This article showcases our top picks for the best North Carolina based Art startups. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Art industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top North Carolina Art Startups
Spoonflower is a community built around fabric and textile design. It offers custom fabric printing with no minimum order as well as as a marketplace of thousands of unique fabric designs by independent designers from around the world.
The company has expanded its products to include custom wallpaper and gift wrap, in addition to fabric. Spoonflower uses eco-friendly digital textile printing technology and prints each order on demand using water-based inks.
Crafters and small businesses use custom fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap from Spoonflower to make quilts, clothes, pillows, dolls, blankets, framed textile art and many, many other products.. .
Creative Allies is changing the way brands reach their fans. We are an integrated marketing firm that focuses on helping celebrity and consumer brands execute marketing campaigns, engage customers, and acquire millennials.
We accomplish this through our proprietary technology, comprehensive marketing services, and strategic partnerships. Our community has 120,000+ designers and 180,000+ fans.
We have worked with brands and celebrities such as Eminem, Arizona Iced Tea, Selena Gomez, Twenty One Pilots, Rick and Morty and many more.. .
ImaginationSpring offers children and adults brands and solutions that promote imagination and creativity. ImaginationSpring employs “Responsible Technology” as a foundational pillar.
This means that the technology outcomes must be a “net positive” as a contributor to humanity’s creativity and imagination abilities. ImaginationSpring is dedicated to creating products that stimulate imaginations and instill creative confidence in everyone no matter what the core function of the product is.
Through its brands ImaginDAN and ImaginWOW, ImaginationSpring delivers fun, creative and imagination sparking solutions that are effective and fun.. .
Think of ShomoLive as eHarmony meets a social “niche” web platform designed specifically for the live music and entertainment communities. ShomoLive is a web based platform designed specifically for local live music and entertainment communities.
The main purpose of the site is a booking tool and manager that helps streamline, organize, and automate the booking of gigs and events for local artists and venues. Once booked, these events are then automatically promoted to both the database of the artist, as well as the database of the venue.
Also once booked, any user(fan) can now find that event information using our advanced search functionality.. .
Tech based global, online art platform to promote women artists. We motivate them by showcasing their original, handmade paintings on our AI/AR enabled artisan marketplace.
At the same time, we empower them by letting teach arts (with niche on folk arts) online to art learners/lovers. Using AI for extensive product search and applying machine learning to assist.
More than 250 women artists over 10+ countries have joined through our mobile DailyDesignist artist app . Schools are getting interested to connect with us to teach folk arts to their students.
Launching newest product line called “ARTWEARS”. .
Imagekind allows artist to build online galleries, set their own prices, keep profits and even collect commissions. In addition, Imagekind allows anyone to discover their inner artist through the “create path” which allows customers to upload their favorite pictures or piece of child art and turn it into a framed masterpiece or a museum-quality print on canvas.
Imagekind has partnered with leading brands such as Walgreens, [Snapfish](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/snapfish), [Flickr](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/flickr), [HP](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/hewlett-packard), Corel, and Costco.. .
North Carolina Culture
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina.
Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy.
NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. Through arts efforts led by the N.C.
Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C.
Museum of Art; NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for their state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage.
NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in their state; developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped. NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C.
Romero was one of the first artists to use Codex to leverage sales. Not surprising, as he sold a digital artwork in Bitcoin to a patron in February of 2017, just before the cryptocurrency’s boom. Romero has experimented with different marketplaces and sales platforms with Codex, and says that the ability to buy directly on Codex would be a great feature to see.
When asked about the Simple Login feature, Romero said while he still uses his MetaMask account but he did consider the feature and was impressed how easy it was to use. It’s important for him that his patrons and viewers can easily receive the Records, making Simple Login a helpful step for artists to connect with patrons. The creation of Simple Login allows users to navigate Codex without using a blockchain wallet, the advent of this feature has drawn in many users who hadn’t previously felt comfortable on a blockchain platform. As Codex continues to grow our platform to benefit artists, we are excited about how this can help bring patrons together with artists. We are dedicated to making Codex easy and helpful to anyone in the arts and collectibles space, and we believe Simple Login will be a crucial feature that improves the buying and selling of digital art for both the patrons and the artists.
Romero is excited about using his digital art practice to “change the perception of how you work with art. It’s about breaking the norm and recreating art”. As we continue to communicate and engage with Romero to build a platform that is as beneficial to artists as possible, he is excited at what we together can build for the artist community.
Early adopter of using blockchain technology in his artistic practice, we look at Romero, winner of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Avant Garde Art/Music Award- Who’s Who in America, to see how artists can continually leverage the latest in technology to further their careers.
Most of its Web-based products are free, funded by Google’s highly integrated online advertising platforms AdWords and AdSense on a simple Google Blogspot platform. Ikohaus promotes the idea that artists should be communicating with fans and followers and relate to users thus providing them with a richer source of engagement..
3Monx.com reproduces community designed and community selected arts on t-shirts, canvases, posters, prints and more. Artists own the copyrights and are paid license fees for the products sold as royalty fees.
3Monx practices earth-friendly production & distribution technology for all of its product lines. All apparel products are made in USA in a sweatshop free environment from 100% organic cotton or bamboo.
Art prints are made on 80% bamboo and 20% cotton based paper. Products are shipped in biodegradable, recycled or recyclable packaging materials.
Company plans to donate a part of the profit into organizations promoting “green” lifestyle.. .
GiftOasis is an online marketplace that was designed to provide an easy shopping experience to customers seeking unique, high-quality gift items. We partner with small artisan businesses and give them a place to share their products, which may otherwise not get the audience they deserve.
The GiftOasis marketplace is made up of talented artisans from North Carolina. Our marketplace creates an environment that allows for a smooth, easy shopping experience.
The site is set up so that each seller can post his or her own products and descriptions and handle the shipping of their products to you. We allow you to browse items based on their type, like jewelry or home goods, or the location in North Carolina in which they were made.In addition, you may also look up different artisans and search their individual pages on our site.
There, you can learn more about the seller and the stories behind their work.. .
Your home for art, accessories, fun, and furniture! The story of AgoraExpo is rather short and simple. We bought a home that we decided to furnish with unique, interesting, and often strange items that left us somewhere between a 1950s version of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and your great-grandfather’s speakeasy.
It was a search that constantly bordered somewhere within the intricate web of frustration, desperation, and sheer unadulterated joy. The quest for the perfect pieces ultimately led us to artisans that were gifted in the sublime.
The purpose of AgoraExpo is to share the work, the vision, and the gift that each of our artisans possesses. Their work allows us to reshape our home as a reflection of who we are.
Here you’ll be introduced to a taste of our personalities and along the way hopefully you’ll find something that expresses yours!. .
We are a record label looking to Build a music venue/bar/ studio all under one roof. a one stop place for all types of musicians to come record and host shows to their fans.
providing a professional recording environment. and professional Live concert venue for them to showcase their talents.
We have all the Equipment we just need the building to put it in and capitol to build a bar/stage.. .
You may write to us at: Daily Finance Media/Fupping Ltd, First Floor, 61-63 Rochester Pl, London NW1 9JU.