Meet the Maker: Megan Combs - Stitch & Shutter

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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?

 
 
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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?

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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?

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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?

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Megan: Minimal. Modern. Intentional.


Q: Do you recall the first piece you made? If so, how did it turn out?

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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?

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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?

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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.