When Meagan Morrison turned 25, she decided to start a blog dedicated to the three things she can’t live without: traveling, drawing and writing.
Now, her blog Travel Write Draw is a place where you can follow her adventures as well as see her original paintings. Meagan received a AAS in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology, which explains her knack for making stylish pieces. Her talent led to collaborations with a number of major clients including Urban Outfitters to Armani.
To help us celebrate the World Cup, she guest curated a special collection for us called the Colors of Brazil Collection. I caught up with Meagan to chat about her guest curated collection, her adventures in Rio de Janeiro and more.
Also check out the awesome illustrations she created exclusively for UGallery!
Tell us a little bit about your special Colors of Brazil collection.
When I first discussed a possible guest curation with the UGallery team, I knew I wanted to put a special twist on the collaboration. I wanted to do something that reflected my love and personal brand of travel meets fashion art. Having just visited Rio de Janeiro in March, and with the World Cup fast approaching, I started thinking about curating works of art that embodied the lively colors of Brazil I experienced a few months ago. That eventually led to me creating a series of illustrations that each reflected a distinct element of Rio that I fell in love with.
The piece Favela Fever draws inspiration from the gorgeously colored and cascading urban homes in the hills of Rio. The illustration Tijuca is painted in honor of the hand-planted rainforest that hugs the winding road to Corcovado and Cristo Redentor. The last piece, I Am Ipanema, references an aerial view of Ipanema Beach, from the bright umbrellas to the jade colored waters. Brazil marries beach, nature, and urban life so seamlessly and does so with no shortage of color and passion. The city is brimming with character everywhere you go!
Speaking of colors, do you have a favorite one?
It is SO hard to choose just one. Vibrant, saturated colors are always at the forefront of my illustrative style. Color is how I primarily express myself. But if I had to choose I would say Blood Orange. I know it has been trending for a while in fashion but it is one color that always packs a punch!
What was the most memorable part of your trip to Rio de Janeiro?
Everything from Rio is memorable. From the moment our airplane kissed the mountains in the sky on our arrival landing, I knew Rio would never leave me. Eating brunch at Caffe Terzetto with my boyfriend minutes from Ipanema Beach and watching the locals go about their day, riding the cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain and seeing the planes fly in over the water, watching the sunset over all of Rio de Janeiro from under the shadow of Christ the Redemeer in Corcovado, getting lost on our way to the beautiful tiled steps of Escadaria Selaron in Lapa, painting on the beach of Copacabana while using a coconut shell as my water cup… I could go on and on. Rio lives with me in my heart.
I Am Ipanema
Did you see art while you were there?
Everywhere in Rio feels like a work of art. It is a treasure chest of inspiration for an artist/illustrator. The walls are lined in street art and gorgeous blue and white portuguese mosaic tiles. The juxtaposition of contemporary design with a backdrop of dilapidated buildings and colorfully painted houses looks like a gorgeous landscape painting everywhere you go.
Officially though, we did visit the Museum of Modern Art MAM Rio and saw the installation of Ron Mueck’s ginormous hyper-realist sculptures. But perhaps the best work of art we saw was by the Chilean-born artist Jorge Selaron and his famous steps Escadaria Selaron. For all Pharrell and Snoop Dogg fans out there, this is where the music video for the song Beautiful was filmed back in 2003!
What are some of your favorite pieces in your UGallery collection?
I discovered so many incredible new artists as a result of this collaboration. It was amazing to me just how harmoniously the 30 distinctly different pieces I selected felt together. My favorite works and artists to watch are Dream Catcher by Ben and Sheena George, The Blue Hat Box by Victoria Bearden, Isabelle by Haydee Torres, and Blue Palm Trees (Vertical Composition) by Suren Nersisyan.
If you could have a second home anywhere in the world where would that be?
I love this question! Being asked it makes it feel like less of a dream and more of a goal or intention. If I had to chose I would probably say Paris because I’ve visited so many times that it has started to feel like a second home and yet somehow still manages to keep me feeling like a total alien too. But then there is Mykonos, Ibiza, or Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s villa in Portofino… a girl can wish right?!