Fashion Profile: Yvonne Sturgeon
Tell me about yourself and Wandering Y Designs. How did you come about starting Wandering Y Designs?
Growing up in West Virginia, I was known to be a bit of a wild child. With 200 acres of horse farm to ride around on, it was hard knowing where you might find me.
Having always been a free spirit when it came to fashion, the idea for making my own pieces arose simply out of that wanderlust spirit. Never finding quite what I was looking for, the work ethic I was raised with kicked in gear and I decided to just start making things myself. When people started wanting to buy right off the street from me, I knew I was on to something.
Finding that one special piece to work with, or taking something old and making it new again–knowing that someone will truly have a one-of-a-kind piece–is the intention behind everything I design.
Where do you find inspirations for your products?
I really have always been fascinated by world cultures. I began studying them in high school (on my own), and from there took several classes in college. Learning not only how other people live but their inherent belief structure- their morals, even- and how they adorn themselves I find quite inspiring. There is a link binding us as human beings, but the evolution of self-expression has always been directly tied to a society and its culture. My own evolution, really, is to continue to learn and be inspired to create pieces that embrace that world spirit.
Any future plans you can reveal?
I will be heading out on a cross-country road trip this summer in search of lost treasure to integrate into new designs (and visit family back east), and I will be in Turkey and Greece next spring. I have a friend in Istanbul who I cannot wait to visit- he knows one of the premier jewelry designers in the world who lives there and I will be visiting his studio!!
*Also I have begun to work with vintage textiles and leather; hand making bags, clutches, and pillows. Each of them is oak, and I am learning some leather dying techniques for some of my ideas to come to life!
Editor Note: I met Yvonne at Sourced Collective recently. She's a great lady with a great spirit and I'm glad I had the pleasure to meet her.