Today we’d like to introduce you to Andira Sample.
Hi Andira, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Height & Light was birthed in my college art class in Long Island, NY. My teacher mention basilicas in Rome and how the focus of the structure was the height of the building and how much light shinned in thru the windows. She said it was all about “Height & Light”. From that, it stuck with me and I wrote it down for future ideas. Eventually, I sat with myself one day and began sketching symbolism and created my first piece the dripping ankh in that moment, I realized I wanted to venture into jewelry. The start of Height & Light was a learning process of metals, sketching, and mold making. After getting my first piece completed, I focused on the marketing for about a year. Shooting friends, family, and artists helped spread the word.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The main struggle in my journey was just resources and help early on. Being a young black women trying to venture into a new field that did not have many opportunities to learn the craft so I had to teach myself. It is also very hard to be the creative and the businesswomen at the same time so learning balance was a struggle as well.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a jewelry designer/stylist/curator. I am known for my brand Height & Light which specializes in jewelry design, art installments and creative experiences. I am most proud of the growth in my brand. I started with one design and now I have created over five extensive collections. What sets me apart from other designers is the experience and education attached to my work.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
All my friends have helped me so much. As a support system. Some friends boost me up when I’m down. Some friends help me creatively. Some friends just help me stay balanced.
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