Samantha Malay was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up in rural eastern Washington State. She is a theatrical wardrobe technician by trade, a writer and a mixed-media artist. Inspired by the plant kingdom and her collection of vintage textiles, she works with reclaimed fabric, travel ephemera and beeswax to create new textures and patterns. Website: http://seattle.artsyo.com/artist/33024/view, Tumblr: http://samanthamalay.tumblr.com
"‘Nightblooming’ is a series of collages I made from snapshots of old movies,reclaimed fabric and beeswax. They are glimpses of a dark house on a late summer evening, crickets heard through a screen door, a clothesline fluttering in an empty back yard. I use salvaged pillowcases in my mixed-media work because their patterns and texture signify both the idea of home and the things we leave behind. Suspended in beeswax, my images are honey-scented mementos. I named my collage series after the night-blooming phenomena of plants like jasmine, cereus and moonflower, which are most beautiful and fragrant in low light."