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Conversations with the Inspiring Becky Pollard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Becky Pollard.

Becky, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve needed a creative outlet for as long as I can remember. School and homework felt long and tedious to me, but time would fly when I was given something to create. My interests varied from painting, photography, jewelry making, and fiber arts.

Fast forward a few years, and I now work full time as an interior designer. While being a designer is still a creative job, I missed the joy I felt while creating other visual art. My preferred mediums have changed slightly over time, but the act of creating has remained constant. I created seven | sixteen as a celebration of my love to create and to share my point of view with the world.

seven | sixteen focuses on fiber art and textiles for the home. I create woven tapestries, hand-dyed fiber wall hangings, as well as hand-dyed and painted throw pillows. I’ve recently expanded the line to include fiber jewelry as well. I look forward to seeing where my creativity takes me from here!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Ask anyone who is close to me, and you will hear similar stories — I’m too hard on myself, I work too hard, I never feel like my accomplishments are good enough. I’m still working on learning how to celebrate my victories and let myself rest. Success is never a straight path, though we all wish it were! I definitely haven’t found “it”, but I constantly remind myself that success is relative. Celebrate YOUR successes, don’t diminish them by comparing them to someone else’s. Trust in the process and know you are where you are meant to be at this moment.

What should we know about seven | sixteen? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in woven tapestries and hand-dyed textiles for the home. I am most proud of pushing myself to do things when I don’t feel ready. I definitely wasn’t ready to launch my own website, but I pushed myself to learn about it and most importantly, hit publish!

I work hard and don’t give up.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Find people who you admire and don’t be afraid to reach out! Everyone remembers what it was like feeling alone and unsure, so they are always willing to give advice. It may feel scary and vulnerable to ask questions or ask someone to meet you for coffee, but it’s worth it. Stay humble and know you don’t know everything. It’s ok to ask for help.

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Image Credit:
Amanda Gann, little bird creative co.

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