Knitwear and Photography: Little Nut Meg Productions
It turns out I have a lot of creative clients and people in my life! Meet Meghan Jones-Van Eyck of Little Nutmeg Productions.
I am very fortunate to have a rad sister-in-law with an awesome family who we love very much! My husband's family are oozing with creativity and artistic genes (although my husband will never admit it, he also has this DNA!).
When I met my husband's family, they spoke about knitting, quilting, embroidery, and other "fabric arts" quite a bit. I put "fabric arts" in quotes because that was the first time I realized that was even a thing.
To put it in perspective, my dance costumes growing up were glue gunned together by my mother who could barely sew a button (Whatever. The costumes only had to last until I got off the stage). I can sew on a button, but that is where my knowledge and skills related to anything with fabric, thread, or domestication stop.
As soon as I heard the term, "fabric art," and saw the masterpieces that Meghan designed and created from scratch (like we are talking spinning to yarn...another thing I didn't know people did) I wholeheartedly agreed that it was an accurate term. The creations Kevin's family create are absolutely works of art which require vision, creativity, and physical skill. Like photography, it is a balance between logic and creativity. Knitting takes math skills!
Meghan is my husband's oldest sister. She lived in Edmonton until moving to Calgary to attain her BFA in Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design.
This is also where she met her future husband. Seth was serving in the Canadian Armed Forces at the time. Meghan and Seth found they had similar interests (more about Seth in another post; he is also a creative and artistic dude!)
Seth and Meghan moved to Texas and then to Washington after Seth served in the United States Military.
Meghan started Little NutMeg Productions (the name makes me smile every time) which is an Independent Knitting and Design company. Meghan designs intricate, unique and beautiful patters for magazines, online publications, and books that are published internationally. It also means I get awesome knit gifts for Christmas.
Meghan takes very good photos of her products and patterns with her Pentax DSLR. Often professionals hire professionals as, not only can they delegate some of the work, but a different eye and creative brain can put a twist on the project. Meghan has contracted me a couple times to do photography for her knitwear designs. The other cool thing about hiring someone for this is that it means she could be the model and display the items how she feels they are meant to be seen.
Originally we shot some of the products in the Edmonton area in October, 2015, and then again in Washington in the summer of 2016. Check out my Knitwear gallery to see a few of the ones I can share so far!
Meghan is another artistic, inspiring, and brave soul that I have had the privilege of having gained through my marriage! It takes courage to follow your heart, take risks, and run your own business. This is especially true when your business involves art; art is often undervalued. Meghan continues to wow the knitting and fabric arts community with her very intricate and unique designs while displaying them in a way through her designs that knitters can create a great final product. I am told that many of her products are not for the beginner knitter...I wouldn't know what that looks like because it all looks like Greek to me...but I can see the final product is amazing. I know it is a beautiful piece of art that takes talent, passion, skill, planning, and creativity poured into it to allow it to materialize.
Meghan and her family still reside in Washington with their 3 adorable kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and chickens! She has also taken up teaching classes on different mediums of fabric arts in the United States and Canada.
I love her blog posts as well that speak about her inspirations! The references to the prairies and her family make my husband and I feel like our American family is closer to home! Reading her blog, it is apparent that Meghan is passionate about her craft and that goes into every piece she makes and designs.
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