You Make Me: hump day happiness

Happy hump day friends!

Another Wednesday has arrived which can only means two things:

  1. We are two sleeps away from that Friday feeling y’all
  2. It’s time to say HELLO to another creator in our #humpdayhappiness series

Today’s artist’s shop is full of retro snack and rainbow inspired items. YEEES! I do not even know what my favourite thing in her shop is. I love her monster crunch necklace (scroll down), this bubblegum print and this baked beanz pillow. Since writing up this interview I have had to buy so many packets of a certain monster themed crisp (why are they so addictive). Anyway, before I disappear down a snack-filled rabbit hole, I will hand you over to the lovely Emily from You Make Me:

  1. Who are you and what do you do?


My name is Emily and I run You Make Me from my studio at the seaside, single-handedly and full time!

  1. How/where/why did You Make Me begin?

YMM started after my OH and I bought a laser cutting machine and decided to open a bricks-and-mortar shop which offered a bespoke laser cutting service alongside customised gifts. However, I grew increasingly frustrated at not being able to express my own style so much in the products I was making and decided to set up my own brand!
  1. What inspires your designs?


My main inspiration is 50s, 60s, 70s (and to a lesser extent 80s) design. I love the fashions, graphics, home decor, toys, adverts, you name it! I really do feel like I was born in the wrong decade! I studied history at uni and started out my professional career as a museum curator so I guess it’s safe to say I have always been interested in old stuff.

  1. Who inspires you?

I also love fun, novelty designs so am inspired by the likes of Moschino, Charlotte Olympia, Kate Spade, Betsey Johnson, Lazy Oaf, to name but a few. You can then imagine my excitement when I was contacted by Charlotte Dellal (Olympia) personally last Christmas to make some custom brooches for a private party! Talk about star struck!!
  1. What tools do you use to create your designs?

tassel necklace

I use my laser cutter a lot! Aside from that I use my hands (they are a tool, right?) to draw my initial designs then I finish them off in Illustrator and make files to send to the laser cutter or wherever else, depending on the item, sometimes it’s to an outside printer to get fabric digitally printed or a pin manufacturer to make my enamel pins. If I can do it myself in my studio I will do, so I print all my own art prints on my Epsom SC-P600 printer, which I’d highly recommend by the way!

  1. What is your favourite item to make?


My favourite item to make right now is probably my ‘Monster Crunch’ statement necklace (its my take on Monster Munch crisps, for those of you who haven’t seen it!) The pieces really do resemble crisps so its always fun to laser cut them and link them together!

  1. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?


My OH is big on motivational sayings, so it would probably be a mash up of lots of them! Basically, never give up on your dream, you’ll never get there if you don’t ever try.

Who’s on a rainbow high after today’s beautiful colours?! I love following Emily’s Instagram. Not only is it perfect for a rainbow fix BUT she is also the mama of a rescued Rottie like myself. I love seeing Buddy’s handsome face pop up on my Instagram feed. I always wish that Incs and Buddy could meet up for a hot Rottie date, haha. Is there such thing as a crazy dog lady?

Anyway, if you would like to take a closer look at Emily’s wonderful creations, you can find her by clicking on the links below:

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