This issue of NFTs Driving Change puts the spotlight on Dropspot, a new NFT art marketplace and their #NFTLikeAQueen campaign spotlighting female NFT creators.
I believe Sunday mornings are for lazy breakfasts and great reads in bed—unless it’s a beautiful spring day. But if you, like me, are new to springs in England, you’d want to keep a close watch on the weather forecast. In the last two weeks, I have seen snow, heavy rains, winds, warm sunny days, and everything in between. And I, fooled by the blooming daffodils and cherry blossoms, was this close to packing away my winter clothes. If you are lucky enough to have a warm, sunny day (unlike me), take your read outside. While I cannot promise you a great read, I guarantee some food for thought, something inspiring, or maybe even a pinch of hope.
Welcome to NFTs Driving Change—a monthly column (bi-monthly previously), where I highlight projects and creators using NFTs and other Web3 tools to create real-world impact. In this issue, I’ll be introducing you to Dropspot, a curated NFT art and culture marketplace and their International Women’s Day campaign celebrating female NFT creators.
Meet Dropspot, the new kid on the block
Dropspot is a new curated NFT art and culture marketplace based on the Cardano blockchain. The marketplace focuses on 1:1 NFTs and claims to let their artists have “artistic sovereignty.” In other words, the artists will have complete control over their work. In addition, Dropspot offers a creator launchpad to help creators mint and sell their NFTs globally. However, this feature is currently invite-only.
According to Laura Richardson, Co-owner, Director of Curation, Community & Comms at Dropspot, the platform boasts a team with a wealth of experience. Richardson, for example, has over 20 years of experience in the creative industry. Her past clientele includes Soho House, Conde Nast, Google, and Facebook, to name a few.
“We simply can no longer rest on the laurels of ‘build it and they will come’—those days are over,” Richardson told NFT Evening. “People desire and deserve meaning and one of my greatest passions (and gifts) is creating narratives that have community at the core. Dropspot is the platform I use to bring togetherness back into our lives.”
#NFTLikeAQueen is spotlighting female NFT creators
In celebration of International Women’s day, Dropspot launched the #NFTLikeAQueen campaign on March 8. Created in partnership with Genius X Accelerator program and Cardano Women, the campaign spotlights some of the leading as well as emerging female NFT creators from across the globe. Some of the participating artists include Kika Nicolela, Haze Long, Alice Labrouel, Tina Touli, Emily Carrig, and Anna Dora.
More importantly, all Dropspot commissions from the NFT sale will go to the Malala Fund. These funds will support young girls in developing countries to access higher education.
“I came from a traditional fine art background and was disillusioned by the elitism of the art world,” said Emily Carrig. “I found the NFT space to be refreshing because it encourages collaboration, community, and co-creation. My goal is to help other women and emerging creators enter the space and navigate the challenges that I went through.”
Echoing this, Long added: “One of my primary goals in this space is to make more connections with women and to uplift them. My art was discovered and made popular by women. I’d like to return the favor.”
A final word
With March being Women’s History Month, it’s common to have a host of Web3 companies and projects launching various campaigns uplifting female-identifying NFT creators. In an ideal world, I’d want Web3 to do much more to be inclusive—not just have a day or month-long women-focused campaign and then move on to old habits. But since we don’t live in an ideal world, I’ll take the small wins for now.
Hopefully, we’ll see way more female artists and women-led companies like Dropsot in the near future. Moreover, we’ll have more companies and projects doing more to make Web3 a diverse and inclusive space; not just during Women’s History Month.