Art Hound, a guide to living with art Art Hound

on the hunt for good art

Out of the Mainstream: Brooklyn meets Portland…. Week 5: Samantha Hahn

March 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Samantha Hahn is an illustrator, surface pattern designer, blogger, and new mom originally from Manhattan and currently living in Brooklyn, NY. You may know her as the woman behind Maquette, Samantha’s blog on art, design, craft and style. Samantha shows at gallery hanahou in NYC and recently joined creative agency,cwc-i.

How would you describe your work?

Feminine, warm, soft, bold yet gentle.

What are, in your opinion, the greatest challenges of being an artist today?

Making the time to do the business aspects of art. Also balancing a full time career with a full time freelance career with motherhood with seeing friends and living life….

What accomplishments/works of art are you most proud of?

I loved doing monthly illustrations for Glamour Magazine. As far as individual pieces I’m proud of I like a recent piece that was in a group show at Gallery Hanahou. It’s watercolor, ink and gouache.

Tell us about the biggest risk you’ve taken as an artist.

I suppose it was just putting myself out there and facing both acceptance and rejection.

What do you love most about Brooklyn?

I absolutely love Brooklyn. I can’t imagine living elsewhere. It’s full of amazing creative people, lively restaurants, shops and it just feels like the center of the universe. I have met amazing creative, passionate people here doing what they love!

What makes Brooklyn such a great place for independent art?

I think because so many opportunites are here; opportunities for collaboration, to network with creative peers and to enjoy a constantly stimulating environment that’s close to Manhattan but worlds away at the same time.

Click here to read about this week’s Portland artist, photographer Anthony Georgis.

Affordable Art + Charity

November 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

Anna Corpron and Sean Auyeung of Sub-Studio are the creative force behind Working Proof, a new limited-edition print shop with a humanitarian mission.  Every Tuesday Working Proof releases a print by an emerging artist and donates 15% of proceeds to a charity of the artist’s choice. It’s a great concept but they’ve nailed the execution as well; the artwork is fresh, exciting and diverse! They also include great bios of the artists.

Participating artists have selected the following charities:

  • Doctors Without Borders (Osoo)
  • Kids in Need (Yasmine Surovec & Samantha Hahn)
  • Architecture for Humanity (Justin Richel)
  • Jane Goodall Institute (Gretchen Wagoner)
  • Smile Train (Heather Smith Jones)