Packed with hopes to travel the world and bring art that lasts, Megan Hindley, also known as Stedhead, is a versatile artist whose works have been featured in different group shows, galleries, and organization, such as Juno in Shoreditch, Notting Hill’s Portobello Film Festival, D&AD, Street Fest and UpFest in Bristol, and among many others. She’s been living the dream more and more since finishing her BA in Illustration in Glyndwr University, Wales. Drawing inspiration from all walks of life brings Stedhead a true undeniably clean aesthetic vision to her mind.
What makes you busy while drawing great inspiration?
I’ve been doing a lot of sign writing recently which has been a nice change and I’m really enjoying that. I’ve also got a couple of exhibitions coming up this year so I’m working on a new body of work for them. You’ll also see me producing a lot of street art this year.
A lot of things inspire me the most so I will just going to list some—people, situations, dreams, animals, nature, pattern, feelings, emotions, exhibitions, parties, big walks, and music. All of these things can spark an idea out of nowhere. I just log it into my brain and jot it down whenever I have a pen and paper. I compile lists of words, ideas, and doodles.
What is your idea of a great art?
Sometimes it’s the simplest thing, a little humour, good use of colour or composition, or it could be this incredible masterpiece on the streets or in a gallery that can make you stop and be like ‘wow.’ I want something I can watch all day. My idea of a ‘great art’ is a piece that I can study over and over and never get bored.
Where did you grow up and how did this influence your art?
I grew up on the Isle of Man, surrounded by nature, and beautiful views and I was always outside as a kid. I think this definitely influenced my art. But my biggest influence and inspiration comes straight from my Dad. He’s very creative and a brilliant artist too. He’s made some wonderful carvings out of wood and breeze blocks. My parents’ house is like a well thought out shop of weird and wonderful curiosities. Every time I go home I notice something new and inspiring. Dad’s music collection is awesome too. I’m very lucky to have grown up inspired by all of this.
How long have you been doing your craft and how did you start doing them?
I’ve always been drawing. The Isle of Man College was amazing. I was forever in the print making room. I’ve got a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration, but that was very much self-taught.
What is a bad piece of art?
It’s bad when it’s blatantly ripping off somebody else’s work.
How would you describe your style and technique in illustration?
I think my style is quite organic. I’m a lot more confident these days. I don’t hesitate anymore. I just go with it. I do a lot of line work and most of my illustrations are influenced by the things I see and the music I hear. There is a lot of movement and flow in my works while having a seldom subtle dark humour behind it. I often have a laugh at some of the works I produce.
What’s your goal as an artist?
To be able to travel around the world while I make art until I’m scattered as dust.
Three things you can’t live without
I love food, I love dogs, and I love music. I need music every time I draw. It’s what gets me going that can instantly put me in a good mood while producing my best pieces. Three is a bit stingy though!
With different things going on, what else do you want to learn and how do you want your art style to grow?
I’d love to learn more about sculpture and making my own masks. I think that would take me to the next level. And I’d love to learn old school Japanese printing techniques.
Let’s talk about your secret walls experience. How was it?
It has been a fun and intense challenge! 90 minutes on the clock, 7ft x 7ft canvas, black Posca pens and brush and ink—battling it out in front of a large crowd at The Proud Archivist in Hagerstown. I got through the the quarterfinals where I beat my mate Ali Hamish. I’m now through to the semifinals in July, so now I can enjoy watching the next quarterfinals. I can’t wait to see who I’ll be up against in the semifinals.
Your favorite british moment
When Nicola Adams won Gold in the 2012 Olympics. It was such an inspiration for a woman. Every time I watch David Attenborough on TV is always a favourite British moment. What a legend!
Your favorite comfort food
My guilty pleasure is a crisp butty. I’m generally pretty healthy and whatever I make will look nice and taste good. I’m a sucker for food porn on Instagram.
Three countries you want to visit for leisure and art inspiration
Japan and China. Both countries and cultures fascinate me. From what I’ve seen and heard, they look absolutely beautiful. Also their art history is incredibly inspiring to me. I would love to have an adventure in both of these countries in the next couple of years. Lastly, I’ve always wanted to visit Easter Island to see those big heads ever since I was young.
“Don’t stop. Be positive. Push yourself and enjoy it.”
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This interview was originally featured in DOODLE ARTS January-March 2016 Art Issue. Read the full interview in our digital edition.