The Transformative Power of Making Things with Megan Auman

Megan Auman began her journey as an artist by studying metalsmithing.  The early foray into the work of a metalsmith led to making jewelry and most recently a transition into the world of textiles and fashion. Here are a few of the highlights from our chat.

  • An early look at Megan’s interest in jewelry and metalsmith work 
  • How to not lose your creative juices in the first place 
  • Why you must be prepared to create really bad art 
  • The sense of fulfillment that comes from making things with your hands
  • Working with a variety of artistic materials
  • Using a series of small successes to to grow as an artist 
  • Why should work on learning one new skill at a time 
  • Using a similar process and structure to create unmistakable 
  • The power of using creative constraints to make your art
  • Why Megan always believed that she could make living from her art
  • Learning to tolerate pain in the process of becoming successful 
  • Why you must come up with your own definition of impact
  • Learning to love the work you make and the art you create
  • How enthusiasm continually drives Megan’s art 
  • Making the shift to design a textile line 
  • The litmus test for your creative endeavors 
  • Learning to be yourself unapologetically 
  • Developing the courage required to launch bold ideas 
  • Why you don’t have to know what the end result is 
  • Learning to view everything in life as a great big experiment
  • Combining the experiences of your life to express yourself 
  • Finding the common thread between the art you create 

Megan Auman is a designer, artist and educator who was trained as a metalmsmith. She designs for women who want to be effortlessly bold.  


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