Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we're continuing this series to further share the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as Makers and entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.
In this installment we're catching up with Becky Morette, a Seattle-based Maker who has been making vintage inspired home goods since 2010. Becky is the Graphic Artist and Founder of Sunday Drive Designs which makes (100% cotton) vintage-inspired tea towels that feature witty graphics that just may make you smile. We recently caught up with Becky to learn more about her journey as a creative entrepreneur.
Can you tell us more about your design inspiration?
I'm inspired by the 30s, 40s and 50s. I love the overall look and feel of those decades. And the fact that things were made by hand for the most part. I tend to look at my grandparents and their lives then. Including the massive amounts of change that happened during those times.
How do you get around creative blocks?
I don't know if I ever do. I tend to have an idea of a design and if I can't flush it out, it gets filed away in the back of my brain until something knocks it off the shelf I put it on. And if that doesn't work I go to acupuncture. Oddly it seems to help me come up with new design ideas. I really should put my acupuncturist on the payroll :)
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
I was told once, never be afraid to fail. You learn more from failing then you do from succeeding. And it's totally true. Don't take failure personal –design and art are subjective. So just because you love something doesn't mean that the rest of the world will to. And that's ok.
Secondly, I was told: you are your own business. Meaning, you can run your business how you choose to run it. There is no right and wrong. I liked that.
What three personality traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?
1) Mom always says I was the most resilient person she knows. I been through a lot and I tend to just get back up and keep going. I guess I just don't know any other way to be.
2) Sense of humor. You have to be able to see the funny in any situation.
3) Love of the creating. If I could only watch certain shows, it would be shows like Project Runway. I love and get inspired by seeing someone's creative process.
What has been the most rewarding part of business for you?
Making someone laugh or smile.
To learn more about Sunday Drive Designs, watch our video here.