It’s not as egocentric as it sounds…
On my last trip to NYC, I finally got to meet Tsurufoto‘s lovely wife Meghan a.k.a. Tsurubride. Our meeting was a long time in the making. Tsuru had told me many stories about his Canuck counterpart, and additionally, I had seen her beautiful work on the Internet. I soon discovered she’s even more rad in person – and she likes cupcakes 😉
Here is a selection of Questions and Answers, taken from the fantastic interview conducted by Erotic Art Lover.
Talking to artist…: Meghan Willis
Meghan Willis is a female textile artist who builds and extends the long and well-established embroidery craft tradition with innovative techniques and unusual content. Rather than twee little floral compositions or flat geometric patterns Willis works with different kinds of textures and shading and she is intent on giving her 2D designs a 3D feel.
|Oral Fixation: Cupcakedujour by Meghan Willis
Her highly unconventional (in embroidery terms) designs of ladies in various stages of undress are fun and humous but also beautiful and delicate. It is particularly interesting to see the tranformation from idea to finished embroidery in a piece like “Cherry Lounging on a Settee” (Check out the Pdf to see this piece).
|Peek-A-Boo © Meghan Willis
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Meghan Willis:All over! Number one source is probably my husband’s (Aaron Tsuru) photography (tsurufoto.com). I also love to search tumblr for images that spark something. Museums, books, friends, etc.
© Aaron Tsuru
How do you prepare a piece? Do you use a sketchbook?
Oral Fixation: Firecracker © Meghan Willis
A couple different ways. Sometimes I’ll take one of Aaron’s photos directly and use that as a template. Or I’ll put together a collage of images that I find inspiring (for poses, colors, etc.) and then either have him shoot something specific for me, or I’ll shoot something specific. I don’t have a conventional sketch book anymore.
How do you relax?
Conveniently enough, I find embroidering really relaxing. Also, reading, hanging with my love, going for walks, scrolling on the interwebs, haha!
To read more about Meghan and her work – download the PDF featuring the rest of the interview and more titilating treats right here.