Artist

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about-the-artist-samantha-extance

I’m originally from a suburban town in New York. I miss the stonewalls and mountains now that I am living on flat prairie land.

I moved to Tulsa for graduate school 10 years ago and I fell in love with Tulsa’s friendly art community and the city’s vibrant growth. I’m a happy Okie-transplant and proudly call Tulsa my home.

I’m from a family of makers. My grams taught me to sew, my brother and dad weld sculptures out of scrap metal, my cousins are both visual artists, my husband is a talented photographer and my mom taught me everything I know about making jewelry. And truth be told, she was the one who first introduced me to Steampunk!

I love giving handmade gifts and truly enjoy art at its most tactile level. Like all crafty-minded folk, I dabble in a lot of things–sewing, knitting, all kinds of jewelry making, shadowbox art, painting & sketching. But my true love is Steampunk art because it allows me to express my passion and curiosity with old things. I grew up going to flea markets every weekend and “dumpster diving” with my mom and grams. History was right in front of me, ready to examined and explored.

a-few-of-my-favorite-things

Buttons, Clockwork Couture, Plume Natural Perfumes, Morris chairs (Arts & Crafts Furniture in general), The Graphics Fairy, Singer Sewer Machines, Make; Tulsa, & Alphonse Mucha.

local-loves

Passive Juice Motel‘s quirky dolls, Heather Sleightholm Folk Art‘s folk art, Weather + Noise‘s screen printed tea towels, Death of a Witch‘s photography, Mark Gibson Music, Therarganics‘s lemon poppy seed soap, Okie Dirt‘s wood Adirondack chairs, Urban Wine Works‘s robust reds, the Phoenix Coffee Shop, and Antoinette Baking Co.

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