Today’s Artist In The Limelight is Meghan Durno! Hello! We went to the same boarding school – I remember her as an artistic young lady and also a regular visitor to the textiles department. She has recently started an exciting business called Fabrication, where she sells lovely framed pieces. I am really liking the animal shapes on all of her pieces, maybe I should commission her to make me cat one!
Hey Meghan! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hey! I’m just coming round the idea of calling myself an artist! I am 22 years young, currently in third year of studying veterinary nursing at Edinburgh Napier University. I’m like a granny Rapunzel in my tower at home with my cats, family and my materials, as most of my friends live far away and I enjoy that aspect to my personality. And when I go on nights out, I make up for lost time. It’s just as well as I can only manage a night a month! I love sleep, gyozas (any oriental food actually), clothes! And my three cats.
How did you become an artist?
I’ve grown up making things (namely handbags from old jeans at the age of 9- terrible!) so I’ve always had an interest in craft. I studied textiles for my GCSEs and Alevels but I found I got frustrated with having to follow a specific criteria. I actually wanted to study textile design at university but during the interviews I realised again that I would feel trapped. I didn’t enjoy the feeling of handing my portfolio over to the ‘judges’, then being told that my work wasn’t what they were looking for- it wasn’t a nice feeling. that was when I decided to keep it as a hobby.
I stopped making things for a couple of years and only recently have I found exactly what it is I like making- the reason I’m on here!
How would you describe your art?
An eclectic mish mash of different applications and materials; felt, tartan, polycotton, paper, wood and occasionally, knitting. Just anything I come across that triggers an idea. I’m constantly collecting things that I ‘may have a use for one day’ including sweetie wrappers and train tickets. Each piece is different but they all have an underlying similarity.
Who or what inspires your work?
Is it bad to say that I get most of my inspiration from myself? Ideas for pieces tend to come when I’m driving or when I’m in bed and my mind wanders (these usually result in sleep-deprived nights when I just want to make it right away) when I’m actually making something, one piece will give me ideas for another one, which I write down in my ideas book. sometimes I struggle with how to piece something together and someone will say something & I’m like “eureka!” Although Pinterest is a good place I tend to go to if I’m looking for images. I follow crafty people on Instagram and seeing some of their businesses grow gives me inspiration for mine!
What is your favourite piece you have ever produced?
There are pieces I absolutely love and pieces that I haven’t been too proud of. I have a sentimental attachment to the first one I ever made but I don’t think I have a real favourite because each one is different.
Who is your favourite artist if you have one?
I’m not one for properly following major artists although I did go see a Jack Vettriano exhibition recently (lots of eyebrow furrowing and chin rubbing was present) which I enjoyed. I really like the style of David Hockney’s photo collage work- how he’s pieced each individual picture together to make one entire image is fascinating.
What advice or tips would you share with a fellow artist?
If there’s passion, there’s time to follow your dreams. You’re never too busy.