Women Who Create / Becci Mai Ford
Welcome to the WWC fortnightly interview series! This week I am excited to introduce Ellbie Co. founder Becci Mai Ford and offer you a glimpse into her colourful creative world!
Tell us a little about your background...
I’ve spent my whole life creating things (ever since I first held scissors and turned a box into a ‘train’ hehe!). It’s what gets me up in the morning and it’s what led me to create Ellbie Co. I wanted to make it easy for other people to get stuck into crafting and try something different and I knew that a standard 9-5 just wasn’t the right fit for me! I previously spent a year living in South Korea and this influences a lot of my designs. I’m a big fan of Kawaii (Japanese cute) mixed with Korean style and I love to see the cross-over between that and traditional british craft projects!
Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focussed and happy?
I don’t have a specific ritual but a cup of black coffee and a TED talk is normally how I like to begin my day. It motivates me and gives me the fuel that I then need to get started on my emails. Then I like to tackle the thing on my to do list that I want to do the least first. I call it ‘eating a frog’ - it makes me feel good once I’ve got that task out of the way and helps me to then get everything else done!
What two things can't you live without?
That is a hard question - but I’d probably say my hula hoop (I like to hoop to let off steam!) and my big box of crafting supplies!
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
My two best friends Ellie and Phoebe - hence I named my business after their combined names! They are just such incredibly strong women and they don’t let anything stand in their way, plus they are some of the happiest people I know!
What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?
Creativity to me is something that everybody can be - nobody is born ‘a creative’ we all possess creativity, but it takes practise to learn how to harness your own individual creative powers. It’s about embracing what moves you and excites you and then turning those things into ideas that you can share with the world.
If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?
Thats also a tricky question as there are so many creatives that I would love to work with! But my favourite right now would have to be Lori Greiner she has a vast portfollio of products and I would love to find out more about her process of bringing a new product to market!
Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
My notebook and pen are all I need to scribble down ideas!
What is the best thing about running your *business/blog/working for yourself?
Having the freedom to shape my own future. Instead of waiting for somebody else to decide I get to choose the direction that my business is going to go. It can be both exciting and scary to make those choices - but it’s empowering to be the person making them!
And what is or has been the most challenging?
Umm can I say everything? It’s my first business so at times I do feel like I am making things up as I go along! I think trying to not compare your business journey to somebody elses is one of the hardest things.
What is your proudest creative moment in the journey so far?
Well I recently got some very exciting news that I am probably most proud of - but I don’t think I can share it just yet (keep an eye on my instagram though as I will be revealing it on there soon!) Aside from that news - I think my other proud moment has to be when a customer sent me a photo of all of her finished Ellbie Co. embroidery patches. It really touched me that somebody had collected my projects and decided to share that with me! Really made my day!
What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?
Don’t compare your journey to somebody elses. We are all on different paths and that is okay. Celebrate your differences and use that to your advantage when you build your business to create something truly unique. Also don’t be afraid to reach out to other women in business if you need help or advice - we are all in this together after all!