Creative Introduction: Studio M.M.E.

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{All images: Megan Eckman of studiomme on Etsy}

Today we meet Megan of Studio MME – home to delightfully drawn “prints of … original illustrations, canvas bookmarks, note cards, and a few notebooks”, influenced by the stories of The Grimms and Edward Gorey from her childhood.

Welcome Megan – and thanks for sharing your story with us!

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I’m a pen and ink illustrator living in sunny California, though I’m far too pale to live here since I come from generations of North Dakotans who don’t see sunlight for six months of winter. I’m also a freelance recipe writer for Backpacker magazine and a bi-weekly business writer for IndieMade (http://www.indiemade.com).

2. How did you come up with the name Studio MME?
Studio MME is simply my initials: Megan M. Eckman. I always got in trouble in kindergarten when the teacher asked us to sign our work with our initials. She’d always have to demand, “Who put ‘me’?” Me!

3. How long have you been in business?
I’ve been in business for two years now.Lost Couple

4. Where do you find the inspiration for your designs?
I have one of those dangerous overactive imaginations (I’ve now trained my boyfriend to close the closet doors before we go to bed) so I’m constantly thinking up crazy things like fish that can grant three wishes or people who collect geese. I’m also constantly trying to figure out how the world works, which leads to many interesting ideas.

5. How would you describe your style?
Quirky. Haha. My work is humorous and cute but also highly detailed and technical.

6. What are your favourite materials/techniques?
I’m in love with pen and ink but recently I’ve branched out into screenprinting and I now have a new line of canvas pillowcases in my shop.

7. What does being creative mean to you?
Being creative means listening to the universe and opening up to its possibilities. The universe wants us to be creative; all we have to do is let it work through us. Creativity is only considered extraordinary because many of us have been trained since childhood to ignore it or see it as frivolous when really it’s the best way to live your life!

8. Can you describe the time when you first realised that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I don’t think there was a specific moment. I’ve been drawing since I was little so it was never an option for artwork to NOT be part of my life. After I moved to California and picked up a part-time job, I realized I was not made for a normal job. It is boring and unchanging and not nearly as engaging as making a work of art.

Tumbling Tiger Pillow

9. What’s your favourite thing that you’ve ever created?
Ooh, hard question. To be honest, my favourite piece is always the last one I’ve created. I know it’s silly, but that’s the truth. So, right now, my ‘Tumbling Tiger’ pillowcases are my favourite piece.

10. What medium would you love to pursue but haven’t as yet?
I’d love to learn how to digitally paint. I have a Wacom tablet so now I just need a book and some time to sit down and read it.

Thanks so much Megan – and I quite like your pillow cases as well 🙂

Want to see more Studio MME?  You can find Megan and her works at the following places:
Website: http://www.studiomme.com
Etsy shop: http://www.studiomme.etsy.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/studiomme

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2 Responses to Creative Introduction: Studio M.M.E.

  1. Jeanne/J3Jewelry April 11, 2011 at 11:04 AM #

    I like her art! I must think about doing an artist interview on my own blog… maybe when I get more followers, though. 🙂 Nice blog!

    • Tasha Chawner April 12, 2011 at 3:46 PM #

      Thanks Jeanne – I agree with you, Megan’s art is great!
      Artist interviews are heaps of fun too. A great way to get to know fellow creatives. Don’t be afraid to start asking people now though – because it is also a great way to make more people aware of your blog.
      Cheers,
      Tasha

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