Saturday, July 26, 2008
This Weeks Featured Artist
This week I am happy to tell you about artist Meagan Schafer.
The first time I held one of her pendants in my hand I was mesmerized by the detail and simplicity of her work.
Each piece creates a sense of wonder. "How did she do that with a piece of wood"? Was the exact thought that I had.
Just the uniqueness of each creation is reason to own one.
These wooden pieces look and feel great against your skin, and there is something really fantastic about wearing art that has a part of nature as its inspiration.
Say hello to Meagan....
I live in Vancouver, BC Canada with my partner Daryl, who shares my love of woodworking. I have a BFA from Emily Carr University where I studied mostly photography.
I wasn’t really feeling the photography so I continued my education at Camosun College in Victoria, BC where I studied Fine Furniture. This was my first exposure to ‘real woodworking’ and I’ve been hooked ever since.
In the four years since completing school, I’ve worked for other people building custom furniture, but in my spare time I was working on building and outfitting my own wood shop.
During the times that I didn’t have room or tools to
be building furniture, I started playing around with making jewelry and it has been snowballing ever since.
Right now I work at Emily Carr University part time as a wood shop technician mostly in the Industrial design wood shop, which means that I supervise and assist students in the wood shop.
I love being back in the school environment with all the great ideas floating around. I do the work because I love it, but I’m also glad to be an example to so many young people to think twice about gender appropriate rolls.
When I’m not at my ‘day job’, I’m in my own shop usually making jewelry, or I’m working on our house, which is in constant need of attention.
I love the balance of having a part time job as well as my own business. I enjoy the social aspect of working with the people at school but I also enjoy the solitude and freedom of working on my own. I’m tickled that people enjoy my jewelry. I hope people love it for what it is but also for what it represents. It’s a mass produced world we live in and I hope people feel great about wearing something that was hand made in a sustainable, responsible way; up here in an igloo in Canada- just kidding!