WELCOME TO MY SMALL SPACE. MY NAME IS SAMANTHA AND I AM A LINOCUT PRINTMAKER: I Adore SIMPLICITY, NATURE AND EVERYDAY LIFE.
I work out of my small home studio, located on the outskirts of a busy city in California. My creative world is most often inspired by nature and botanical finds, minimalist design, line drawing and illustration. I work with my hands: sketching, carving linocut blocks and printing with my trusted baren.
I first noticed the art of block printing when I saw the gorgeous wallpaper designs of Galbraith and Paul in a magazine. I picked up a beginner set of carving tools and lino and made notecards for my family. Carving lino blocks in the evenings after my kids were tucked into bed was a great way to relax; the work of carving things away is almost meditative. Soon I began to carve and print more than I could keep, and began to sell my work.
Beginning in 2008, I sold my prints on sewn goods under the name Inklore to small boutiques and customers around the world. My work was featured on blogs such as Bliss, Design*Sponge and Sfgirlbybay - and sold in shops such as Terrain and PerchSF. I have also taught a block printing class at The Makerie. I've been developing my aesthetic as a printmaker, and am excited to be returning with a new focus on original linocut art prints.
I would love to hear from you! Please drop me a line on the contact page regarding questions or just to say hello!
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Thanks for visiting! xo, Samantha
SEE. DRAW. PRINT.
I will be writing a series of blog posts over the next several weeks which will explain my linocut printmaking process. I'm planning to cover the story of how I got started and my process - with detailed posts about inspiration and sketching, transferring drawings to the lino block, lino carving techniques, printing on paper and printing on fabric. I'll be sure to include information about my favorite tools and supplies along the way. I hope you'll join me! You can also follow along with my work behind the scenes on Instagram under the hashtag #samanthahirst