This post is part of our series on Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's Tulsa Art Studio Tour 2014. A self-guided tour, the Tulsa Art Studio Tour showcases the talent of artists who live and work in Tulsa.Today we are featuring Tour artist Samantha Extance.
Growing up in a family of tinkerers, that visited garage sales and flea-markets regularly, "becoming a steampunk artist seemed inevitable" for jewelry artist Samantha Extance. Extance's mother was a self-taught jeweler and this inspired her to create her own jewelry line with Bohemian Romance.
|a detail of the studio of Samantha Extance|
Process put first, Extance breathes new life into old objects. These seemingly gritty materials from vintage sources may be tough, but in Extance's jewelry, they become delicate and graceful. "What I love most about steampunk is the history of objects and how dainty and beautiful metal can be," she says.
|Tour Artist Samantha Extance in her studio|
Her favorite piece is a custom made work she made for a friend who was getting married. This bridal jewelry was made with vintage pieces, lined with sapphires, being both something old and something blue, for the time-old bridal tradition. Of this commission, Extance says "I truly enjoy what I do and on this occasion, it was pure bliss. I put more than a little love into this one–I put a piece of my heart."