As a Michigan native, Samantha was inspired to create a sculpture which would shed light on the fragile condition of our lakes and rivers.  Fractured Fashion  was the first of her dress collection and illustrated the movement of water via stained glass. Each shard of glass was hand cut to evoke broken droplets of water, which were then knotted together on a cotton corded “net” laid to reflect the movement of water currents. The tulle base cascades off the right hip alluding to the flow of sand dunes. These coastal themes were accented with a necklace of found driftwood, shells, and distressed chain.   Fractured Fashion  was constructed in 2014 and originally installed in a restored furniture warehouse along the Grand River.

As a Michigan native, Samantha was inspired to create a sculpture which would shed light on the fragile condition of our lakes and rivers. Fractured Fashion was the first of her dress collection and illustrated the movement of water via stained glass. Each shard of glass was hand cut to evoke broken droplets of water, which were then knotted together on a cotton corded “net” laid to reflect the movement of water currents. The tulle base cascades off the right hip alluding to the flow of sand dunes. These coastal themes were accented with a necklace of found driftwood, shells, and distressed chain.

Fractured Fashion was constructed in 2014 and originally installed in a restored furniture warehouse along the Grand River.

ballerine de jardin’s whimsical design is influenced by Michigan forests and gardens. The soul of this piece, however, belongs to a little girl Samantha saw at a dance recital. The young ballerina was the very essence of an adorably awkward new dancer - participating in her first recital, toddling to and fro with her tutu thoroughly askew as she navigated her way through her performance.

Conceived in 2018, the first public display of ballerine de jardine was at the Livonia Arts Commission Fine Arts Gallery in January 2019.

During her time as a metallurgy student in college, Samantha was consistently disheartened by how her female classmates, excelling in their pursuit of what is traditionally considered a degree for men, were still looked down upon. In order to fit in they had to consciously suppress their femininity. For this piece she wanted to embody a silhouette that is undeniably feminine with hints of fabric and lace. The primary construction of this piece however is of metal, tools, and hardware; reflecting the true strength of women working in areas of traditionally, male-dominated industry.

Forged in 2016, Hardware Cloth had the distinction of being originally installed at the J.W. Marriott overlooking the Grand River.

"People hear what they see" - Bobby Darin

Sometimes inspiration is as simple as hearing a phrase, as was the case of this piece. Translating what’s heard into something that can be viewed is the core of this sculpture, which is a fantastical fusion of vinyl records, spool upon spool of cassette tape, juke box title strips, ribbon cable wiring, and film. The goal of this piece was to combine these elements from diverse eras of musical history, demonstrating how technological advances have evolved in how we consume music.

Developed in 2017, Wrapped in Rhythm was originally installed at a branch of the United States Postal Service.

Inspired by the recent spotlight on public education "reform”, this piece contrasts how the current public education system is often dressed up to appear better than actual circumstances.  Created in 2018, the original installation of  Redress E.D.U.  was in the sunlit lobby of the recently restored Waters building in downtown Grand Rapids. There the piece was surrounded by broken black and white crayons and charred regulations. Her hope was to convey the spirit of education enduring and rising like a phoenix from the ashes of political bureaucracy.

Inspired by the recent spotlight on public education "reform”, this piece contrasts how the current public education system is often dressed up to appear better than actual circumstances.

Created in 2018, the original installation of Redress E.D.U. was in the sunlit lobby of the recently restored Waters building in downtown Grand Rapids. There the piece was surrounded by broken black and white crayons and charred regulations. Her hope was to convey the spirit of education enduring and rising like a phoenix from the ashes of political bureaucracy.

Dressed to Suit was a mini collection Samantha created in 2015 for an installation in the lobby of a restored furniture warehouse along the Grand River.

Spade was a fusion of Asian and French influences; transforming an upcycled bridesmaid dress and special edition black Bicycle playing cards.