Samantha Hahn started working nine-to-five for a magazine right out of college, a job she thought she would love. But the office grind didn’t suite her, so she quickly began plotting a course that would one day lead her to a freelance commercial art career as a fashion illustrator. Today, Samantha’s clients include Marc Jacobs, Teen Vogue, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, and quarterlane books. On this episode of Making Ways, this acclaimed artist talks about her unlikely path to an independent career, her time as a teacher, and the moment she went all in as a freelancer during maternity leave with her first child. Samantha is an illustrator, creative director, author, and longtime friend––tune in for her advice for up-and-coming artists, insights on navigating work with agents, balancing business and family life, and the importance of taking on challenges in new creative roles.
Samantha Hahn is a Brooklyn-based illustrator, creative director, and author. Her work has been internationally exhibited from New York to Hong Kong, featured in numerous art and design books, and selected several times for American Illustration. Her clients include Marc Jacobs, J.Crew, Teen Vogue, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Condé Nast Traveller, the New York Observer, and quarterlane books. Her newest book, A Mother Is a Story: A Celebration of Motherhood, and its accompanying keepsake, Stories for My Child: A Mother’s Memory Journal, have been called “magical” and “stunning.” Her book Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines was written up in the New York Times as well as a number of other magazines, newspapers, and websites.
- Samantha’s Instagram
- Well Read Women by Samantha Hahn
- A Mother is a Story by Samantha Hahn
- Columbia University School of Arts
- The Council of Fashion Designers of America
- South China Morning Post Interview with Samantha
- Real Simple article on A Mother is a Story
- The Cut: Praise for Samantha’s Work