2019 EDGE: Meyghan Hill
Her work is unapologetically sultry and unbreakable. And so she.
Everyone knows Meyghan Hill, even if they’ve never seen her face. She’s the quintessential archetype of a woman, once hurt, who transforms something negative into a positive re-awakening. But this is no Hallmark Channel afternoon special. This model-turned-welder has built a provocative brand for herself that draws strength from her femininity and gives her creative license to explore. Her bespoke pieces blend marble with leather and brass to create something sublime, strong, and in some cases, a bit naughty with hints of S&M and sexual undertones. Her work is compelling, walking the fine line between strength and fragility. For this next phase of (wh)OREHAuS STUDIOS, Hill is ready to show her face. And she’s only just begun.
LA Design Festival sat down with Meyghan Hill to learn more about her practice and process.
YOU’RE TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR AND SOMEONE ASKS YOU WHAT YOU DO, WHAT DO YOU SAY?
If you’re asking me what I’d do if I were trapped in an elevator, I’d say it’s a good thing I have tools in my purse. If you’re asking me what I would say if I were trapped in an elevator and someone asked me what I did for a living, my answer would be…have you seen Flashdance?
WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES?
Trying to maintain creativity while monetizing a business based on creativity. Getting banks and credit cards to print the word “whore” on checks, etc. Math.
WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESSES?
Being able to say no. That has been a success that I think speaks both to my accomplishments and my personal growth is ways I am very proud of and humbled by.
WHAT ARE YOU SUPER EXCITED ABOUT RIGHT NOW?
Materials, always materials. Currently- latex and patent leather. Ugly marble. Shibari ropes. And also female gaze art and photography.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO NEXT?
A (wh)ORE Hotel
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNER OR ARTIST?
Oh that changes so frequently I prefer to answer in broader strokes.... Anyone who is both dark and elegant. And someone that makes me think. I can think of nothing I favor more than a precision of language. I like extremes- I love art that makes me feel good and whole and I really really like art that scares me a little.
WHAT’S YOUR DAILY RITUAL LIKE?
I hate when the magazines ask this because the interviewee starts with; I usually begin my days at sunrise, make a green smoothie, walk the dog and am at the gym by 7am. And then who either doesn’t hate themselves or said interviewee or a mash up of both or…. see, nothing good ever comes from that question. I hopefully shower before I start my days. I do manage to always walk the dog. And if I am lucky enough I find a moment of grounding before stepping off the dock of my morning into the current of my company’s day. Usually this involves me rushing around while listening to a self-help podcast or I just put on lipstick- I found early in my work as a welder that honoring my femininity before an entire day of manual labor, power tools and dirt, helps keep me sane and balanced. After that, it is off to the races and the day becomes dictated for itself which can involve meetings with my Studio Manager, or emails and then more emails, or fun conceptual talks with my Artistic Director. My days usually end around the time that it occurs to me to look up to see “what time is it anyway” to see that it is an hour after I had planned on stopping for the evening