Meet the Maker: Megan Combs - Stitch & Shutter
Megan’s goal with her products is to combine traditional craftsmanship with modern yet timeless designs. She’s stuck somewhere between modern and classic designs. S&S may be offering leather goods, but these aren't your traditional leather goods. The pieces in the Stitch & Shutter collection aren't inspired by a Western style but rather they are informed by Megan’s fine art and fashion background.
Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Megan: I decided I would be an "artist" when I was about 4-years-old. I didn't know it would look like this, I think I pictured being a painter in a little attic studio.
Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?
Megan: I really enjoy working on the cutout pieces because the process is a little more free but I'd say my all-time favorite is the O-Ring Shoulder Bag.
Q: Where did you grow up? If outside of Colorado, how did you end up here?
Megan: I grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania and moved to Colorado after I graduated from college. My husband and I had both traveled here before and loved everything it had to offer so we packed up our cars and were Denver-bound shortly after graduating.
Q: What are three words you would use to best describe your work?
Megan: Minimal. Modern. Intentional.
Q: Do you recall the first piece you made? If so, how did it turn out?
Megan: A friend asked me to make a leather baldric for his GOT Ice Sword so I got some leather, rivets, a buckle, dye, and a few tools and just dove in. It turned out pretty well, and since I had so many leather tools and some scraps from that project I decided to keep at it.
Q: It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?
Megan: We just bought our home so there's a lot of remodeling going on around here most weekends. If we make it out of the house it's most likely for a hike or a camping trip with our pups, Shiva and Ruxin.
Q: Are you self taught? If not, did you learn from a mentor?
Megan: I'm self taught. I just sort of figured things out in my own way as I went along and if there was something I wasn't quite sure about, well you can always find it on YouTube.