For a long time, I’ve wanted to share with you creators, dreamers, and doers who I think you should know. The ones that inspire me and blow me away by their ingenuity and passion. Therefore, I’ve decided to share a series of interviews I’ve done with some free-spirited women with a rad, entrepreneurial dream! I think these women are doing a fantastic job of making things happen.
So with great pleasure, Let me introduce you to the next woman in this series… a calligrapher, an artist, a dear friend, and beautiful soul… Mallory from Castle Paper Co.
What’s your full name?
Hello! My full name is Mallory Christine Overton.
Where did you grow up? Tell a little bit about your history. Where are you from?
I am a Georgia peach in Bostonian’s clothing. My family roots are in the south and I am very proud, but am decidedly a city girl. I have lived in Boston almost continuously since the time I was five, excepting a four-year stint back to Georgia for college.
Did you always have a dream to be an artist?
Haha, not really, actually. I think I always thought it sounded really cool, but I had trouble sticking with one thing for very long. I liked to imagine I could be just about anything.
What did you study in college?
English Lit. I loved it. I love to write, I love stories…and the real fun was getting to discuss the reading with other people…it was like book club! I really miss that.
Do you feel like you enjoyed school?
I feel like I enjoyed aspects of school–namely the social ones, and the note taking because it meant I got to write by hand. School never really became the most natural method to learning for me. Experience has shown that I learn best by doing.
Where do you think your creativity stemmed from? Did you do a lot of arts and crafts growing up? Is your mom or dad really creative?
Both of my parents are really creative; my dad scientifically so, and my mom more aesthetically. They love caring for their home and garden, and they are both really resourceful. I get that from them, and it’s really the brand of creativity I think I have: I can use what I have and make it work. As a kid I liked to make things out of items in our recycling bin, and I also had an early love of photography. And I have always loved paper, and writing by hand, and beautiful things in general…so it’s a nice little mix of all those things.
When did you start your business? Tell me about it?
Officially, I started in November of 2014. It was a long time coming, and a rather slow start–I am not a quick implementer!
Did you have any influences that encouraged you to be an entrepreneur?
Hmm. Well, my in-laws (both of them) are entrepreneurs. They certainly have become resources for me as an entrepreneur. I think what motivates me most is knowing that I can do this work from wherever I am, and work with whoever I want to work with. That really appeals to me. I think people who can work 9-5s should get an award. Seriously. The thought of having one of those jobs has always given me anxious thoughts, ever since I was little. And I can’t imagine feeling settled in one place (right now), so the mobility aspect is hugely appealing to me.
Tell me about a project or accomplishment in your business you consider to be the highlight of your career so far.
Oh boy. For me, right now, it’s the little things. Small victories, like: I ordered business cards that I really, really like! Hey, I went to that networking event that I really didn’t even want to go to! I made something for someone that I love and they love it too! So, yeah…things like that.
What book are you reading right now?
I am in the middle of these three: Do the Kind Thing by Daniel Lubetzky, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
I actually really like to read multiple books at once, because I am a very moody person and so I like to have options that can meet my current mood.
My go-to is Being Boss, by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon. It’s calming, to listen to them. And of course, very insightful and motivating! It’s just been so habitual in the past year that it’s also soothing.
Spotify has ruined me for this. I like all the playlists I listen to?! I used to be really into searching out new artists and building my own playlists of songs I love, before internet radio (haha, I sound like I’m old or something) but now I just click on a playlist that has a cool name or looks pretty. I am also a serial song repeater. Right now, I’ve got Windstorm by School of Seven Bells on repeat.
Describe yourself in three words to people who don’t know you.
I’ve been told I am genuine, approachable, and sweet…but I’m going to switch that last one out for sassy because, I might be sweet but I am equal parts sass.
Can you tell me two things I don’t know about you.
I am drawing a blank on this one!! But this always happens. I generally think of myself as an extremely open person, because I will tell you anything you ask me, but I have a really hard time just, like, remembering non-specific things about myself. Oh! I know: I am a verbal processor. And, I prefer mittens to gloves. And pancakes to waffles. There, now you got three!
Do you feel like your online presentation / branding is a true depiction of yourself?
Yes: in that it is feminine, honest, and evolving.
Who is your role model, and why?
I have so many, but I am going to say Zooey Deschanel right now because not only can the woman dress herself exceptionally well, she can also sing, speak her mind, and be kind. All at the same time.
What’s your favorite business tip someone has ever given you about business/life?
You can’t make everyone happy.
What’s your favorite thing about owning your own company?
I do what I WANT. Just kidding…kind of. Haha.
Can you tell me one BIG goal you have for this year for your business?
I want to host an event or gathering of some kind for people to get together + create + make new friends!
If you were to be a professor of calligraphy – what tip would you tell freshmen?
Watch Molly Jacques’ Intro to Calligraphy on Skillshare. That’s what I did! She’ll tell you what tools to start with. Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe is a great resource as well!
What’s your favorite thing to order for brunch?
I can never resist Eggs Benedict! Hollandaise for days!
I can not thank Mallory enough for opening up and sharing with me (and you all). To see more of her beautiful lettering check out her website here!