Samantha is the artist, maker and entrepreneur behind HEMLEVA. She is guided by a love for botanicals, Scandanavian designs, and the benefits of an intentional creative process. Samantha’s artistic passions took root at a young age: crocheting at four, wood-burning at six, screen-printing at eleven, oil painting at twelve, developing film, hand-pouring candles, and sewing costumes in her teens. After graduating with a BA in Law, Politics, and Society (plus four minors!) from Drake University, Samantha taught English and American culture in Northern China for a year. Upon returning, she married her college sweetheart and moved to Seattle. During their move, they were in an accident that totaled their car. While recovering in physical therapy for months, Samantha decided to start her own business creating a mix of both traditional and original handmade pieces. Today her handmade designs include keychains, enamel pins, brass mobiles, and wall sconces and can be found in hundreds of retail stores around the world.