Challenge, set by Joanne Hawker (and solely Joanne!) that runs throughout March every year. But it's more than just a challenge, it's a creative community that comes together to show people what they can do. It's about building each other up, making new connections, telling your small business story, growing your confidence (and Instagram following) and most importantly, it's about putting yourself out there.
The challenge was created in 2016 by Joanne herself. At the time, she was in bit of a creative rut with Instagram and couldn't find a way to pull herself out of it. Feeling determined, she went in search of challenge aimed at small creative businesses but couldn't find one. Feeling inspired, she went ahead and created a 31 day challenge which aims to show the different aspects of her business and asked her creative, small business friends to take part. And that's how #MarchMeetTheMaker was born. Little did she know that it would take off and gain over 463,000 posts on the hashtag in just 4 years!
"It's more than just a challenge, it's a creative community
who is Joanne
Joanne left university with a First Class Honours Degree in Graphic Communication and a couple years later, created a small handmade business. She decided that she wanted to chase her own dreams instead of working for someone else.
Joanne specialises in special occasion greeting cards but, also creates a range of cotton project pouches, enamel pins, and prints. She loves the community around Instagram, stripes and the colour yellow. She is also the human responsible for clogging up your Instagram feed with amazing makers every March with #MarchMeetTheMaker and in December with #MeetTheMakerWeek.
"Joanne wanted to chase her own dreams instead of working for someone else..."
Hello friend, lovely to meet you! This is me, Joanne, the friendly face behind the popular Instagram challenge. Whether you're a designer, maker, small business or create just for fun, you're always welcome here. A key part of the challenge is to build a sense of community where everyone feels like they belong. Pop over to Instagram, join in and I hope to chat with you soon!