Dropped In: Samantha Draper
Samantha Draper is a local artist who makes quite unique art pieces by combining the fluidity of resin, pigments, acrylic paints and inks to create one-off individual pieces. She is also a friend and collaborator of Stir.
Q1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m a resin and fluid artist based in Canberra. Also a dance music enthusiast.
Q2. Tell us about your project and what inspired you to get started.
I create wall art and home décor pieces by using epoxy resin. I use a mixture of colour pigments, dyes, acrylic paints and inks to create unique and one-off pieces.
I always enjoyed drawing and being artistic when I was younger but always felt like I wasn’t very good at it as I didn’t have much confidence in myself. My inspiration to start working with resin as a medium came to me pretty randomly actually. I got inspired by the album art one of my favourite Australian album’s ‘Bloom’ by Rüfüs. The album was sitting in my car for a couple of months and I fell in love with the album artwork. I did a whole lot of digging on the internet and I discovered Australian abstract artist Jack Vanzet, he has created a lot of bright abstract cover art and his work just blew my mind – it made me want to try something new and start experimenting. A few days later I was stocking up on paints and resin from the art shop, I had no idea what I was doing but I gave it a go and little did I know this was the beginning of something bigger than what I could have expected.
I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by super supportive people both at home and at CBR Innovation Network. The Stir Crew were nice enough to give me a go and let me showcase some of my first pieces at StirXP this year. I got some really great feedback and this helped build up my confidence – I’ve now had my work in the exhibition and for sale at Honkytonks since July. It’s been challenging and at times stressful but also super rewarding. It is a pretty amazing feeling creating something and for someone to then think it’s good enough to be displayed in their space, offices and their own home.
My favourite part of creating these pieces is that I’ve found they mean something different to each person I’ve shown. By using different colours and textures it ties people back to their own memories. I’ve been told certain pieces remind people of being at the beach, places they have travelled or a certain point in their life. It’s pretty special thing!
Q3. Where do you go to get inspired?
Where ever I can see inspiring art. Sometimes seeing a good exhibition, an artist’s Instagram feed, reading an article, even listening to music or watching a movie can have a great impact. A lot of the concepts are inspired by my love of colour and movement. I get inspired by a lot the artists I follow on Instagram. I follow a lot of painters, designers and illustrators – there’s a pretty amazing community of creatives on the social media platform. Seeing other people’s work gives ideas and motivates me to experiment.
Q4. What piece of work are you most proud of?
I’m super proud to have some of my work used for the 2017/2018 Summer of Stir advertising materials. I still get so excited when I see my artwork and name on something! Even my Grandma was pretty proud of my collaboration with Stir, she showed all her friends.
Q5. What advice would you give to someone starting a creative career?
Don’t be afraid or discouraged to try new things, get experimental and put yourself out there. Let your creative side out.
Q6. Where can people find out more about your project?
I don’t have a website yet but you can follow me on Instagram if you want to see more of my artwork @sj.draper or just drop into Honkytonks in Garema place!
This is part of our Dropped In interview series, if you would like to be apart of this series please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for more from this series!