Maker Profile: Bishop Lines

I stopped dead in my tracks the day I stumbled upon the carefully designed chalkboard at a local haunt. Not only was the hand lettering top notch, there was catchy tag line and intricate related animals and plants. Not the every day chalkboard sign you see on the street; pure art. Which I learned later it more of a supplemental art that Bishop creates for clients. 

Aside from creating mesmerizing chalkboard work for local eateries, Megan Bishop is an illustrator from the Bay Area who currently resides in Humboldt County and is a recent Botany graduate from Humboldt State University. During her time in school she collaborated with professors on scientific illustrations for botanical journals and has recently been selected to work further on botanical journals.

I wanted to hear more about what inspires her creativity. Check out our Q & A below!

Maker Profile: Bishop Lines
Maker Profile: Bishop Lines
Maker Profile: Bishop Lines
Maker Profile: Bishop Lines
Maker Profile: Bishop Lines

Were you always hands on when you were younger? What clues did you have about your natural tendencies that led you do be a Creative?

I’ve always been a hands-on person and I have my parents to thank for that. Aside from the amazing art closet they supplied, we use to go on hikes and collect things like bones, rocks and feathers and look at them under the dissecting scope. Along with that, my sister was a volunteer and foster-care parent at a wildlife rehabilitation center, so we often had opossum, squirrels and raccoons in our house.

 

When did you decide to start your own business? And why this business?

I’ve been doing freelance work on the side since 2013, but didn’t really make Bishoplines into a more professional business until my last year in college. Once school started winding down I was able to dedicate more of my time illustrating for professors and designing posters for campus events.

 Freelancing is perfect for me right now seeing as I just graduated but am looking to get a second degree in graphic design. I’m using this time gain as and build my portfolio up as much as possible before going back to school. I plan on continuing my business once I go back in school.

 

What was the best piece of advice you were given as you were starting out?

I’ve been given a lot of amazing advice during my transition into this field, but my favorite comes from my father, who is a professional freelance photographer, “Know when to draw the line with someone. Money is nice, but it’s never worth giving up what’s important to you”. I feel very fortunate to have a father who has always been involved in my artistic endeavors and has so much experience in this line of work.

 

What do you do behind the scenes?

Most of my work has been in scientific illustration, which requires me to have a really firm grasp of the specimen or process I’m depicting, so my ‘behind the scenes’ tends to involve a lot of reading and research. The same thing goes for my personal work be it illustration or graphic design. The more information I have the easier it is for me to work and make a piece that meets my client’s criteria.

The research is honestly almost always the easiest part. The hard part is sitting down and translating that information to paper. A lot of people think that the minute my pencil hits the paper a hard copy of what’s in my mind is produced, but I could only dream of possessing such sorcery. All of my pieces start as incredibly crude lines that sometimes take a few hours to put down. Once those have been put down things start moving at a quicker pace. At that point I can put on David Bowie and cruise until I get where I need to be. Caffeine is a big factor in this.  

 

What is your inspiration for your work?

I would have to say my time spent in the sciences has inspired my work the most. I love learning about new organisms and sharing those things with other people through my work.

I’m also very much in love with blue prints. Whether they’re building or engine related, I love minute details and I try to replicate that level of accuracy in my work.

  

What is your goal during each project?

It’s really important to be as accurate as possible. I tend to work very meticulously and will obsessively work on something until it fulfills the accuracy I’m going for. This is especially true when it comes to working for a client.

 

What are you most looking forward to in your future work?

I’m really looking forward to working with more people. It’s incredibly fun meeting new people within the arts and sciences and I’m excited to do more collaborative pieces in the future.  

 

What are a few things people don’t know about you?

I speak a minimal amount of Russian, but aim to relearn that language, jumping spiders are one of the cutest creatures to me and I can eat more sauerkraut than anyone should in one sitting. 

