Sam Groom

Tell us a bit about your Talented range – how would you describe your style?

I have a ‘see what happens approach to printing’. I work with lots of hand cut blocks and stamps made from wood, MDF, Lino and other materials and I like to play around with different techniques, different colours, different textures and just see what works. I love that element of chance and surprise in printmaking!

What inspires you?

Everyday things inspires me! By this I mean it is the ordinary things around me that end up as my inspiration: the trees in the park; the houses and shops near me; a pattern on my daughters dress. I have an allotment and that has been quite an inspiration, the change in the seasons, the colours and shapes of the things growing there. I like looking at what other current artists and designers are doing and also take inspiration from artists and designers from the past. I especially love Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and I love Mark Hearld’s work too.

What’s the best thing about showcasing your artwork on a bag?

I love the fact you can have something practical and useful like a bag and for it to be a fun, colourful, beautiful piece of art as well.

What else do you do outside of Talented? And in your spare time?

I am a full-time printmaker so I am always printing and making things for fairs, exhibitions, shops and galleries and I also run quite a lot of workshops for adults and children. When I am not printing I am hanging out with my family, cycling and growing veggies on my allotment.

What’s next for you?

I want to create some collages as I have lots of ideas for new work and I use collage (from recycled prints) to develop my ideas. I have more workshops in the pipeline too.

Where can people find more of your artwork? (website, blog, etc.)

You can find out more about me on my website www.samanthagroom.co.uk and on

Facebook: Samantha Groom.Printmaker

Twitter: @SamGroomPrints

Instagram: samgroom.printmaker

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