Talent alert!! Megan Read completely wowed us with her whimsical illustrative patterns, and not just due to the painstaking detail found in her work (which alone is quite something to behold!) But on top of that Megan also has a masterful sense of color and utilizes unexpected palettes to transform her sophisticated designs into something playful, fresh and trend-forward. Count us as major fans!
“I am a surface pattern designer and illustrator from Yorkshire and I have always had a pen or pencil in my hand since I can remember. I have continued to develop on my drawing skills all the way through my degree at Leeds College of Art, where I have spent the past three years studying Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design. The focus to my design work is therefore centred on creating original hand drawn designs that are intricately bold in style. I have focused on wallpapers and interior fabrics for my degree show, as not only do I have a love for interiors, I think they are a great place to create an exciting environment and to challenge aesthetics.
My latest collection entitled ‘Opulent Botanic’ is conceptually and trend inspired by the 18th Century Baroque period. This has allowed me to create striking designs that combine traditional and ornamental inspiration with bold illustrations and luxury finishes such as gold screen print overlays, which in turn create a contemporary reference to the design period.
My highly developed digital skills using the Adobe software, allow me to further edit, assemble and print my designs to allow the original qualities of my drawings to be enhanced and printed directly. Although I am fully advanced in digital drawing, I still find that there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the original hand drawn imagery all pulled together into one design.
My latest collection ‘Opulent Botanic’ will be exhibited at the Leeds College of Art degree show on the 10th-16th June (excluding Sundays) and at the prestigious New Designers in London, from the 29th June- 2nd July at stand T14.