Fashion Designer Samantha Gottlich is preparing for a huge summer, discusses upcoming showcase in Rhode Island, her second business, merchandise, and more!

Beyond The Lens – Massachusetts designer Samantha Gottlich has always been someone I adored artistically and anyone that gets a chance to check out her work will see exactly why that is. Since it’s been a while since we chatted I thought it would be a great idea to find a way into her busy schedule and do an interview to catch up on some of the latest things she has going on in her career. I hope you enjoy reading it!

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~~Interviews /w Samantha Gottlich~~

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Internet Hollywood: What’s up Samantha? I just wanted to let you know that it’s an honor to have you chatting with me today. You’re work has always been great to me and it was exciting to finally see it in person at the IH Fashion Show. I’m sure a busy person like you have a lot of interesting things to speak on, so lets begin with a pretty common question; how has the year 2019 been treating you and what are some of the goals and projects you got lined up to get you closer to your dream?

Samantha: Hey Justin, I’m excited to be back. Thank you for taking the time to interview me. 2019’s been a blessing so far. NROR ART is preparing for a huge spring and summer. It’s been a blessing. In April, NROR ART has a 2 day eco-friendly art show for Earth day in NH. There, I’m unveiling some new art that’s never been seen. AS A TEASER: We have a darker themed showcase booked for summer 2019 in RI and a nature themed showcase booked for 2020 in MA. NROR ART is currently tying up some loose ends for some sponsorship and vending opportunities for spring and summer 2020. I won’t say too much but you’ll be seeing our face at a bunch of EMPOWERING events! LGBTQ, Female empowerment… and more. We’re currently on display in Dedham MA. There’s 6 of my well known art pieces framed and hanging. We’ve been there for the last few months. It’s been a blessing. Starting in April, all of the favorite NROR ART nature infused paintings will be for sale as prints! This has never happened before for NROR ART. We’re teaming up with one of my favorite photographers and a friend of mine who owns his own digital design and print shop. Lastly, NROR ART finally has a logo. Took long enough, right? All in all, this will be an exciting next few months.

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Internet Hollywood: You have always been multi-talented and carry yourself in such a principled way when it relates to your brand. What sacrifices did you have to make to keep things going for this long and are you afraid of the future sacrifices you have to make to keep it going?

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Samantha: Thank you so much for the kind words and the support! I appreciate it. Aside from my lil baby, NROR ART, I have GOTT Marketing and my other job, which is working in marketing. Having these 2 lil businesses and finishing my degree means a lifetime of sacrifices. It’s deciding what to put first, and where to put more time and effort. It’s deciding to pick and choose how to spend my very little free time; do I see friends or put more heart and effort into my marketing business or my art business? Do I get an extra hour or sleep, get an extra hour of painting, or put an extra hour into a marketing plan? Working in my unconventional businesses while finishing my Degree.. Its hectic, it’s chaotic, it’s difficult but it’s mine and I love it; even with all the sacrifices.

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Internet Hollywood: You’re known to be be a pretty busy person that puts in a lot work behind the scenes but you also show support to other talented people as well. Your humbleness is one of the main things that sticks out and you seem to care about how people feel and think. Do you feel that kind of puts a pressure on your shoulder when it comes to some of the decisions you make that people you may be close or know may not be in full favor of?

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Samantha: Thank you again for the kind words! With every action and idea I have, I think of others. Not in terms of “Will they judge me?”; I think of “will this inspire someone? Will this challenge ideas?”. I know what you mean though; some people think it’s weird that I paint myself at art shows and paint obscene things on pins, especially my vagina pins. But I think even the most obscene things that make people feel somewhat uncomfortable also makes them think, “if she can do that, why can’t I?” I make art and accessories about my autoimmune disease, LGBTQ rights, black lives matter and female empowerment. Yeah, that vagina pin might make one person feel uncomfortable. But it also made a dozen women and trans men think, oh shit.. that body part I might feel self conscious about is ART”. In the end, I put my own mind and morals first. Because I know my morals and mind are going to help others.

Internet Hollywood: You strike me as the type of person that goes out of the comfort zone of many designers to create something unique that others have never seen before. This only makes me questions what the bigger picture is behind all of the goals you have been putting in place. With that being said, what is the ultimate vision behind all of the goals you put in place to conquer that thing we call a dream?

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Samantha: My vision is story telling. Every part of my art tells a story. Once upon a time, the only stories were fables and verbal stories and then morphed into being written down and it’s evolved. My paintings, my accessories, my clothes; they’re my story tellings. The stories I tell are stories of freeing yourself from fear

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Internet Hollywood: What are some of the merchandise that you have available now and where could people go to check it out and purchase it?

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Samantha: Right now, I have pins and bracelets for sale. I do not have an online store currently, but, you can buy directly from Instagram and Facebook. I will have prints of paintings for sale in April. You can reserve a print by messaging me directly on IG/FB. I plan to launch an online store/website once summer hits. You can order custom pins directly as well.

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Internet Hollywood: Here’s one of my favorite questions right now; Now that your far more experienced at what you do, what has been the biggest thing you learned and did you have to change anything about yourself and the things around you to keep yourself focused and motivated?

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Samantha: I’ve learned a lot and I continue to learn. I’ve learned to allow myself to experience disappointment in art, reinvent my art when things don’t work out, let go and move forward. Glasses were fun, but they couldn’t sustain. I loved making those funky sculptures but they couldn’t be worn outside of shoots. I didn’t want to go to welding school or anything like that. So I let it go. It sucked to take a break, but focusing on my pins has made me a better painter. My hands are more steady. I’m proud of my cartoon pins. I’m getting better because I allowed myself to fail somewhere and flourish elsewhere. I’ll get back into glasses someday, but for now, it’s an L from me dawg but a growth in another department (TWSS) I don’t think I’ve actively changed things about myself, but I’ve changed because I’ve grown. I’m more patient with myself and others. I’m more observant. I’m more focused on details and little aspects that I didn’t think of previously. I can see the big picture and small details and I’m glad I’ve grown in that way. What keeps me motivated is knowing that people are happy when they see my NROR ART creations. Not every interaction has to be a sale. I love to talk to people at events. Hear their stories. Feel inspiration. Feel empowered. And pass it on. My motivation is staying alive and showing that in art; what it means to be alive and fight for the things you love and need.

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Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Samantha! It’s always an honor chatting with you!

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Samantha Gottlich: Instagram –  Website – Facebook 

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