VoyageMIA for Hannah Stouffer - Exploring Life & Business
H+ Creative Founder / Director, Hannah Stouffer spoke with VoyageMIA recently about what it means to be a full-time creative, operating a woman owned creative studio that represents a tight-knit roster of top-tier, diverse international artists. Read more about what she has to say!
Hi Hannah, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I have a long history of being on all sides of creative in the art world, it was something I pursued since the beginning. I was a commercial creator, exhibiting painter and illustrator for a long time, then worked as a writer for creative publications Vice and Juxtapoz for about five years. I’ve written and curated a few visual art books with Gingko press- one about psychedelic art, one about new modernism, one about light entitled Lust for Light and one about ceramics called The New Age of Ceramics while continuing my personal practice and development on the side. I’ve discovered that I love being involved with multiple facets of the creative world as an artist, journalist, curator and now director.
In 2015, I was working as a creator and curator, I had a desire to build something bigger than myself. I always really liked pushing and promoting other people’s work. I always was aware of the work that was being created: in themes, in movements and I saw this kind of futuristic, digital themes, these kind of utopian and dystopian themes started to happen and I really wanted to figure out what that was. I started H+ Creative in an effort to share and support something greater than myself and to further expand on my vision of what was possible in the art space.
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?
There have been very few moments where I knew exactly what I was doing, where I felt comfortable, like things were easy, felt like I was the most experienced or completely well versed in what I was signing on for. I’m usually totally diving in, focusing more on the challenge then the discomfort, learning as I go, guessing with confidence and telling myself that I can figure it out because I can.
My careers have been based off the risks of saying yes, rather than maybe, or I don’t think I can. You always can, sometimes it just might be a completely new, unfamiliar territory- and that challenge to overcome and follow through and succeed is the best part.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about H+ Creative?
Technically speaking, H+ Creative is a woman-owned and operated artist representation firm and visual services studio that I founded in 2015. We are focused on the future of creative media through vibrantly executed imagery in 2D, 3D, CG, AR, NFT’S and this new ever-changing reality. We represent a tight-knit roster of diverse, top-tier international artists and work directly with clients and collaborators worldwide. We handle creative both in-house and through our extensive team of creatives who we truly consider to be the best of the best.
As the director of H+, I had a curatorial vision of creating a roster of artists that were all based in this ‘New Futurism’ genre that I’ve been really interested in defining. The abbreviation and part of our identity as H+ is an abbreviation of an international philosophical movement called Transhumanism, which advocates for the transformation of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology. It’s basically the idea behind the advancement of our existence with the aid of technology, which is exactly what we do, in a creative sense!
I worked in the art fields forever prior to starting H+ as an illustrator, exhibiting artist, curator and art writer, I decided to build H+ in an effort to share and support something greater than myself. To further expand on my vision of what was possible in the art space.
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
I recommend any creative to push for what they are inspired by or what feels right. There are so many different methods, medias and software for every type of artist out there, it’s more about finding what feels best by exploring them. I’d absolutely always encourage experimentation, learning as much as you’re able and connecting with like-minded creatives. There is a huge network on digital platforms that offer tutorials, conversations, live feeds and workflow to inspire young creatives. Give yourself time and if it’s something you want to commit to, go for it! Find your own creative path or vision, it’s endless out there, and you can do whatever you want to.
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