What initially attracted me to Megan’s shop, Studio M.M.E., was this Victorian tea party because I love Victorian, anything Victorian! What made me enjoy her shop even more was not only her obvious talent as an artist; but, her knack for storytelling. Her descriptions are as engaging as her art; Megan is a creative writing major, and her skills are evident throughout her shop as both an artist and a writer. Obviously plenty of thought into Studio M.M.E. and I hope you will take the time to visit her on Etsy; you will be happy that you did.
Megan’s shop consists of pen inkings such as this haunting print named “Fears Uncloaking” inspired for the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The shop also has interesting prints, notebooks, and cards any of which would make lovely gifts for someone who has it all.
Below is my interview with Megan from Sutdio M.M.E.
Q. Tell me a little about yourself.
A. I'm a senior in the art and creative writing programs at Minnesota State University Moorhead. I love fairy tales, Edward Gorey, and cats. I've been baffling my professors with my pen and ink techniques since I arrived and only started selling prints of my work in January, when my mother set the criteria that in order to pursue my artsy degrees, I had to start a business.
Q. How long have you been crafting?
A. I've been drawing ever since I was a child. My father used to oil paint so I grew up with nude models books all around the house. I started crafting just a few months ago, when I discovered that I could upcycle all the children's books the library was selling into OOAK envelopes.
Q. What are your inspirations?
A. I'm certainly inspired by the books I read. Fantasy is always my favorite. Another great muse for me is my boyfriend, who is always saying weird things like, "I think you'd make a good Saami reindeer herder." And next thing I know, I'm illustrating it. He's also the inspiration for my crafts. It's always him who says, "Why not make ..."
Q. What goals/plans do you have for your shop in the near future?
A. I'd really like to find an artisan who can turn my illustrations into jewelry. I don't have the skills to turn my work into pendants. So, if anyone's interested, please let me know!
Q. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
A. My favorite item right now is this new notebook I made from the backing of 60 year old film.
I found the old Kodak Duaflex camera in my grandma's closet and was able to use up the last 6 shots from the expired film. Prints of those photos are also in my shop. Then, I decided to use up the film backing too and made this cool notebook. It even has a velcro clasp!
Megan has a wonderful blog to visit as well. With her skill with the pen, it is sure to be an engaging read!
Since this Studio M.M.E. has so many Victorian / period items, what better place for a perfect video; from the Virgin Queen... Enjoy!