Handsome Things chatted to Samantha Strydom about her brooches, inspiration and the things she loves.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I love design, art, illustration, colours, patterns, pretty things, nature, knitting, painting, films, photography, animals, folk music, ballet, running, yoga, traveling and food.
I studied fine art at the University of Witwatersrand and majored in video art.
I work in the world of advertising as an art director at Ogilvy & Mather, Johannesburg where I work with the most amazing and inspirational people ever.
How did this side project get started?
I am a creative to the core. I am so happy when ever I am making something especially if it is something beautiful. I run a little business called Sam Bear Things where I make jewellery, do illustrations and knit dreamy bear hats for adults and kids. It started a few months ago when I realised I hadn’t made any art since I’d finished studying and that made me really sad. So I decided that had to change and I gave myself a long-term goal to be continuously creating something. I started making brooches and pendants from clay and painting them. They have become my tiny canvases that I can fill with anything I want to and that makes me really happy.
Local creatives/makers you admire?
A few local people who I admire are Dear Rae jewellery, Skinny laMinx and Skermunkil.