Samantha is a jewelry artist and maker who seeks to understand human’s relationship with nature through her art practice, material exploration, and research. How she views this relationship can be conveyed in wearable forms that merge with the body to express the profound influence humans have on nature. She believes to combine natural and industrial materials together is to symbolically unify our ancient and modern selves. How these materials are manipulated and unify with the body express their own story.
Establishing a consistent making practice allows Samantha to better understand the path of incremental change, steadily impacting what may or may not be able to be seen or felt with our hands or body. The slow progression of how change occurs within ourselves is comparable to how material can transform over time, whether through gradual organic decay or an impactful force. Time is made visible through the maker’s hands in forming the material. If trust connects us to our origins, then there must exist an unspoken agreement of mutual understanding in our shared human nature.
Samantha Laddin is an American jeweler and self-described “artist at heart” with over ten years of experience in making and designing jewelry from metal, wood, stone, fossils, and bone. Born in Manhattan, NY and raised in Ridgewood, NJ, she began her studies in 2009 at the University of Syracuse and received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing Design in 2013. Ever since she has continued to develop and expand her knowledge working as a professional jewelry designer, gemstone laboratory assistant, and independent artist. She currently lives in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, where she recently graduated from the University of Trier in Idar-Oberstein with an MFA in Jewelry and Gemstones in 2019.