Posted by Cindy on Saturday, February 26th, 2011
Say Hello to Samantha Walker.
Samantha designed our first Wanna be a Cowboy line in 2009 which was an instant hit. Here is a rag quilt made by Samantha out of flannels from the first Wanna be a Cowboy line. You will never catch Samantha without a brightly colorful purse hanging off her shoulder, she loves color and her fabric shows it.
Due to popular demand we provided a follow up, and we just released Wanna be a Cowboy 2 this month. Samantha is not limited to cowboy artwork, she also designed the bright and beautiful Enchanted Garden, released in October.
And her next release will be in August. Her new line is called Decadence and is sure to be favorite. We like you to get to know all of our artists a little better, so here is Samantha in her own words......
My creative side has always been a part of me. From decorating the halls of my childhood home with a purple crayon, or redecorating the interior of our Toyota station wagon with a lovely orange one...I’ve always loved adding my creative touch to the world around me. Fortunately, my parents encouraged me to explore my artsy side. My grandmother on my father’s side was an incredible watercolorist, while my uncle on my mom’s side continues to inspire me with his bright intricate acrylic paintings. My parents are also creative in their own ways.
In college I explored collage and impasto oil painting, later I played with watercolors. My current favorite medium is using my computer and programs like Adobe Illustrator. As a Mom of three little kids, this way of working is incredibly practical...and easy to clean up. After all, my kiddos are a lot like me. I could just imagine the hey day they would have with purple oil paint running down the halls. I really don’t care for purple streaked hallways anymore. I encourage my kids to explore their creative instincts with washable markers and crayons.
My mind is constantly whirling with new ideas...I just have to remind myself that there is not enough time to work on them all at once. Things get done one thing at a time, but that doesn’t stop my mind from constantly thinking step ahead while working on another project. I think I’ve always worked this way, as a kid I refused to nap because I didn’t want to miss a thing. As an adult, this hasn’t changed much as I often don’t go to sleep until after 1:00am. I want to squeeze as much out of my day as I possibly can...I truly don’t want to miss a thing. I keep a notebook of different subjects I would like to play with, or techniques I would like to explore, which helps me focus on my current project, without worrying about forgetting what I would like to work on next.
My designs are influenced by childhood memories of the colorful 70‘s, and the many traveling opportunities I’ve had in my life. When I was first married, I was a military wife. My husband and I moved to Japan just one month after getting married, and we lived there for three years. We lived just south of Tokyo in the hustle and bustle of big city life...yet secluded in our military housing neighborhood with grass yards surrounding our home. I took the opportunity to take Sumi-e painting classes (calligraphic flower painting.) We traveled a lot within Japan, and also explored: Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam, and Bali. The imagery of my travels has been engrained in my mind, and has a tendency to naturally come out of my mind when I least expect it. I’m grateful for those experiences.
I am having so much fun creating fabric for Riley Blake. The thought of designing fabric crossed my mind as a illustration student in BYU’s design program. They just didn’t have any classes that addressed surface design and pattern repeats. I have learned so much from designing fabric and appreciate the balance of freedom and art direction that Cindy and Jina give me in order to create a successful fabric line. I would have never imagined the road that brought me here after I graduated. I thought I would be designing children’s books. I will do that someday too. But for now, I keep busy with fabric, paper, rubber stamps, digital dies, greeting cards, and home decor prints and accents...and they all happen one thing at a time...while thinking about what’s next.
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