It was a beautiful display of fine art and jewelry on October 20, 2011, at EM & CO boutique in Los Angeles. The fashion installation/art "Girl with Flowers" exhibit perfectly complemented actress/jewelry designer/artist Samantha Lockwood, who also shared her spotlight with artist and mentor Muramasa Kudo. Both art and jewelry were well received that evening.
Samantha Lockwood grew up in Los Angeles and La Quinta, CA. As a child she was exposed to art from her parents actor Gary Lockwood (2001: A Space Odyssey) and actress/entrepreneur Denise DuBarry. Lockwood attended UC Santa Cruz and studied Fine Art, Buddhist Art History, Theater Acting, and Marine Biology. Her work is influenced by her love of Buddhist art, the ocean, water, and nature. Lockwood has been exhibited in the US, but her art is loved all over the world. She paints from her home studio in Los Angeles, or wherever she might be in the world when she is inspired.
Aside from her theater studies while in college, Samantha started her acting career at age 16, when she studied a variety of disciplines (dialect, improv, commercial) with Robert Eastmam, Carolyn Barry, Lesly Kahn, and Joseph Pearlman. By age 20, Lockwood had already appeared in countless infomercials, commercials, and had been a professional model. She has appeared in CSI: New York, was featured more than once in Maxim, and was “the up-and-coming starlet to watch” in Esquire Magazine. She currently stars in the Showtime movie Shoot the Hero.
With so much going for her in her acting and fine artist career (oh yeah, she also teaches Bikram Yoga), it’s hard to imagine Samantha having time for anything else. But this focused Renaissance woman is carving her own niche as a jewelry designer with a very unique concept. Her line is called Fleurings.
“My Grandmother Betty King always wore a flower in her hair. She taught me how to cultivate, properly cut flowers, and wear flowers in my hair in order. Her advice to “wear a flower” has always paid off in compliments and creates a conversation piece. Even as a young actress just starting out, I waited tables for a stint and found that wearing flowers brought in better tips!”
I remember when I first learned of the line, I thought it was ingenius; to be able to wear a flower as part of jewelry was a novel idea. Uniquely, Fleurings offers a variety of looks based on ones own choice of flowers. And depending on the flower that look can easily change. Fleurings comes as earrings, necklaces, and lapel pins. So, both men and women can enjoy it
Questions by Kaylene Peoples
Responses by Samantha Lockwood read in the link below...