Yvonne Allen

is creating Handmade, unique wearable art Jewellery and hair accessories

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Thank you and welcome to my Zayunu by Design's Patreon page.  Here you will get to see the behind scenes and inner processes to my work.  Hopefully, you will also get to see what drives my creativity and motivates me to keep on making after so many years.

I have been involved in the Jewellery industry for over 30 years now. Starting at the tender age of 16 I left school with the great desire to become either a Jewellery Designer or a Graphic Designer or ...Jewellery won that race lol.

In 1986, I completed a 2-year foundation Course in Jewellery at The Cass, City of London Polytechnic (now the London Metropolitan University).  I learned the core skills of:
Jewellery Making
Jewellery Design
Diamond Mounting
Silversmith techniques
Engraving and Etching

After studying, I found work in Hatton Gardens for another two years gaining experience with various Jewellery companies, exporters and manufacturers.

I started to concentrate more on my own jewellery designs after the birth of my second son. Experimenting with the techniques from my previous studies alongside my newly acquired bead weaving skills, Zayunu by Design was born.

A chance meeting in Spitalfield Market with the Fashion Editor of a Black UK magazine paved the way for me to launch my brand to the public at the very well established Afro hair and Beauty show. Zayunu was very well received by the public over the course of this event, after which countless promotional opportunities such as magazine features, photography shoots and shows readily presented themselves.

I would later launch my range of unusual Dreadlocks accessories for the first time at Adornment which was the largest natural hair conference in Europe at the time and they were an instant hit.

Then due to fracturing my ankle in two places I stopped attending public events for a period of time. Despite this, I kept designing and creating pieces from my bedroom.

Things changed for me about 5 years ago when I was offered the chance to share a studio.  The move facilitated a lot of positive changes for me and a renewed sense of vitality which showed itself in my work.  The opportunity to teach also presented itself which I grasped with both hands. Despite having initial fears about this new situation I overcame them and pressed forward regardless. My situation changed again and the need to move to my own studio became a necessity rather than a luxury in 2015/16. This is where I found my new base of operations at Warspite road, London.

So...what are my goals and dreams now?
My work has always been a little ahead of its time, some say timeless.  I would like to create wearable art that conveys the emotions of the creator and the wearer, moving into sculptural work and larger installations.  Move to a bigger studio, develop the social media side of the brand a bit more.  Continue to learn new techniques and skills. 

A lot of, if not all of my designs come about through experimentation and combining different materials and techniques.  So although I have over 30 years of experience behind me, I am forever learning and evolving and I don't think that will ever stop. 

This page is my invitation to you to join my continuous journey of creative exploration and see what else is left within me waiting to rise to the surface. What has kept me going for so long is my creative curiosity, my passion and the love and support of those who have follow my works over the years, namely you.

Thank you 
Yvonne x
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When I reach 300 patrons, I can purchase rolling mills and a new drill for the studio. And better materials such as Sterling silver and semi precious stones to work with.
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