It's a lovely insight in to behind the scenes at Yellowstone so I hope you enjoy the little interview-
I am lucky enough to say that I've been involved with Yellowstone since it's inception in 2010. Previous to opening the doors in March 2011 I enjoyed many trips around the country with Hannah finding beautiful work to stock & meeting the artists, we met a lot of kindred spirits. It's been an exciting 6 years seeing the business grow & develop and as Hannah is my daughter I've had growing pride seeing her manage to juggle all the plates necessary to keep everything going. My role within the business has lessoned as Hannah has been able to take on more staff and we have become a solid team all with definite strengths.
What do you do besides working at Yellowstone?
When not working for YS I still enjoy creative tasks and always have sewing & knitting projects on the go and over the last 6 months have had a great time remodelling our new home and decorating and dressing it. I am quite a laid back person but after taking up yoga nearly a year ago I think I can safely say I'm even more so! I also love cooking & now I've finally got my dream kitchen I'm looking forward to putting my new cooker through its paces.
What is your favourite item at Yellowstone?
It's so difficult to choose and I have lots of Yellowstone work in my home! At the moment I love Eloise Renouf's prints because her colour palette's and simplistic style is right up my street. I have a few of her prints in my bedroom in the colours below and they're so stylish whilst remaining accessible and easy to enjoy. We met Eloise's husband (Patrick) years ago when he worked as a rep for one of our other designs and he used to talk about his talented wife so it's lovely that we now stock her work.
I see my role now very much as support & I am still in the shop each week but for less time and sew all the bags & cushions from the beautiful YS fabric that Hannah designs. When we are developing new designs I enjoy working with Hannah to work on the pattern repeats & sizing. I will be spending a lot of time in the coming weeks sewing to replenish the stocks after the Christmas rush.
What is your favourite time of year working at Yellowstone?
There have been exciting times in YS, one that springs to mind is a couple of years ago on a summers day at 5.45 (15 minutes after we should have closed) an American chap came in and did a very quick tour around the shop then said I'll take that, that, that, that & that!!! He cleared us out of our biggest originals in one fell swoop & left his credit card & went for a walk while I packed them. On his return he said he appreciated the originality of the shop and loved the opportunity to buy emerging artists work.
(*Edit- Said American came back in to the shop on Tuesday! He told us he's decorated his whole beach house around one of Hannah's screenprints. It's lovely that customers who visit seek us out on return journeys. If you're reading- Hi Michael !!)
and finally, Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I think I've got a good sense of humour and enjoy seeing live comedy acts & love going comedy festivals. You really can't beat a good laugh!!!