Sam weaves a rich mix of techniques learned from Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, African, Indigenous, French, and Victorian techniques. The dynamic process of combining techniques with artistic formats from jewelry scale works to immersive installation reveal new ideas. Her most recent focus results in global projects where she explores education, community, and largescale beaded works.
Sam is dedicated to preserving the tradition of handmade beaded art and conveys her passion to workshop participants and her students at The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA, where she and her husband, David Golden (a painter), live. She currently is a Professor at the Savannah location, served as an artist in residence at SCAD-Lacoste, France and helped open SCAD-Hong Kong. Prior to her teaching career she worked in a number of design-related industries. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking, and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Sculpture.