Today I am thrilled to spotlight 0n Hannah Storey of Yellowstone Paperworks who designs contemporary and unique stationery for every kind of wedding and special occasion.
With a First Class Honours in Fine Art under her belt and over four years industry experience her thriving Business currently based in Staffordshire.
I had a wee chat to Hannah to find out more…
Who are you and what do you do?
“I’m Hannah Stoney and I run Yellowstone PaperWorks which is a Wedding Stationery Design business.”
“I am a watercolour painter and work with couples to create bespoke invitations to represent their fun Weddings.”
When and why did you start your company?
“Well it wasn’t actually a conscious decision so I can’t really answer that question!”
“I run a store in Staffordshire called Yellowstone Art Boutique which sells work by British designer/makers.”
“I sell lots of my own work there, and over the years, customers began to approach me about designing stationery for their Weddings.”
“I loved what they had planned so was thrilled to be involved. After the first, people just kept enquiring and I kept saying yes!”
“Lots of people start designing Wedding Stationery after designing their own but I’m not married so I think I look at it from an artists point of view rather than a ‘bridal’ point of view.”
“I think it gives me a fresh perspective and I like that I don’t know much about the Wedding Industry.”
“I’ve now done around 11 Weddings and finally launched a website to show people what I’ve been up to as well as having the shop and making my artwork.”
“The feedback has been amazing so far and I’ve got lots of exciting couples booked in for 2015 and 2016. I feel like fresh meat on the Wedding scene now so…wish me luck.”
What inspires you?
“My clients. I LOVE meeting them and finding out about them as a couple and what they have planned for their day.”
“My work usually reflects the vibe or ‘look’ they are going for so they totally inspire the whole process.”
Do trends influence your work?
“I’m fairly unaware of trends in the Wedding Industry but I’m obviously immersed into the art and design world every day so I’d say that styles and trends probably do influence me more than I realise.”
“I do try to reflect the couples rather than what’s on trend though, which means that I am creating fresh content for every Wedding.”
“I worked with a couple who got married in Vegas and wanted a very simplified design which was very different to what I’d done before.”
“I loved the challenge though and each pair of newlyweds makes me look at designing in a different way. Some of them are so amazing that I get sad when their Weddings are over!”
What is your greatest achievement?
“I feel very proud to have worked hard to keep all strands of my career running side by side.”
“Opening my shop at 22 seemed normal at the time but looking back it was such an achievement.”
“Four years on, I feel glad to manage to keep designing as well as running the business.”
“It keeps me sane to multitask. I think it balances out my brain! I think for my age, I have done a lot.”
“But I’m always striving to be better so who knows what’ll be next.”
“I feel like the Wedding Stationery design really fits with me perfectly though because I love working directly with clients to create. I have a feeling I’ll be doing this for a good while yet.”
What do you see as the future of your company?
“I’d love to have a shop big enough to have a Wedding Design Studio in the back of it so I can really combine my businesses.”
“I feel like they really feed in to each other and I’d love the brand of Yellowstone to be known for all aspects of art and design.”
Thank you so much to Hannah for sharing her beautiful designs on the Blog.
I love how each invitation is like the couples own individual watercolour painting, and each one sent is like the gift of art to the guests, just amazing.
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All images courtesy of Hollybooth Photography