Sunday, 14 October 2012

profile thea & sami - thea samios.

thea samios of thea & sami
Six years ago Thea Samios launched Thea & Sami a Brisbane based printing studio specialising in beautiful designs and hand-print natural linen fabrics for the home. Drawing inspiration from nature, birds and blooms feature heavily. As well as an arrary of fabrics and homewares Thea & Sami also produce custom-printed napkins and tableware for special events and run screen-printing workshops which showcase different ways to design and print onto fabric. The final class for 2012 is being held on October 23rd. There are only limited places so you need to get in quick. Find the details here.

How would you describe yourself?
Workaholic, optimistic, persistent, resilient, delusional

What was your childhood dream?
I wanted to be a school teacher but I wasn’t aware of many career choices back then.

What led you down your current path?
I was working as an admin assistant in a mining engineering company in Toronto, Canada but decided to leave once the company starting laying off colleagues. I went to college as a mature-age student to study Craft & Design. The plan was to major in Furniture Design. However, it turned out that I was better suited to the Textiles studio rather than the Woodworking studio. That table saw was rather scarey!

What do you love most about what you do?
I enjoy the variety of my week. One day, I could be screen-printing and the next day I may be photographing new products to add to the website. 

Where do feel most inspired?
I feel most inspired when I can have a break and can get away from the studio and work. I love visiting country towns, gardens, the ocean and interesting indie shops.

Who do you admire?
Nobody in particular but I do admire strong, independent women who can successfully juggle family and career, many of whom are personal friends.

What challenges have you had to overcome?
Building a business from the ground up with no experience and finding the suppliers that have helped me develop the natural products that I love.

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
Reading a three page editorial of myself in one of my favourite home magazines earlier this year.

What are your top creative resources?
Gardens, magazines, blogs, books.

What is your idea of happiness?
Spending time with family and good friends. Is there anything better? 
Work wise, my heart sings when I receive an email from a happy customer telling me how much they love our products and knowing that they are enjoying them in their homes.

What's next?
We have just started screen-printing on upholstery weight natural linen so are having a range of ottomans made as well as vintage chairs reupholstered with our designs.

When the weekend rolls around what do you:
love to - have some me-time so start the weekend with a Pilates class. I try to find time to work to work on personal decorating projects and love having Sunday breakfast with my husband in one of Brisbane’s great cafes.
Read – I love biographies.
Watch - I’m fascinated by ghost stories so am hooked on shows such as “Celebrity Ghost Stories” lately.
Cook - I’m actually a great cook but don’t enjoy cooking elaborate meals unless I’m rested. Usually on holidays!
Create - Working on decorating our bedroom right now
Dream about - Travelling with my husband, it’s been difficult to get away the last few years.
Look forward to - An overseas holiday next year, new designs and exhibiting at an interior design trade show in February..