Meet the Maker: Bec Grayling Owner of Seed and Ink
Team Buy Aussie Now
This story was written by several Buy Aussie Now team members.
Seed and Ink was created from one little idea, one quiet night, by one new mum, who needed to keep her brain active.
As a graphic designer and lover of beautiful cards and stationery, Bec disliked seeing the wedding invites and celebration cards that she received ending up in the bin (or the bottom of 'that' drawer), with such carefully selected designs, forgotten and wasted. Bec wondered if there was a more eco-friendly option and from that sparked the idea of Seed and Ink.
We caught up with Owner of Seed and Ink, Bec Grayling, to find out more.
What inspires you? I’m inspired by other makers and artists across Australia and overseas. There is some amazing talent out there (some of which I wish I had) and I love seeing the beautiful things that are created. I’m constantly scrolling through Insta and Pinterest and coming across so much great work. As a designer, I’m a bit of a perfectionist and that drives my work ethic. I want to do the very best and not look back and wish I’d done more. It’s a blessing and a curse, it pushes me to be better but also means I spend waaaaay to much time making sure everything is perfect.
What are the benefits of manufacturing locally? Producing products that are Australian made means you’re supporting other Australians. You’re supporting families, communities, local businesses. You’re supporting passions and dreams and I think that’s something to be proud of.
What makes the Australian consumer unique? I think Australian like supporting other Australians. They like knowing who their purchases are supporting and where their products are made. They like knowing the people behind the business, seeing the behind the scenes action and knowing their story, why they love what they do. I think that awareness is a great assess to Australian consumers and businesses and something that makes our consumers unique.
What is the best business advice you have ever received? You can’t wait for the perfect moment, it’s best to just jump in headfirst and do it. You’ll learn as you go and grow as your business does. And no one’s going to be a bigger critic than yourself.
What are some of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in business?
Time! I have a toddler and a part-time job. So between those, chores, home improvements and family time, it a battle to find time for my business. But you find the time because you love it and you want it to succeed.
What has been your positive takeaway from the COVID-19 pandemic? We are stronger than we give ourselves credit for. Yes, it’s been tough, but Australians have rallied, especially around small businesses and I think that’s something incredible.
Favourite Australian film quote?
Anything from Bluey, it’s just too good.
Which classic Aussie song would you perform at karaoke? Khe Sanh - Cold Chisel (only because my husband has played it on repeat so many times that I know all the words.)
Check out Seed and Ink for eco-friendly, plantable seeded cards and stationery that are 100% Australian designed and made.