Maker of the Month: Stef Macari Art

How did you start?

I had always loved painting and studied art throughout school right to the end of 6th year. In 2007 I went on to study something different at Uni and didn’t paint again for 7 years. Looking back on it now I can’t believe I went so long without painting!

Why did you start?

I started painting again at the beginning of 2014 because I really missed painting and had previously found it very therapeutic. So, after a 7 year break, I bought myself some fresh oil paint, acrylic paint and some stretched canvases and just experimented.

What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about running your business?

My favourite thing about my creative business is that there are no restrictions set on what I can create as it is totally up to me. My least favourite thing about running my creative business is having to deal with manufacturers. I wish I had the technology to make everything myself from scratch but obviously that's not possible

What are you proud of?

I am proud that I am able to take part in events like MOC. It has taken a lot of courage to take part in craft fairs and to meet and talk to so many new people. There is no way I would have been brave enough to do it a few years ago. I know a few of us feel like this.

What’s your favourite thing about MoC?

My favourite thing about MOC is that you get to meet lots of lovely like-minded makers. 

What’s your favourite thing you make? 

I love creating my paintings. They are probably my favourite thing to make as that is the really fun part. It is also really cool when I see my artwork on my scarves and I am able to wear it. So, I would say that my scarves are my next favourite thing to make.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years time, I would be over the moon if I was earning a good living from creating my artwork.

What would be your absolute dream outcome for your business?

As I have said above, it is my dream to earn a living from my artwork. If I was to dream really, really, really big I would love to create a collection of scarves for Liberty of London.

What’s new for 2019?

I have just launched a new range of affordable art prints and there are some other new products which I will be launching towards the end of the year which is exciting.

What are your goals?

My goals are to just keep working hard and pursuing success and happiness in my creative business.

If you could try your hand at another skill (craft or otherwise) what would it be?

I would love to work with clay and create something really unique…possibly jewellery.

What are your hobbies?

I like to print out photographs and make photo albums. Not that many of us have physical photos anymore as most of our photos are kept in digital form so it's cool to see them printed out in an album that you can flick through.

What product would you like to see at events that you’ve never seen?

So far, I have never seen anyone who has designed their own prints on material and created a clothing line out of it. Some of us create scarves but it would be so cool to see someone making a whole fashion collection.

Which 5 people, alive or dead, would you have at your fantasy dinner party?

Ooh I think I would choose Lauren Graham, Melissa McCarthy, Kelly Bishop, Liza Weil and Alexis Bledel from Gilmore Girls just so I could chat to them about being in Gilmore Girls.

Do you have any funny stories about your time crafting?

Yes, one day I was painting on the floor and I had specifically shut my cat out of the room that I was painting in to avoid chaos. My Dad opened the door and my cat made a beeline for my painting area, dipped her tail and feet into some blue paint and then proceeded to run around the room creating a trail of blue footprints!

What’s your favourite food or best meal you’ve ever had?

My favourite food is Pizza. I could eat it literally every day!

What’s your cheapest and most expensive item?

My cheapest items are my individual greetings cards and my most expensive items are my large paintings.

If you had a dream client or model who would they be?

My dream client would be Sarah Millican because she is my favourite comedian. I know that she loves stationery so I would love to be like “I can create a matching scarf, set of art prints, greetings cards and notebooks and pens to go with your painting!” :)

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