Tuesday, 16 February 2010

jewellery designer samantha wills

Here's a Tuesday challenge for you. Hop onto Samantha Wills' website and see if you can't find something that you want to buy this minute. I first came across the jewellery a few years ago when we featured Samantha's office in real living magazine. And while I really liked her designs then, I LOVE them now - it's because of the references in her work: places (Morocco), cultures (native Americans), history (Art Deco). And the colours and shapes are amazing. I'm enamoured with Samantha's story too. She's from Port Maquarie, which is a small place on the world stage, but she's made it big, having her designs sold all over the world.

Which five words best describe you? Bohemian, creative, adventurous, down-to-earth, ambitious.
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? I had my own hand beaded jewellery label, ‘Sam-art’, which I sold in my parents boutique in Port Macquarie when I was 11 years old. I feel very blessed to be able to say that… the rest is history!
What’s your proudest achievement? Watching the brand grow internationally. To take the label literally from my own backyard, to the arm, hands and necks of some of the world’s biggest stars is still very surreal to me.
What’s been your best decision? To allow myself to follow my heart and not my head – especially in my biggest career defining moments.
Who inspires you? My business partner, Geoff Bainbridge. While being the most business savvy person I have ever met, it is his ability to interact with people of all ages and from all walks of life that is truly inspiring. He is an amazing individual.
What are you passionate about? Following and fulfilling my dreams, my friendships and making the most of every moment. I have made it my business to not take anything for granted.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? If you can’t be good, be good at it!
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? I would love for my beloved Ga (grandfather) to have met me as the woman I am today. He passed away when I was in high school and I would give anything to have him here today to speak with him, adult to adult.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? To work in an Orangutan Orphanage in Borneo.
What are you reading? Mama Mia by Mia Freedman. I love Mia’s honesty in everything she undertakes. I think the most inspiring people are the people who are most honest.

images courtesy of samantha wills


Exquisite Accessories said...

Its so nice to see Samantha wills doing so well, I remember the artical from the September 2006 issue 12 (just found it) I have all real living magazines apart from missing a few in the early days.
I am glad you posted a bout her as Tiffany farrington & Alex riggs were also featured so going to read again for some inspiration, funny thing though Alex had this labradoodle which made me love that breed & want one, finali 2010 I have my own little puppy :)

unknowntheartist said...

I also remember that article, I kept flipping back to the page that showed Samantha's studio with all the little drawers and reels of string and chain around. It made me really knuckle down and organise my beading supplies. Unfortunately, I have mislaid that mag now but I love Samantha's style.

Darlene Marie said...

we are huge fans of Samantha Wills Jewellery here at stylepalace.com.au - she is an inspiration to all Australia designers and we love her...


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