|States of Undress No. 3|
Q: States of Undress plays with images of the female body, anatomy, and clothing (that is often being removed); what I like best about this series is that you explore these ideas with embroidery. What inspires you about the body (especially female), about stitching on clothing that is coming off? Where did this series begin, and how has it developed for you? How do your materials factor in?
A: I’ve always been more drawn to the female form than the male form, artistically-speaking. I went to school for fashion design, focusing primarily on women's wear, so drawing women is very natural to me. I love the curves: sensual and sinuous. The clothing also goes hand-in-hand with my background. Instead of just nudes, I like how they add a playfulness to the images, making a celebration of the women.
tumblr feed being filled with anatomical drawings which really struck a chord with me. I liked the idea of a piece where layers are coming off; first the shirt is removed, then the skin is removed to reveal her bones.
I had my husband shoot some photos for me to use as a template. After No. 1 and 2, I used some shots Aaron [note: Meghan’s husband, who is a photographer] had previously done for No. 3, 4, and 5. I just numbered them as part of the series, as I didn't really have any plans for these things. The more I stitch, the more I enjoy it, and the more ideas come to me. The series just keeps growing, and in between I'm creating other pieces that don't quite fit in the same vein as the "Undress" series.
I like keeping my background simple, hence the classic linen. The embroidery lends itself to my illustration-style: clean, crisp lines. The leather came into play as a way to play with fill-techniques. Also, from my former purse business, I have a surplus of leather. It's been fun to play with the illustration-style of the embroidery mixed with a more realistic effect with painting the leather.
|Cherry Lounging on a Settee|
All images courtesy of the artist. You can purchase some of her pieces here.