We thought it was about time to introduce you to the makers behind our fabulous handmade goodies in-store…so, in the next of our Meet the Maker specials, please say hello to Becky of Guitar Geekery…
How did you become a designer/maker?
Like many designer-makers I designed and made as a hobby for most of my life, and that became a business out of a passion for putting food on the table! The guitars were a slightly frivolous side-line to my handbags and accessories brand to begin with, and have gradually taken over. It all started because I had an injury that stopped me playing my guitars for a few months, so I started drawing them instead. I always knew I could sew, but it’s come as something of a surprise to me that I have both the drawing and design skills and the music knowledge to pull this off!
How did you choose your business name and what’s the meaning behind it?
Well, you can like music, and you can like guitars, and then… you can like guitars just a little bit too much! I’m not the geekiest of guitar geeks but some of my customers are. It does what it says really.
Do you run your business full time or balance another job as well?
I have a full time designer-maker business. Guitar Geekery takes up most of my time but it’s not all drawing and designing. I would say the majority of my time is taken up with marketing, researching, and developing new ideas. I also organise designer maker fairs under the name of Design Inspire Live, providing a platform for artists and craftspeople to sell their work, including some of the sellers here at OHC
How do you fit it all in and keep that balance?
There’s a little bit of my old job that I can’t quite let go of, so I continue to do some consultancy work for the University of Leeds. I keep thinking when I stop needing the extra income I’ll give it up, but I actually enjoy it too much. It doesn’t take up too much of my time, and it kind of keeps a different part of my brain ticking over.
What’s your favourite thing about running your business?
The other day I sat in a café, drinking tea and eating cake with a good friend, discussing music and musicians, sharing tracks, learning about artists I’d never heard of, extolling the virtues of artists she’d never listened to: and I could legitimately count this as work! What’s not to like?
Of all the things you’ve ever made, which has been your favourite?
My original design for the Guitar Heroes mug is my favourite. Not because I think it’s the best, artistically speaking, but because I put in such a lot of research. It wasn’t going to be just my favourite musicians. I wanted it to show the influencers and the originators, the inventors and the innovators . I wanted there to be enough really famous names to grab attention, but then throw in some wild cards, so that people would have to do some research, or maybe even be turned on to different music. It worked for me, and I think it works for people who buy the mug too. One guy once congratulated me on including Hubert Sumlin, and we got to talking about seeing him play at and it turned out we’d been at the same gig 12 years ago. I’m about geeky enough to love that stuff!
Describe your business in three words
Cool Guitar Gifts
We reckon that we all have a little bit of a geekiness about us somewhere Becky! Thanks so much for dropping by and telling us your story. You can find the Guitar Geekery collection in store now.
See you at the shop x