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University of Mississippi journalism student creates art business during pandemic

Jordan Majersky finishes a canvas for a customer. Photo by Kenzee Blount.

Kenzee Blount
Oxford Stories
ksblount@go.olemiss.edu

STUDENT PROFILE – Starting your own business can can be intimidating, and working up the courage to do so can be daunting. But the pandemic has led many students to spend their free time making money.

Jordan Majersky, a University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media student, created the small art business, S & J Designs, with her roommate, Samantha Fletcher.

Majersky was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois about 30 minutes outside of Chicago. She attended West Aurora School District and was involved in many extracurricular activities. Art was one of her favorites. Her father was an art major at Illinois State University, and Majersky created arts and crafts to bond with her dad. 

“As a young child, I was always painting, drawing, and creating things, such as jewelry and paintings,” she said. “I had always watched the creative side of my dad and the things he would create, so this led me to start getting interested in art and creating different art pieces with him. At the time, I didn’t think of it as anything other than spending time with my dad, but now looking back at it, I realize that it quickly became a way for me to express myself and relieve any stress I had as I got older.” 

After graduating from high school, Majersky enrolled in UM, and she is now a junior broadcast journalism major.

“I have always been a social person, and I think that it is important to have a society that is informed on what is going on around them,” she said. “That is what drew me to journalism – the idea that I could be the face that brings others the news, possibly in fun and creative ways.”

Jordan has held many leadership positions on campus. Some of her most notable experiences are being an Orientation Leader, a student leader for MPower, and a Leadership and Engagement Ambassador, all positions that allowed her to welcome new students to the university.

Canvases that Jordan Majerksy and her art partner, Sam Fletcher, have created. Photo by Kenzee Blount.

“One of the most exciting parts about these positions I’ve held is getting the opportunity to create different graphics to share with all the incoming students,” Majersky said. “Sharing information about our campus with incoming students is always important, so being able to do that in a creative way, such as making my own graphics, always made my job a lot more enjoyable.” 

Majersky and Fletcher became friends through campus involvement and realized they had many things in common. Both enjoyed painting as a way of relieving stress. The two eventually became roommates.

During the quarantine, they had more free time, so they began to create new paintings. After a few friends noticed their artwork and offered to pay for it, they created S & J Designs. 

Now, they paint designs on canvases at their customers’ requests. Seeing their canvases hanging in homes is one of the many highlights of having their own business, Majersky said.

“Jordan and I have always bonded over our mutual interest in creativity and art,” Fletcher said. “We saw this opportunity as a perfect way to share our creativity with others, while also getting a little extra money on the side. Plus, Jordan is such a caring and fun person to be around. She is always a light in the room, and such an amazing person to be in business with. She makes this so fun and makes it feel like so much more than just ‘work’.”

Jordan Majersky and Sam Fletcher with their canvases. Photo by Kenzee Blount.

Majersky said she is glad she got the opportunity to start this business because it has given her a chance to prepare more for her future after she graduates from college. 

“I think that this business has prepared me for the future with my organization skills,” she said. “As we get more and more new customers, it is essential that we stay on top of our orders and give an estimate of time to deliver and make the products. Seeing that having good organization skills plays a big part in the career field I hope to get into, this quality is essential for my future, and our business has given me the chance to work on strengthening that skill.” 

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