Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Artist Profile: Meagan Claire Hall + Sasha Barr = Wonder Thunder

Tell me a bit about yourself name, location, affiliations, personal stuff.
Wonder Thunder is a collaborative effort between Meagan Claire Hall and Sasha Barr, two Tennessee transplants living in Seattle, WA. We're proud parents of a grey tabby cat named Fatty, Sr.

happy vegetable reuseable bags - red

Apart from creating art, what do you do?
We enjoy fermenting pickles, making yogurt, baking, summer bike rides, planting plants, and trips to Goodwill. Sasha has a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Memphis, works as a freelance designer/ illustrator, and is part of the art department at Sub Pop Records. Meagan has a BFA in Fibers from the Appalachian Center for Crafts, is currently studying herbal sciences, and runs another Etsy store, Asteria Gems.

mini prints - set of 9

What first made you want to become an artist?
It runs in our families. Meagan's mother is a metalsmith and her father once moonlighted as a blacksmith. Sasha's parents have degrees in printmaking and ceramics. It's in our blood.

little forest pillow - orange

Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.
All of our illustrations start out with pen and paper, and are digitally manipulated for screen-printing. We buy fabric in bolts and screen-print our illustrations directly onto it. The fabric is then ironed, sewn, and assembled into the finished products.

carrot placemat - set of 4

What artists have influenced you and inspire you to create?
Obviously this could be a HUGE list, so we'll keep it short and simple. Jim Henson creations, Edward Gorey, Evan Hecox, Tyler Stout, Cayce Zavaglia, and Harry Whittier Frees!

mini octopus pocket friend plush

Where else can people find your work?
We currently sell online, in our Etsy shop and in a number of stores across the USA:

20Twenty- Ballard, Seattle, WA
Bluebottle Gallery and Store- Seattle, WA
Fontanelle, Portland- OR
Sugaree's- Murfreesboro, TN
Renegade Handmade- Chicago, IL
Schmancy- Belltown, Seattle, WA
Tender Loving Empire- Portland, OR
Wholly Craft- Columbus, OH
Young Blood Boutique and Gallery- Atlanta, GA

All photos are by and copyright of Wonder Thunder--they were real nice and let me borrow 'em--thanks, guys!


MagicMarkingsArt said...

Nice ARTicle...love their art prints.
Thanks for sharing their work!

The Stapelia Company said...

I love Wonder Thunder! Those mini prints and that stuff octopus are wonderful. Thank you for featuring them. :)

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