Samantha Hahn: Burden

Released Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Burden, by Samantha Hahn.
15% of the gross sale of this print goes to the Kids in Need Foundation.

Samantha Hahn is an illustrator, surface pattern designer, crafter, blogger, and art teacher. Her studio is in Brooklyn where she lives with her husband and dog. She and her husband, Dave, are expecting their first child, Henry, any day now. Samantha earned her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and an MA in Art Education from Columbia University.

Select clients include: Glamour Magazine, Craft Magazine, Faesthetic Magazine, Mankind Magazine, Blanket Magazine, Barnes & Noble, Hallmark, American Greetings, Fashion 156, Shirt.Woot, 2k by Gingham, Chikara, ipop, Vaute Couture, Saatchi & Saatchi, Victoria’s Secret, St. Martin’s Press, and Freddy & Ma.

About the print:
This piece is called Burden. It was originally drawn in concentrated inks on thin, colored watercolor paper. Burden features a woman bearing a heavy load, represented by chairs chained to her back. Chairs are really meant for resting in, yet she carries them - indicating a juxtaposition of roles. Sometimes it seems that we create our own burdens in life.

This is a matte giclee print on heavy weight photo paper.


What has inspired you recently?
Lately I've been inspired by my neighborhood and the people in it.

Why did you choose to pair the Kids in Need Foundation with your print?
I'm so happy to contribute to Kids in Need Foundation. Their mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. I feel a special propensity for children. I teach art at a lovely independent school with lots of supplies and a great arts programs. It saddens me tremendously that all children don't have equal educational opportunities with great school facilities, wonderful/caring teachers and the supplies needed to aid their learning and enhance their lives.

I'm thrilled that with every one of my prints sold through Working Proof, a donation will be made to an organization working hard to ensure that every child has what they need in the classroom to learn and flourish.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I see it forming communities online and in my real environment, connecting people who feel passionately about making things or supporting those who do.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
That's so tough. I would have to say that I'd like a young Andy Warhol to mentor me - when he was an illustrator trucking his book around from art director to art director. I'd love to hear his advice for me now about how to truck my work around in the virtual art world.

Who are some artists that other people should know about?
I love Lisa Yuskavage. Her paintings blow me away, the colors, the themes, she's just incredible. I also really admire Christopher David Ryan. His work is a mix between graphic design and illustration as well as old fashioned and modern techniques. He's really playful and economic with his lines at the same time.


Camilla Engman said...

So far two fantastic prints!

drawntoletters said...

Thanks for the inspiration and wonderful drawing. Will share with students in fashion illustration at SU and others where I am an adjunct and alum.

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