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Samantha Clark of Hey Stella

Samantha Clark

Hey Stella! /

What is your professional or training background?
Trained in Interior Design, art was always going to be part of my career, but after studying Small Business Management Hey Stella! was born and art and design became my life.
What do you make, create or do?
I paint, draw, rub, stick, assemble, scratch back and paint over – mostly on canvas or paper, sometimes on furniture or found objects. Whatever I do there is a richness of colour and texture and always a story in there somewhere. I create art that is never boring. I then find creative ways of displaying art within an interior environment or creating an environement that is an artwor within itself.

What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time? I hope to one day win a big art prize; write a book; open a homewares store stocking my own line of designs; style for magazines; and I would love, love, love to work with some of Australia’s best stylists like Sibella Court. Watch this space!

What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
Having previously grown several micro businesses into successful medium sized businesses combined with a good head for communication and sheer determination, I’m hopeful I will achieve everything on my career wish list. More experience with styling and bit of decent exposure would go a long way in boosting my confidence as well. I would jump at the chance to work under someone’s wing and prove myself. I think with a bit of backing I would be unstoppable!

List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
1. I am envious of the life and style of the stunning Sibella Court! Her work – be it her shop, her books, her designs – never cease to amaze and delight. She is somewhat of a superwoman in my eyes.

2. Jamie Durie’s drive and vision has taken him so far and I love that he really just sticks to what he knows and to his Aussie roots – it has worked so well for him and I’m sure he’s a pretty happy guy for it too. He is one of those people that makes me proud to be Australian!
3. The high-key colouring and bold brushstrokes of artist David Bromley’s work says ‘play’ to me in every sense, and I really admire his obvious playful spirit. I love the direction he has taken with the Capocchi collaboration too – I am adamant about owning one of those carved French chairs one day!!
4. Jewellery designer to the stars, Samantha Wills, not only shares my name but hails from the same town – beautiful Port Macquarie! I’ve read and heard her story and she simply put one foot in front of the other toward her dreams. She is talented, inspiring and totally motivating for small town creative’s everywhere!
5. Quirky designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales of Romance Was Born are the ultimate fearless leaders. I admire their unique creativity and integrity to all things crafty. Their designs demand attention and I hope that to be true of my work too. Just when the mainstream threatens to conform me, Romance was Born pushes me to stick to my instincts and throw caution to the wind! I love it!
Contact Sam via sam/at/

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One Response to Samantha Clark of Hey Stella

  1. Sam says:

    Thank you CWC!