NYC with Megan

Ladies and gents, I'd like to introduce my intern Megan, a senior Fabric Design student at the University of Georgia. I don't usually take on interns as I've found in the past that it can be almost as much work managing even really great people than just doing something myself. Megan seemed really passionate about learning anything she could though and she's been a huge help, more than I expected! She just went to New York on a Fabric Design school trip, and has kindly agreed to share her experience. I receive a lot of emails from students asking how to get into surface design*, so I am sure you guys will love to dive into this trip with her. It looks like so much fun that I wish I could have gone too! Thanks Megan!

*My advice is to look for programs like SCAD's Fibers or Georgia's Fabric Design BFA degrees. Good luck!

Hello lovelies! My name is Megan, I’m a coffee-obsessed art student who happens to be the current studio intern for the wonderful Karla Pruitt! I love bright colors, tulips, and anything related to my bunny rabbit, Lucy. I’m a senior at the University of Georgia in Athens, and I hope to someday have my own studio! In order to gain more practical experience before I head into the real world, I researched local artists and contacted Karla about helping out around the studio. One of the best ways to learn is by watching someone else before you try something yourself, and now I have a unique opportunity to watch and learn about how to operate the kind of studio and business that I might want to start in the future. As an intern, I clean up artwork and format files, research marketing strategies, and discuss ideas about future products. I gain practical experience through real work, but still build on my skills by asking questions and fixing any mistakes I make. We’ve been working on some exciting new products with some beautiful floral patterns— I can’t wait for everyone to see! 

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I just got back from a trip to New York City with my fabric design classmates and my head is spinning with all the inspiration and career options that I’ve discovered! First off, the city was amazing— especially coming from such a quiet home in Georgia. There was street art everywhere, gorgeous architecture and beautiful fashion everywhere I looked! This piece had me swooning when we saw it and I’m so glad my friend took this panoramic photo because I can foresee a lot of work inspired by this! 

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We had the wonderful opportunity to tour a lot of different studios and companies while we were in New York, and even got some much needed advice about applying for jobs and creating our portfolios. At Le Studio Anthost in Brooklyn we even got to see some textiles that were headed to the bridal fashion runway— but unfortunately we couldn’t take photos, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!

The Robert Allen studio was beautiful, and they showed a lot of fabrics inspired by historic asian textiles (gorgeous!). It was also great to see that concept/inspiration boards aren’t just something they make you do in school- they’re really used to focus the direction of a project in a job setting

Our final tour was at Flavor Paper (also in Brooklyn), and their studio almost made me lose my mind. Their design aesthetic is bright and colorful, with metallics and neons, and their design philosophy bucks trends in favor of whatever seems fun. Their collections for Tibi, Milton Glaser, and Lenny Kravitz were stunning. Their collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is probably my favorite thing in the world right now— and new work based on artwork by Warhol should keep coming for a while! They even had pillows made with their patterns sitting on the visitors couches. Everything in their showroom was dazzling!