Introduce us to you and your brand!
Hi, I’m Yvonne, the maker behind mallow.and.teal. I started making earrings while on maternity leave from my job as a research scientist in Jan 2021. I instantly fell in love with the ability to tap into my unique style and love of colour and art, to create one of a kind handmade jewellery and accessories. I mainly work with polymer clay and resin as they make comfortable lightweight pieces, ideal for sensitive ears
I’ve really found a love in creating really detailed images out of clay for my earrings and this has made my pieces stand out from other clay makers. To do this, I make polymer clay “canes” which are similar to a stick of rock you’d buy at the seaside where the image travels all the way through the centre. My Instagram has some videos of my making process and I think it really helps to show the craftsmanship involved in my pieces
What are your main inspirations?
I’m inspired by trips to modern art galleries, nature, fashion and objects I have in my home that speak to my personal taste. I’m always drawn to lovely shades of pink and teal together which led to my brand name
My stud pack earrings are always my best seller. I think they make a lovely gift and they’re really good value for the work involved in creating them. They add a little pop of colour and personality and you have a few different earring options to choose from each day
At a Xmas market, I noticed that some younger girls who didn’t have their ears pierced were really enthusiastic about my earrings. I have a 5 year old daughter and often make accessories for her so I recently developed a gift set which includes a pair of earrings for mum and a matching hair clip or clip-on earrings for her daughter. Little girls love to copy their “mammy” so I’m proud to have a product available to create these happy moments.
I balance my earring business alongside being a mum of 2 and also a day job as a research scientist, so time management is my biggest challenge. I have lots of exciting ideas for my small business but I need to go at a slightly slower pace than I’d like. The phrase “you can do anything, but not everything” is something I come back to a lot.
Thank you to Yvonne for sharing her story with us on our Meet The Maker blog feature. You can find her jewellery at our Edinburgh, George Street shop