Thanks for popping in. Well today I get to spend the day with our Sam AND our Lucy.
SAM – You’ll be familiar with that name. Been on the Clarity Design team for many years.
LUCY is one of our super talented inhouse graphic artists, who took Sam’s sketches and ideas, and turned them into stamp and stencil designs for us. I brought her up to the TV studios for a jolly, so she can see what goes on behind the scenes…
Very, very early here in the hotel, all is quiet. But I won’t have time to blog later – I’ll be hopping about the studio! It’s Sam’s first time on TV, so as you can imagine, she’s pretty stoked! 8am very early start, too! Now I happen to know that Sam is a right old night owl. She comes to life at around midnight! So getting her up at 5am in a while, to get to the studios for 6am (2 hours before the live show) will be interesting!
I do hope you tune in to watch and cheer. She has been planning these demos for weeks!! All her own concept too.
Friday’s blog a private peek, right? Sam and I have been friends for years. She is a bright and beautiful woman. Super sensitive soul, great energy, mad sense of humour. What’s not to love?!
She is one of the most creative people I know. If you listen carefully, You can hear her head whirring – it never stops. Messy pup though. You always know where Sam was sat at the Open Day Demo – the black tablecloth where she was is always COVERED in PAINT!!! When we get the black tablecloth out for the next Open Day, you can easily spot Sam’s last performance and which colours she used!
She is a good woman. You know, one of those people who just exudes goodness. Makes a mean cuppa, too.
She has a very strong Geordie dialect , so I’m hoping she slows down enough for us to understand her !!! But actually, that’s all part of the arty magic that is Sam Crowe.
When I first met Sam, I remember her saying to me that she wanted to learn how to be a Mixed Media Artist. She signed up for workshops everywhere, learned the roped from experts. She called it her own University course of art. Much as you may think she is a scatty blonde ( and she can be for sure ) she is actually very deep and determined. Like me, she hadn’t been to art college, and with teenage kids at home, she was never likely to. So she beavered away at the skills, figuring out what worked and what didn’t. Her art went from strength to strength.
Last year, we spoke about her taking the next step, about designing her own range and presenting it herself on TV. She didn’t flinch. Yep. She was ready. I invited her down to Kent for a week, to record a series of Youtubes. For me personally, youtubing is more strenuous than live TV, because you don’t have a presenter to lean on. She did a great job. Ticked that box, too.
So this morning (I shall go and knock her up in a minute), it is the big day. The culmination of years of work. Years. I for one am so proud of her I could cry. And I bet her sisters, her kids, her Dad and her Paul are, too.
Live Art TV is no mean feat. Ask Paul, ask Maria, ask me! You get used to it for sure. But you NEVER forget your first show. I remember mine was a Thursday morning in May on C&C many years ago, with Martin. Stock flew out, and I was terrified.
Sam Crowe showcasing a set of formidable mixed media stamps & stencils: 8am 12 noon. Stock permitting.
Love & Hugs,