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Meg Adamson is a Portland-based artist who has mesmerized her audience with delicate line work and dark twist on the beauties of nature. Her work has been transformed into local murals, music posters and even graced the digital pages of the esteemed Design*Sponge as it makes its way into the art scene. She continues to be inspired through nature as a means to interpret her artistic visions, and she is heavily involved with collaborations and self-described “precarious exploits.”

“I Made This For You” is a creepy but endearing twist on the rituals of friendship, a delicate but macabre reminder of the beauty of the natural and the things we all share. You can enjoy this design yourself in machine embroidery and hand embroidery formats.

Tell us a bit about your background -- what led you into art?

My mother is a talented artist, and I grew up watching her draw these crazy photo-realistic colored pencil drawings that looked like paintings and got really frustrated that I couldn't draw like that. So I keep trying; maybe one day I will get close. That and I'm not good at much else. It’s possibly the only thing that really makes sense to me, the thing that I can lose myself in.

You seem to work with a lot of similar themes. What inspires your designs?

Little discoveries, curiosity, the small things I know little about that spark an interest for knowledge and the connections made with the world give me inspiration. I feel like I'm learning a personal language with my imagery. Some things commonly repeated in every piece are like the "ands" "the's" and "of's" of my conversation and everything else that comes with that curiosity spark is like an extension of my vocabulary.

Tell us a bit about your design and the story behind it

This piece is called "I made this for you." It was done when I was thinking about friendship rituals, making connections, and celebrating the things you have in common with those closest to you.

What’s your studio/workspace like?

I work in downtown Portland at Trade Studios, a spacious, cozy, and tidy space I share with a group of talented painters, printmakers, and photographers. The diversity in mediums and creativity I am surrounded with is very inspiring, especially when we have the chance to collaborate with one another. There's always something interesting going on there.

If you were a Crayola color, what color would you be?

Probably Spring Green.


You can find more of Meg’s work on her website at www.megadamson.com.

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