Today I’m participating in Handmade Makers Market’s ‘Getting To Know You Challenge’. They love handmade and believe in shopping local and direct from the makers, crafters and designers themselves and so do I. Find out more about the Handmade Makers Challenge and answer the questions for yourself here.
First up, give us a quick introduction, who are you, what do you do?
I am Becky Button and I make laser cut acrylic jewellery and assorted button-centric crafts!
Give us one unusual or surprising fact about yourself, something we wouldn’t expect!
I am vegetarian but I’m not keen on vegetables (and yes, that can occasionally make life a little awkward!)
What are the 5 words that best describe you?
Quirky, creative, verbose, curious, observant.
What do you make? Perhaps you are you a crafter or designer? Is it a hobby or a business? Perhaps you make something less tangible, like happiness or connections between people?
I mostly make jewellery, though I’ve also tried my hand at sewing, embroidery, dressmaking, painting and cross stitch!
Describe your normal day (if you have such a thing!)
I have quite a normal day job so once I’m home for the day I’ll do a bit of studying (I’m studying for an Open Degree with the Open University), sort out the latest inspiration pictures that I’ve found, design something to laser cut, try out some button combinations etc. I’ll also spend time catching up on Etsy and several design blogs that I frequent.
Where are you happiest?
In my ‘studio’ (aka craft room) of course 🙂
What the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The whole Sunscreen Song is full of the kind of advice I try to live my life by. I can’t choose a favourite line…
What talent are you most proud of and why?
I have a talent for remembering numbers which comes in pretty useful at times. I also have a talent for observation which means I spot things that others might miss. That also comes in really useful!
What would you like to be better at and why?
Singing, drawing and playing a musical instrument. I’m always very jealous of people who can do those things. I’m better at creating things and listening to music.
What would you like to have more of and why?
It’s probably a very common answer, but time is very important in my world. It’d be great to have enough time to try out all the ideas that are whirring round my head as well as studying and socialising and staying sane!
If you could be given any gift what would it be?
Ideally a pair (or ten) of my favourite shoes by Irregular Choice.
If you could give any gift to anyone, what would you give and to whom?
That’s a big question. I’d love to give the perfect present to someone, of something they’d been looking for or lusting after for ages, and I just happened to get it right.
What’s the next big thing you’re looking forward to in your life?
I’m looking forward to working on my laser cut jewellery and increasing the product range. In a non-corporate sense, I’ve got lots of big birthday parties to attend this year as my peers and I reach a milestone age, so I’m looking forward to going to them.
What’s the item in your house that makes you smile the most, maybe it’s a piece of artwork or furniture or maybe a secret culinary ingredient, CD or DVD?
I’ve got this cute kakapo print by one of my favourite artists, Eleanor Grosch on the wall of my craft room, and it always reminds me of my holiday to New Zealand and the time I spent helping with the Kakapo Recovery Programme. One of my best holidays ever, so it makes me smile a lot!
If you’d like to give this a go, head on over to the Handmade Makers Market blog and let them know all about you.
I hope you enjoyed my answers!