Whether it be via live events or the weekly show, Stephanie Papadopoulos sits with the cream of Australia’s creative crop. Unpacking what makes them tick and how they’ve navigated the twists and turns of human existence, to live visionary creative lives, overflowing with purpose and passion.
Stephanie is the founder of OneSpaceLove. Established in 2007 to bring people together for the love of it. In 2016 The OneSpaceLove HQ venue opened in Bondi, Sydney, hosting events with some of the Australian Music Industry’s best. With the likes of Ash Grunwald, Lior, Ben Lee, Tijuana Cartel, Kallidad and OKA gracing its’ stage, OneSpaceLove shows are renowned for good food, good vibes, good times and great music.
OneSpaceLove Pop Up have held events at Paddington Chapel, Factory Theatre, Metro Sydney, Sydney Opera House, and Oxford Arts factory as well as Sydney Community Centres with many Australian reputable artists Declan Kelly, Bobby Alu, Nicky Bomba – Bustamento, Ben Lee, OKA and Uncle Bob Randell. The OneSpaceLove weekly show has more than 4000 weekly listeners and views via Bondi Radio, Radio Byron podcast channels and YouTube.
Like the guests she interviews, Stephanie’s own creative path has had it’s share of twists and turns and has been characterised by creative excellence and a deep sense of purpose. This has given her the ability to draw out truly captivating and inspiring stories from her guests and resulted in an impressive back catalogue.
After stepping out of school, Stephanie’s first two decades were in the international Fashion Industry, spanning Italy, Australia & New York. She won a scholarship to study her masters in fashion in Florence, Italy ,with her award collection showcased on Italian television and at the famous Sydney Power House Museum. Moving to New York for New York Fashion Week, she began working as a design assistant to Betsey Johnson. In 2002 she co founded her first clothing brand Conley & Cranford with partner Stephanie Conley which was sold to David Jones, Myer, New York, UK and Singapore department stores. Her second solo clothing brand Stephanie Cranford sold to David Jones, Myer, New York, reputable Sydney boutiques. In 2004 she was voted by Vogue Magazine as one of Australians top Australian Young Designers along side Camilla & Marc and Ginger & Smart. Her events prowess sat behind the likes of Mercedes Australian Fashion Week and fashion showcases featuring designers such as Alex Perry and Peter Morrissey. This segued into her role as general manager of the Australian Fashion Awards, working alongside Paula Joye from Madison Magazine and Zoe Edquist the General Manager of Australian Fashion Council.
Stephanie took her first major career crossroad and landed her most challenging and inspiring role to date, motherhood. Birthing over the next decade 4 beautiful children. She complimented her mothering and own personal and spiritual growth studying as a yoga teacher with the Australian Yoga Academy. Together with her former partner she opened a cafe-deli in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and weathered the ups and downs of business and family life. For Stephanie, the turbulence of family life has been an invitation to deeper self inquiry, that has profoundly informed her work with OneSpaceLove
Alongside motherhood and her work with OneSpaceLove she has worked in partnership with Byron Spirit Fest, Bali Spirit Fest and Byron Bluesfest working with international and local artists such as Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Declan Kelly, Michael Franti, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Mike Love, and Trevor Hall.
A sunrise meditation, journaling, a long walk in Sydney Park with her dog, a morning getting kids ready for school, all weave together to make up the foundations of her everyday life. Living in Erskineville, one of Sydney’s most vibrant, creative hub’s, Stephanie’s daily life is immersed in music and art. She loves the creative life she has crafted for herself as much as the natural beauty of Sydney’s inner city parks. A life as much about navigating her own creative path as it is unpacking the choices and crossroads of creative visionary’s who, like Stephanie, are doing what they love and living a life on purpose.
Steph Papas xx