Joanna Stapff is a Bermudian artist, owner of 1609 Design, jewellery designer and the newest female DJ. She is part of the Golden Era of Young Entrepenuers booming in Bermuda, changing the market and strengthening the island’s tourism product. Joanna attended Cheltenham College and University of Miami, where she refined her raw artistic talents. Brought up in a Trinidadian/ German household, she fancies Roti and Sauerkraut, House Music and a bad sense of humour. Her biggest loves are Ophelia and Babaloo, her furry family. All she lives for is to create and bring happiness to others through her artistic visions.
1. What’s your favourite beach?
This charming little beach on Palm Island in Ely’s Harbour. I did the first photo shoot of my jewellery with Meredith Andrews there because it feels you have been marooned on a great, secret discovery. I am always mesmerized by this school of giant orange parrot fish that seem to own this piece of paradise.
2. What keeps you up at night?
This massive, chaotic cloud of ideas. Also, designing jewellery and finding that tune which elevates everything in you.
3. Who was the most influential person in your life?
Wolfgang Sterrer, an eccentric natural biologist, clarinet player in the Somers Isle Jazz Band with my Dad, and the former curator at the Aquarium. He made me appreciate nature and be inquisitive, collect crystals and shells and research them relentlessly. Most importantly, Kurt Stapff, my Daddy, an engineer at Inveruie and guitar player, who introduced me to music, the hospitality industry and art…which describes my whole being.
4. What is your guilty pleasure?
Tequila, sunbathing nude and gummy bears.
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
To be an artist, you must create, obsess and rebel reality, but ultimately it’s the only way to find peace with oneself…otherwise we just lose it.