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Samantha Leung of Hemleva | Instructor at Camp Craftaway 2023


Samantha Leung of HEMLEVA

Samantha (She/Her) has always been an artist and a maker. She learned how to crochet at the age of 4, learned how to wood burn at 6, was screen printing at 11, oil painting at 12, developing her own film at 14, and was hand pouring candles at 15. When she was 16, she along with two other friends started a bespoke handmade costume business. Alongside this exploration of different mediums, Samantha was working consistently part-time starting at the age of 14.

Samantha graduated from Drake University with a BA in Law, Politics, & Society—an interdisciplinary study of the effect of Law, Politics and Society and how each discipline drives change in the other. She also graduated with minors in Sociology, Psychology, Art and Politics. All the while serving as the Art Director for the campus satirical magazine, DUIN, She simultaneously served as committee chairs for over 15 different organizations while attending Drake University, as well as successfully lobbying with a Non-Profit for the well-being of Iowa citizens.

Following graduation, Samantha took a year to teach English and American culture in Northern China. Upon returning, she decided against pursuing law school. She married her college sweetheart, adopted a cat, moved cross country from Chicago to Seattle, decided to start a business and then adopted another cat.


Join this workshop led by Samantha of HEMLEVA to learn how to make your very own Kokedama! You will learn about the history of this art form, air pruning and will leave with your very own plant—or two.