It’s all about the hand-made at Libi Geddes’ new store Springboard in Eastsound.
“I was looking for items that were made sustainably and ethically and supported artists,” she said. “We live in a mass-produced world.”
Geddes, pictured at right, met every designer before carrying their goods in her store. It’s also a venue for her print work and her husband Thomas Leonard’s blacksmith creations.
Geddes designs pieces using an old printing press. She originally attended design school in the Bay Area. For the past 10 years, Geddes has been the manager of Roses Bakery Cafe. She left her position in October and has spent the past six months finding the perfect wares to fill her shop.
She sought out small, independent craftspeople who make such items as jewelry, perfume, candles, soap and textiles.
Around half a dozen local artists are represented in Springboard and more are coming. The rest of her inventory is hand-made from businesses in Seattle and as far away as India.
Geddes’ aunt Rachel Henderson owns the store Kizmet up the street from Springboard. The two traveled to India and Thailand this winter along with Rachel’s son Aleph, who owns the shop Moksha in the University District in Seattle. Geddes’ mom also has ties to Asia: as a clothing designer, she traveled to and from the country for 30 years.
“My mom, Aleph and Rachel all have connections there and they helped me meet people,” she said.
Geddes says she’s careful to have a separate identity from her aunt’s store that features jewelry and art from Asia.
“Springboard has hand-made items of beauty and utility from local artists as well as from around the world,” she said.
Geddes says her 15-year-old daughter Claire Orser will be her number one employee this summer. Her son Alex Zderic is currently at college. The shop, located at 65 North Beach Road (next to the chamber of commerce) is open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Tuesday.
Geddes says the name of her new endeavor is inspired by her husband’s business that is named Pickett Spring and by the meaning of the word “Springboard.”
“It has momentum,” she said. “We can be a catalyst, a springboard for local artists. And the old letter press has a spring action.”