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Samantha Malay

s_malayI live between a river and an urban farm, inspired by human response to nature. I work with reclaimed fabric, beeswax, and paper ephemera to create new textures and patterns.

My thrift and creativity stem from childhood experiences: I spent several years on a remote homestead in rural eastern Washington, and several more living itinerantly across the country. My family gleaned abandoned household items on evening alley walks, bought clothes at Salvation Army, and slept under the stars in campgrounds and fields.

My ‘Night Bloom’ collages are glimpses of cool dusk after a shimmering summer day, crickets heard through a screen door, a house lit only by an old TV movie. They were inspired by the ceramic tile colors I saw on a recent trip to Istanbul, as well as my collection of vintage domestic textiles and old postcards.

In summer 2013 I collaborated with Christopher Stearns of Westling Design to create ‘Nightblooming: A Mixed-Media Meditation on Summer Flora’ at Dubsea Coffee, which featured my beeswax-on-fabric collages and his floral-themed handmade linoleum rugs and rolling garden units. My work has been part of the Georgetown Art & Garden Walk for the last two summers. I am an active member of Artsyo, South Park Arts, and the Art Lending Library, and I was a member of Twilight Artist Collective Gallery/Shop in West Seattle for 4 years. Each of my greeting cards and collages is handcrafted from one-of-a-kind salvaged materials, making them unique gifts and home decor. My work is available at Garden Essentia in Shoreline, and Make Believe Shoppe in Georgetown.