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Scanlan & Makers is built from a belief that unique colour and true craftsmanship can have a positive impact on our experience of the built environment.

We approach every wall like a canvas, backed by the extensive technical knowledge required to ensure a finish that not only looks incredible but stands the test of time.

We are makers: artists, artisans, tradespeople, alchemists, problem solvers.

From standard commercial decorative finishes to site specific custom surfaces, we approach every project with care and consideration; aiming to provide lasting value to our clients.

Founder, Director: Clare Scanlan


Clare’s life’s work is the art, science and alchemy of colour and texture.

Trained as both an artist and an artisan paint maker, Clare’s practice sits at the intersection of Architectural Design, Fine Art and Trade Painting and examines core questions about our relationship with colour in the built environment, the sustainability of our art and architectural products and practices, the provenance of colour itself, and the way we interact with and seek to personalise our private spaces. 

Clare has a rare ability to scientifically formulate colour from scratch and communicate colour in a way that makes it accessible to a broad audience.

Maker: Amy Hill

Amy and Clare met when hired one month apart as Colourists for Porter's Paints back in 2010 where they worked as a team for almost a decade developing colour and specifying commercial, architectural and residential projects for the much-loved brand. Both share an uncanny ability to match colour by eye, with Amy moving into training for Porter's before returning to her social justice roots for a time. Amy has an ability to achieve a perfect finish second to none, as taught by her architect father in Auckland NZ. Amy's art practice spans both visual arts and music, playing in a number of much-loved Melbourne bands.

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