I'm Becca- I'm a calligraphy "do-er" and teacher from Ottawa, Canada. I play lots of hockey and wear lots of plaid (making me the classic Canadian stereotype), I am obsessed with ice cream for breakfast and love a mean Dad joke. I have been doing calligraphy for about 3 years, and it has absolutely rocked my world in ways I never thought were possible- allowing me to quit my day job and travel the world!
What makes you stand out in the maker community?
What makes me stand out in the maker community is my passion for TEACHING. I try to make everything I do as helpful to others as possible- showing my process, explaining as I go, and using my mistakes as learning and teaching opportunities. I am really, really passionate about spreading creativity and showing people that they CAN be creative, even if they think they're not. So teaching has become a huge part of my life.
Tell us about your work and the projects you are currently working on.
Right now, my biggest focus is on collaborating with other artists and entrepreneurs in my space! I've recently started a weekly series where I'm hosting live interviews/Q&A's on a ton of different topics- some art focused, and some small business focused. I am absolutely loving connecting with other entrepreneurs and makers, and introducing my audience to people they may not have heard of before, but who have amazing skills to teach and spread. I have actually had a number of interviews with other entrepreneurs I've met directly from RTS! (The live interviews so far can be found at www.thehappyevercrafter.tv) I'm also currently working on refining my offerings and making things run smoother behind the scenes, including moving my online courses onto a new platform and re-filming video content to be easier to understand. I'm always working on new topics for calligraphy & art tutorials and courses/blog posts/Instagram videos/YouTube videos, as well as coming up with new offerings for in-person workshops in Ottawa and surrounding area! And lastly, I'm (lowkey, top-secretly) working on plans for my next long term tour- and this time, rather than only hosting meetups throughout the world, I'm going to try to actually teach workshops! :)
Who is your favorite contemporary artist or maker?
Oh man, there are SO many! I really admire Jenna Rainey of Monvoir Co. She is an amazing artist as well as an inspiring entrepreneur, and someone who is very transparent online which I think is extremely important these days.
What inspired you to become a maker?
My parents. Both of my parents are creative people, though they both held jobs in the tech industry for 30+ years. I was inspired by seeing them, throughout my life, exploring creative play as a hobby- my Mom as a painter, and my Dad as a woodworker who also dabbled in just about any creative hobby you could imagine. They both taught me the importance of creativity on top of the pragmatism and hard work to create a well rounded lifestyle.