Makers Who Inspire is an original documentary series that explores the creative process, inspiration and artistry with spirit and curiosity. Created by SA filmmaker Henry Thong, Makers Who Inspire is sure to make you feel, make you laugh and inspire you to follow your own passion (read more about Henry and his inspiration for the series here).
The previous two seasons of Makers Who Inspire have already featured an impressive array of prominent creators, including street artist Peter Drew and contemporary painter Ellie Kammer. Season 3 officially launched recently at a sold-out premiere at Raj House, and is bound to only increase the momentum of the series; among those featured in Season 3 include celebrity chef Adam Liaw and Vogue Australia fashion photographer Max Papendieck. It was clear that tireless work went into the premiere screening itself; Raj House was transformed into a gallery for the event, allowing audience members to personally encounter works by creators from past and present seasons of the series. The exhibition included Paolo Sebastian couture, portraits by realist oil painter Tsering Hannaford, paintings by contemporary painter Josh Miels, and photographs of U.S. Presidents by renowned photographer Ben Baker. The event not only gave audience members the opportunity admire works by these accomplished artists, but to mingle with the artists themselves, with Kammer, Miels and Hannaford among those in attendance on the evening.
However, the true highlight of the evening was, of course, the screening of the episodes themselves. The screening premiered the first three episodes of Season 3, featuring Paolo Sebastian designer Paul Vasileff, Time and Politico photographer Ben Baker and New York City Ballet principal dancer and choreographer Lauren Lovette. Produced across Australia and the USA, each episode delved into the respective creator’s craft and explored their insight, commitment to their work, challenges they’ve faced in their respective industries and advice to other creatives looking to successfully follow their passion.
Each episode not only highlighted the talent and drive of the creators featured, but the masterful work of Henry himself. Each episode, though only minutes long, was technically superb, emotive and emphasised Henry’s own commitment to his work. The audience were clearly enraptured as each episode aired and they learned more about Vasileff’s intricate couture designs, Lovette’s agility and dedication to ballet and Baker’s unique approach to photography (to the audience’s amusement, this episode also explored Baker’s bizarre and humorous experience of photographing Donald Trump). With two of the three featured creators (Vasileff and Baker) hailing from Adelaide, it was clear Henry wished to emphasise the fact that it is definitely possible to be successful from Adelaide, despite what some say to the contrary.
With a new episode of Makers Who Inspire Season 3 released every fortnight, you’re going to want to keep your eye out for coming episodes on Henry's YouTube channel and the series' Facebook and Instagram pages. You can also keep up-to-date with the talented Henry’s work via his Instagram and Facebook page.
Watch the first episode of Makers Who Inspire Season 3 featuring Paul Vasileff below:
All images supplied by Henry Thong.