Meet the Maker: Megan Slawson
Megan Slawson has a deep history as a maker. She first worked alongside her sister, designing and crafting one-of-a-kindi dresses under their line Chasing Rainbows. She then began making jewelry under the brand Cosmic Thread. Today, her work has evolved into a collection of wearable art, sculpture and home goods made from natural raw materials under her current label, Native & Nomad.
Her work has been featured in 5280, 303 Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Knit-Wit Magazine and Milk.
Q: Do you recall the first piece you made?
Megan: The first ceramic piece I made that launched my exploration into the arched wall hanging, was a small matte black arch with tan fiber. It was for the Primitive Modern show I did with my sister, Taryn, at Svper Ordinary. It was recently featured in Milk Magazine - Decoration.
Q: Are you self taught?
Megan: I am self taught in the art of ceramics and am always learning new techniques from my peers. Sometimes I will make something that in my mind as see as one thing but someone else sees as another, which can be really inspiring and will push me towards developing that idea in something I never planned on.
Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Megan: I've always been creatively driven for as long as I can remember. My mom was an artist and also my art teacher from a young age. She taught me to draw and paint, which I explored for most of my young life along with sewing from a mentor. I studied apparel design in college, then pursued metalsmithing and later interior design. I am a self taught ceramicist and always seeking new paths for learning different mediums that I can incorporate into my work
Q: Where did you grow up?
Megan: I've lived in Colorado my whole life. I grew up in Evergreen and moved to Denver after studying in Fort Collins. I love the diversity of the mountains and the simplicity of the plains and landed in the middle in Denver, but my heart will also be in the mountains.
Q: Do you have a favorite place in the mountains you like to visit?
Megan: Growing up my parents would take my sister and I to this secret spot in Evergreen. My dad called it the Hob Knob Forest and we would sit by the river and have a picnic every weekend. I still visit it often, it's one of my favorite places to get lost in the woods and still feels magical to me.
Q: What album/song are you currently listening to?
Megan: Polo + Pan - Caravelle. I've had an affinity to French music lately and can't stop listening to this album
Q: It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?
Megan: Most likely a home project. My partner and I are slowly remodeling our house with our latest project being my studio. I love doing home projects and learning new skills and techniques. It's very satisfying to build or reconstruct the space you dwell in and add that handmade touch.
Q: What do you love most about what you do?
Megan: I love being an artist and expressing my creativity through a tangible medium. It's liberating to manifest my ideas into existence. I used to think that I had to find that one medium to pursue and find a title to call myself; painter, ceramicist, jeweler, whatever. It felt limiting and uncertain to know if I had chosen the right path. I now believe that art doesn't have be limited to one medium. I am constantly seeking new avenues of expression and skills and that will build on my creative repertoire.