ARTFULLY CRAFTED. PERSONALLY INSPIRED.
Dixie Design Collective is a purveyor of semi-custom stationery and wedding paper, hand-designed by a collective of skilled artists, for discerning clients with a taste for luxurious, artfully driven paper without the lengthy design time or high price point.
Like our founder’s childhood pup, Dixie, for whom the company is named, Dixie Design Collective’s ready-made cards are unique and lively in spirit - a feat made possible through our collaboration with accomplished artists. The Dixie team handpicks artists who are committed to producing quality works through calligraphy, painting, illustrating and other hand-lettering techniques. The artists apply their talents and skilled eye to fashioning paper goods that have the look and feel of custom cards, without the added wait time and expense.
Our story began in 2014 when our founder, Jennifer Hunt—a busy mother of two who moonlights as an accountant and an art dealer—waited a touch too long to order her holiday cards. Like many busy women before her, Jennifer found that booking an artist to create the hand-lettered cards she wanted was not a possibility. She took to the web, but her efforts were futile. No one was delivering online customizable calligraphy and art-driven holiday stationery. That is when the idea sprung for a website where discerning customers could go for hand-made cards that were thoughtfully and gorgeously created by real artists. No need for pricey design fees, lengthy production times or settling for the mass-produced.
With its collective of sixteen artists (and growing!), Dixie is able to supply cards within ten days that are as unique as the intended recipients. Each Dixie artist, with their own distinctive style, creates multiple one-of-a-kind designs, which ensures you’ll find a card to suit your taste. Designs are created by hand, the paper is luxurious and, to ensure cards feel truly your own, we’ve made it easy to upload photos and personalize messages. No detail is overlooked. We believe stationery should reflect the sender’s personality and delight the recipient and that is what we strive to deliver through the Dixie Collective: Design-driven cards that inspire.
The Dixie Team
Jennifer is the creator and founder of Dixie Design Collective. Hailing from northwest Alabama, she graduated with a Master of Accountancy from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and moved to Birmingham in 1999. She led successful careers first as a Certified Public Accountant and then as an art gallery owner. Not one to be pegged down, Jennifer launched Dixie Design Collective to offer a space where artfully created paper and accessibility could meet. As a gallery owner, Jennifer developed an eye for spotting talent and a skill for curating, which help ensure every artist and piece of work represented in the collective is top-notch. It’s a full job, but when she’s not working with artists, managing her business or keeping up with her two adorable and rambunctious little boys, Jennifer loves traveling with her husband, Buddy, indulging in Birmingham's great restaurants, cooking, reading and enjoying the company of friends and family.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Holly Cook Hollon happily returned to her hometown after receiving a BFA in Graphic Design at Auburn University. After working in the field of advertising, she began her own business to pursue her creative interests, focusing on working with small businesses, creating logos and branding systems, and with brides, creating wedding stationery suites. The unique design aesthetic of Holly’s work has been influenced by her skills in illustration and calligraphy. Using hand drawn techniques and drawings gives her designs a personal and rare touch. In recent years, the American Advertising Federation named Holly “Designer of the Year” and “Illustrator of the Year” in its Addy Awards ceremony and Town and Country magazine named her one of the top 8 Wedding Illustrators in the country. Her work has been featured in other renowned media outlets such as Southern Living, Design Sponge, and Oh So Beautiful Paper, among others. The designer spends her free time cooking, indulging in chick-flicks, scavenging estate sales, and spending time with her daughter, two poodles and husband, Charlton.
Shelby is a graphic designer with a passion for detail. She believes design has a unique ability to tell a story. After graduating from Auburn University with a BFA in Graphic Design she remained on the plains to work with a campus ministry for a couple of years. There she built relationships and traveled overseas on mission trips before moving down to 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. After some brief work in the advertising and publishing field, she started pursuing her own creative interests as a designer. She sees creativity as a tool for communication and loves to create things that give people an avenue for connecting and sharing stories. She has quickly adapted to being a 30a local and, in her free time, you will find her exploring her small beach town with friends or browsing her favorite bookstores for new reads and admiring all their stationery.