 

 

Maker Profile: Bishop Lines
Maker Profile: Bishop Lines
Maker Profile: Bishop Lines

Maker Profile: Sarah Lesher

Sarah Lesher is a local artist in my area of Northern California. Working primarily with painting, printmaking, and design - but also known to experiment with textiles and surface design, sculpture, installation, and interior design. I love the way she uses soft feminine colors in contrast with strong geometric lines. I cannot imagine anything more perfectly feminine than that particular juxtaposition. 

You can see her work everywhere from Etsy to design on the nearest local boutique.  Like little splashes of good design all over town!

I wanted to know more about Sarah, her inspiration, and her design process. More below!

Maker Profile: Sarah Lesher

Were you always hands on when you were younger? What clues did you have about your natural tendencies that led you do be a Creative? 

I was super hands on as a kid. I loved drawing, painting, and dancing ballet. I was home schooled until sixth grade, so I spent a lot of time making art and doing creative things with my mom.

When did you decide to start your own business? And why this business?

I started a business about four years ago, a collaborative design studio called Metropolis/Wilderness. We did logo and package design and produced a small collection of tea towels and prints. One of our last projects was the complete design of a juice bar, and I had the opportunity to collaborate with a team of artists on the interior. After completing the project, I was drawn to explore more interior design, and was also ready to focus more on painting. Metropolis/Wilderness closed about six months ago, and after a few months of down time and planning, I opened my own business. I wanted to start my own design studio because at the moment it feels important to develop my own aesthetic, and explore how my painting and design work can inform and reflect one another. 

What was the best piece of advice you were given as you were starting out?

Some of the best advice one of my mentors gave me are to own your talents and don’t work for free. These are both things I have had to work hard at, and its still a process. It can be difficult to be confident in your work when you are just starting out, and its always fun to help your friends out when they are doing exciting projects.

Maker Profile: Sarah Lesher
Maker Profile: Sarah Lesher
Maker Profile: Sarah Lesher
Maker Profile: Sarah Lesher
Maker Profile: Sarah Lesher

What do you do behind the scenes?

Lots of different things, no two days are the same. I spend a lot of time finding and making imagery for projects, and have been photographing some industrial sites and buildings around Eureka, California for the past few years. Some days I spend all day working at my computer, other days I am in the studio making prints or paintings. I recently started some experiments with reclaimed wood, concrete, plants, and copper tubing for a new collection of handmade objects for the home. For the past year I have been designing a small live/work studio in the Buhne Building, a gorgeous historic Italianate in downtown Eureka. I’m constantly changing things around and trying out different paint colors. I supplement my income by gardening and working on a few farms, which I love because I really enjoy being around plants. I am also a firm believer in self-care, so I spend a good amount of time cooking really good food, going for walks with my dog, doing yoga, and relaxing.

Currently, I am working on some fun package design projects and a few things for the interior of the Minor Theater in Arcata. I just got back from Portland, Oregon, where I installed some screen printed paper in the windows of Shipwreck! Portland, scheduled to open this May. I’m also making new paintings for upcoming shows at Shipwreck! Portland this summer, and Stripe (in Santa Cruz, CA) in December.

Maker Profile: Sarah Lesher

What is your inspiration for your work?

Most of my inspiration for painting comes from modern architecture and industrial landscapes. Recently I have been particularly interested in modern architecture in Mexico, brutalist buildings, and concrete interiors. In terms of design, I am really drawn to clean, modern, and simple aesthetics.

What is your goal during each project?

My current goal when I am making paintings and prints is to aim for something that feels calm and expansive, while using images and forms from architecture and industrial landscapes. A lot of my work is about a subconscious dialogue between the human body and architectural space. I believe that being in the presence of really great architecture and interior space can inspire us profoundly, revealing to us the most ideal versions of ourselves. I am always trying to communicate these somewhat abstract ideas in my work. I use a lot of pastels and soft flat color because they make me happy, and compliment the geometric images of architecture.

When working on design projects, my goal is to create something that really expresses the personality of a product or company, while keeping the aesthetic as simple as possible.

What are a few things people don’t know about you?

I lived in Mexico for three and a half years, was born and raised in Humboldt County, California, I put butter on almost everything, and I can’t stand glossy wall paint.

 

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