Meghann Rader has the kind of Etsy shop that I find myself completely enthralled with. Hence, I was thrilled to see her add some fresh handmade pieces to her collection. The level detail that Meghann infuses into each of her wearable art pieces is truly incredible.
Her work is inspired by the lush trees and mountains that surround her in Port Alberni, British Columbia, situated on Vancouver Island. Every item in her wonderful collection is a masterpiece. Megan recently answered a few questions about her creative process, inspiration and goals:
1. What inspired you to begin your collection?
When I started out I was only selling original artwork which proved to be very difficult. I wanted to make my work more accessible to a larger audience so I decided to start turning my work into wearable art.
2. Can you name a favorite source of inspiration?
Most of my work is inspired by the green conifer tree lines and wildlife that surround my home on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada.
3. What materials do you love to use?
I love to work small and detailed. I use mostly pencil, watercolour and acrylic and can usually be seen holding an tiny brush, and ex-acto knife or a very thin mechanical pencil.
4. Do you have a dream collaborator?
I don’t think I could manage working with a dream collaborator. When the pressure is on I have a tendency to second guess myself to the point where I can’t produce anything. There are many artist’s who I would love to just be or have been around and learn from, Paul Klee, Helen Frankenthaler, Peter Doig to name a few.
5. When you need a musical muse, who do you turn up the volume for?
For me silence is golden. I usually prefer to turn the volume down.
6. How do you use social media/blogging to promote your work?
I have a website with a blog where I post updates about my work and a somewhat neglected Facebook page. For me the best form of promotion has been learning to take good photos of my work. Good photo’s get noticed by bloggers, on sites like Pinterest and especially by customers.
7. Where do you see your shop going?
I currently spend my days woodworking and in my spare time I run my Etsy shop. I’d like to keep it that way for now. I know that if I get too caught up in the business side of things that having my shop won’t be fun anymore. The best part about it is that I get to be creative and make things. I don’t want to change that.
I really like Meghann’s list of artists she would like to work with. And there is something to be said about working in silence. Why not head over to her shop and pick up a piece of her wearable art pieces for yourself?