Addie is a North Carolina native with Southern Louisiana roots, so she feels right at home in the middle of those two places here in Birmingham, Alabama. Shortly after graduating from UNC, Chapel-Hill with a degree in Graphic Design and Journalism, she moved to Birmingham to work for Southern Living magazine. In her time with Southern Living, she was able to help with photoshoots and photo styling and create ads for the magazine. She has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. It was at UNC where she was introduced to the role that creativity and design can play in delivering a powerful message. She continues to put paintbrush to paper with a whimsical and quirky flair and her favorite subjects include house portraits and dogs. Some of her most treasured time is spent walking with friends, visiting on her (any!) porch and trying new restaurants and coffeeshops in town. She is amazed at the role graphic design can play in bringing to life a small business, city or even a street and wants to bring everyday-creativity to what she does and to those she is with!
Born and raised in Tennessee, Amy has a deep attachment to the southeast, paired with a guiding desire to explore new places. After receiving a degree in fine arts from Furman University she has worked largely within the printing and stationery design niche. As a designer she finds great joy in helping others extend hospitality and express gratitude through beautiful invitations and thoughtfully printed cards. She happily calls Birmingham “home” where she resides with her husband and son in their quaint 1930ʼs bungalow. Whether at home or traveling you will likely find her exploring new restaurants, quiet coffee shops, and local art museums.
Bethany has always called Birmingham, Alabama home and, after receiving her BFA in Graphic Design at Auburn University, she could not get back to the Magic City fast enough. After starting her career in the world of advertising, Bethany quickly realized she was interested in doing more than just design work and decided to transition into a role that more adequately fit her even right brain/left brain split. With a passion for creative storytelling and brand development, Bethany has been able to surround herself with a diverse group of creative partners with whom she works as a designer, project manager, producer and problem solver. Though everyday looks a little different, Bethany will always make time to travel with her husband, Jeff, enjoy delicious food and snuggle with her dog, Max.
Marketing and Blog Editor
Sloan, a Birmingham native, loves to weave words together to tell stories. She completed her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Samford University and her graduate degree in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Alabama. While in school, Sloan held a variety of editorial and marketing jobs, including positions at Southern Living, The Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Tuscaloosa Mayoral Office. After completing her Master’s degree, Sloan married her best friend, Chase, and landed a job coordinating the marketing and social media for a large Birmingham law firm. Sloan now stays at home with her two little boys, Jack and James. During afternoon nap times and at night, you can find her cranking out emails, blog posts and newsletters to promote the beautiful stationery lines of Dixie Design. And in her spare time, you can find her with her nose in a fiction book or a Bible study, researching new dinner recipes, or hanging out with her boys and husband.
Social Media, Customer Service & Production
Leigh is a lover of people and the events that bring them together. As a girl born and raised in the heart of Dixie, a big part of her heart still calls Birmingham, Alabama home no matter where she finds herself. Life after Auburn University has taken her all across the map. From graduate work in Philadelphia to jobs in Texas, Leigh has collected people all along the way…including a husband! She now finds herself living at a boarding school in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband, Harry, and 50 freshman boys! Leigh loves experiencing the beauty of all 4 seasons in the northeast, but nothing quite beats visits from southern family and friends.
Website & Production
Mary Margaret Smith
Mary Margaret is a wedding and portrait photographer in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Montevallo, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in photography. After spending several years developing photos in the darkroom, she began shooting weddings in 2007. She takes a documentary approach to photography and enjoys capturing details and candid moments. Always an admirer of beautiful paper and design, she developed a love for shooting stationery from photographing wedding invitation suites. Outside of photography MM also enjoys cooking with her boyfriend and hiking with their dogs.
Mandy is a Southern gal, raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After a brief stint in Texas, working in stationery and paper, she and her husband settled in the Magic City to build a home and a life. She is a happy wife, proud mother of three, and a homemaker. Besides all that, Mandy is a creative professional, specializing primarily in photography and floral design. Mandy loves documenting moments and capturing and creating beauty on film. She shoots weddings, lifestyle, editorial and commercial projects. Further, she loves the way floral work scratches her itch to make something with her hands and the wonderful way flowers can make a person feel. She becomes especially passionate and energized about it all when working with her other creative friends.
As both an artist and a stylist, Augusta’s heart finds joy with incorporating art in the every-day details. From curating fine art weddings and events, to painting a still life portrait, to foraging greenery for her dining room table, her mind is constantly dreaming of new ways to bring artistry to others. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Augusta’s love for the South is ever growing. She attended Samford University, and worked under an event coordinator and floral designer and also in bridal retail. She created her company, Artistry, with the hope of bringing artistic vision to memorable events, whether that be a photoshoot or a wedding day. In 2013, she married her best friend, Jordan, and they reside in Birmingham, along with their daughter and beloved French Bulldog.