Women Who Create / Beki Gowing

This fortnight we are excited to have Beki Gowing of Print & Press London sharing her business wisdom with the WWC community! I dare you not to be dazzled by this ladies gorgeously colourful print rages and inspired by the companies environmental stance to fashion and textiles print design.

Tell us a little about your background...

I’m a printed textiles designer and ex-John Lewis buyer based in London. I started the digital fabric printing company Print & Press, London in 2016 to help designers and creative businesses print their own beautiful unique fabrics, and I run business start up and craft workshops in London and Kent.

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Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy? 

Keep a tidy desk, do one thing at a time (properly and with my full attention), don’t work in a bubble - get out and meet/talk to people, don’t overthink/over plan - just get on with it!

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What two things can't you live without?

Trello - it’s become an organisational lifesaver and helps me manage all of my different spinning plates.

A cold glass of white wine - nothing else says well done at the end of a long day as much as sitting in the garden with a glass of wine!

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Other designers’ work on Instagram and Pinterest, I have a private board I use whenever I feel a bit stuck that always inspires me with their amazing work.

What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?

Making something new, whether it’s an idea that solves a problem or an object that you can hold, creatives make things that wouldn’t exist without them.

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If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?

I love the textile designer Cassie Byrnes’ work for her use of composition and gorgeous hand painted style.

Do you have a  favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

I start all of my work with a bog standard automatic pencil, I have to be able to scribble and draw things out to fully understand them.

What is the best thing about running your working for yourself?

No red tape. After working for a corporation, it was so refreshing to work for myself and be able to do what I want, when I want to.

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What is the hardest thing?

Finding a structure. There’s always 20 urgent things that need to be done, and for the first few months I felt like a headless chicken. Batching my tasks and creating a structure for my week and made running the business much simpler.

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Oddly enough it’s when I’ve inspired other people to be creative. Feedback from someone I’ve collaborated with or who has written a guest blog, saying my encouragement has helped them try something new is amazing. And I love running workshops, and seeing students who started the class feeling nervous finish knowing they have a new skill.

What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey

Keep talking to people. Getting outside of your head and talking to other people, getting feedback, fresh ideas, or just talking about something completely different and remembering there is life outside of your business will put everything in perspective and make it seem more manageable.

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You must follow Beki over on IG here for daiy doses of colourful inspiration, products and interviews with designers!

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