Hello! I'm Claire Walker, an artist and crafter living in Cape Town, South Africa.
Younghearts was born of my fascination with old books, my love of colour, and my nostalgia for the innocence and wonder of childhood. I wanted to share the beauty that I found within the dusty, discarded books, bits and bobs I had collected, and so, using re-purposed materials, I began making garlands and mobiles for children - little treasures for little people.
Since I opened my shop, my range has grown, and now includes the hot air balloon range I designed in 2012, and the butterfly mobiles I designed in 2013. My work is continually evolving, and I have some very exciting projects under way.
As Younghearts grows so does the team of women who are helping me with my work: it gives me a great sense of pride that my business is able to help support the livelihood of these women. Eventually I hope to expand my team of enthusiastic and passionate people so that I can focus on designing more unique, whimsical goodies - expressing some of the magic that flies around my head. My aim is to, in my own small way, stimulate and nurture young hearts.
Everything in my shop is hand-made with great care and attention to detail. I am passionate about developing my brand, down to the last detail: that means that I will not compromise on quality (from production, delivery, to after sales service), so you can rest assured that any item you purchase from my shop will be carefully crafted, beautifully packaged, and well worth the price tag.
So, if for whatever reason you are not entirely happy with your purchase please contact me directly, and I will do everything in my power to make your experience with my shop a positive one.
I also have an Etsy shop that sells delightful vintage prints, and I create mixed media works from vintage books - see the links below.
With every purchase you are helping me to provide for my two young daughters, and to demonstrate to them that yes, you can spend your life doing what you love. I appreciate that more than I could ever express – thank you!