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 Gemma of Melodies…
How did you become a designer/maker?
I’ve always had a creative streak in me but I originally studied Interdisciplinary Practices at Leeds College of Art and Design. I kept on dabbling in creative processes as a hobby alongside my day job. But in 2012 I couldn’t resist making my passion my career.
How did you choose your business name and what’s the meaning behind it?
There’s no secret meaning behind my name. I wanted something plain, simple and that implied a musical connection. I had a few names on the table and just went with one. Lots of people do now presume my name is Melody though, and I have joked I’ll legally change my name once I become really successful.
Do you run your business full time or balance another job as well?
I started off running my business full time for the first year, getting all the boring stuff in place. I now balance this with a part time job in an Independent home wares store. It helps keep me stay creative and its really near OHC, so I’m always on hand for a restock!
How do you fit it all in and keep that balance?
I’m very lucky in my other job that I do have an element of flexibility. Mainly I have learnt to prioritise, fitting admin in where I can and on evenings, then making products in my full days. I have a studio at home and also a messy workshop further away, which means I have to plan, and get lots of work done without distractions.
What’s your favourite thing about running your business?
It has to be the designing and making. I only use a select range of materials so I force myself to be creative with them. I love getting my hands dirty, cutting, sanding, melting, anything goes!
Of all the things you’ve ever made, which has been your favourite?
This is impossible to answer. I love loads of my different pieces for different reasons. Some of my more popular designs I fall out of love with because I end up making so many (not that I’m complaining). Other designs I love making but can be so time consuming so I never make them again because they’re not financially viable. Some of my larger scale work can be really fun to do but then turns out to be really impractical. This process changes all the time.
Describe your business in three words
Nostalgic, bold and geometric
We just love your way of using Vinyl for new creations Gemma! Thanks so much for dropping by and telling us your story. You can find the Melodies collection in store now.
See you at the shop x