My name is Megan, I am a 24 year old living in Wisconsin. I completed my undergraduate degree this year in Costume Construction. I have always loved fashion history and making things with my hands and I found that costume let me explore both of those things more extensively. At the moment I work in a bridal shop doing alterations, but I am also interested in making my own gowns someday, maybe with a vintage flare. I love experimenting with different textiles and prints in combination as well as looking at old photographs and fashion plates for inspiration. I would have to say my favorite era is the 1910’s or anything art nouveau! I love watching documentaries, listening to podcasts while I’m working on stuff. I loved to travel and have actually been in a long distance relationship for over two years. He lives in the UK, and I like in the US, so there is quite a long distance between us, but we try to stay close. That is where I found inspiration to make flag pillows. This world is so big, we should try to see as much as we can while we are here.
Tell us a little bit about how you came up with the idea for Sea Foam and Frigg.
Sea Foam and Frigg started being just something I wanted to do for fun. I love mixing textiles and colors, and I wanted to change up the traditional flags of the world, and try to make them customizable. Everyone has their own connections to different places, whether they were born there, traveled there, or are just dying to go someday! The world is such a big place, and I think different places we visit really sit close to our hearts.
Your pillows and canvases are designed after flags from all over the world. Have you done a lot of traveling? What are some of your favorite places you’ve visited?
I have been fortunate enough to see several countries in Europe. Some of my favorite places are Switzerland, France, and England (Where my boyfriend lives). I know it’s cliche but Paris will always have a special place in my heart, after spending a summer there alone, my love for art has definitely grown! Musee D’Orsay is one of my favorite museums I’ve been too.
What are some tips you would give to anyone who wants to start their own business?
Make a product you are proud of, don’t just pick something that will sell, make it your own. And if it doesn’t go so well, thats when you can adapt and change your product. Just be true to you, and know that everything you make is not wasted if it doesn’t work out, its all a learning experience.
Also, get to know your customers, why is this item special to them, who do they have in mind when buying it. It makes everything worth it, knowing that someone will cherish your item, and add their own meaning to it.
Describe your perfect setting for designing and making your products.
Any room with a large work table! I am kind of scatter brained and need to have everything spread out in front of me! Put on some music or my favorite podcast (Stuff You Should Know), that always makes working even more enjoyable.
How do you find inspiration?
With my flag pillows, it all comes down to the colors of the flag of each country, and then I go to the fabrics and prints, and mix and match for a while until I find some combinations I like.
What are some of your favorite hobbies and interests?
My favorite hobbies and interests are sewing or drawing, and anything fashion history.
Who are some creative women who have inspired you in your life?
My grandma was a very talented sewer, as well as my aunt, she made my mothers wedding dress, I like to think i have some of their talents in my veins, but it also comes with a lot of hard work.
What is the best creative advice you have been given?
Don’t be afraid to be creative or to try something new or different. With art, it can be daunting sometimes, and the sense of failure can be very strong sometimes when creating something. but realizing that as along as you are proud of what you make, you can never be wrong.
What are some difficulties, if any, you’ve found starting your business? How have you overcome them?
Finding the perfect way to take photos of your product. That’s been hardest for me. Battling with lighting and environment has been hard at times, but it’s all trial and error.
What is your favorite thing about being a woman?
I think women are intuitive, we can sense how people feel, and notice small mannerisms in others that others may miss, I think emotion and creativity go hand in hand. Art and creation is what makes living beautiful, and it can capture emotions that can’t be put to words.
Be sure to check out Megan’s online shop as well as her beautiful website featuring the costumes she’s designed.