i. I work as a:
Designer/maker under the name Billy Would Designs.
ii. I do this creative work because:
I love it! Getting to create your own designs and be in control of all aspects of the process is incredible.
iii. Personal qualities that help me in my work are:
Creativity, flexibility, community connections/networking and work ethic.
iv. The greatest challenges around doing this work are:
Always hustling and planning for next year. Making and designing are just one part – sales, marketing, shows, hiring… making sure to find a balance with all aspects of the business is challenging.
v. Creative childhood hobbies
I’m incredibly lucky to come from a loving and creative family. Both my parents were artists and always made it a priority. I grew up in the country with no TV, a party line and lots of art supplies. Being the oldest of 6, we would regularly put on plays or performances, spending hours planning and creating props. We were always painting, drawing, wood carving, playing music, baking… I feel like it really cemented a way of life rather than love of art.
vi. Other creators who inspire you:
Vancouver is full of amazing and supportive people, being part of the artist community for 10+ years I’ve gotten to meet and learn from so many of them. It really is the greatest resource. I organize a fun art collective as well, a supportive and inspiring crew that has become a great sounding board for new ideas.
vii. Training that has helped me succeed in this career:
Because I’m self taught, over the years I’ve learned by doing and asking for help. Friends who are wood workers, graphic designers and photographers have all taught me skills that have helped me get where I am today.
viii. The biggest myth about this type of work is:
That its easy. It’s fun and I love it but it’s definitely not easy.
ix. Some proud career moments…
-Seeing people out and about wearing Billy Would.
-Interviews by the CBC
-Freedom to donate and be involved in different charities/fundraisers
-Inspiring others to reuse or donate wood offcuts and broken skateboards.
x. If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you…
Look for something that isn’t being offered or made. Be different.
xi. A professional goal I have for the future:
Gain retailers outside of Canada.
xii. If you want to see my work, go to:
-North Shore Art Crawl (#30 in the guide) March 10-11th
-First Pick Handmade March 17-18th
For a list of retailers and online: