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Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Moller.

Megan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a San Diego native that has always had a love for creating and exploring. When people would ask me as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would answer, “I just want to make stuff.” They would chuckle, but deep down, I knew I would find a way. I dove deep into just about every form of art from painting and graphic design to dance and theatre. I would come out of my room in fully handmade costumes with a memorized script to perform for my parents. Then it was right back outside to explore my wonderland of a yard. I have the most supportive and loving parents who not only encouraged my creative side but showed me how every experience can be an adventure. We spent our summers beach camping, winters in woodland cabins, and playing in the desert. Every chance we got, we would visit their home state of New York and make sure to spend a full day in the city. We had our share of hard times, but they taught me to be resilient and compassionate.

I studied fashion design in college, where I fell in love with constructing patterns and impeccable detail. Like many artists, I struggled with wanting to do it all and being limited by the reality of life. The stress of making ends meet and a slew of losses and traumas left me feeling like I lost myself. My creativity suffered and I worked an array of somewhat artistic jobs to get me by while hopping on a plane any chance I could get. I found myself about to accept a great paying job in an office when I heard my inner child call out. I scoured the internet for a way out of this self-built cage, and I found it. I interviewed for an unpaid apprenticeship for metalsmithing at a local jewelry company and got it. Many thought I was crazy, but despite my low budget, bleeding fingertips, and long days, I was overjoyed for I had fallen in love, and I knew it would last a lifetime.

Lucky for me, my enthusiasm and attention to detail landed me a paid position so I could survive and go home to integrate what I had learned into my own vision. I had already started Pure Joy Creations with basic jewelry making knowledge, but when I became a metalsmith, it was reborn with me. It wasn’t until I heard the term “maker” for the first time that it hit me. I get to make stuff for a living. I am what I was always meant to be. This simple reminder is what pushes me through the self-doubt, failed designs, and the huge undertaking of running a business on my own with no startup capital. I still have hard days, but creating has always been my rock and my tool to embrace the darkness and ignite that spark within. I am beyond grateful for it.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a jeweler and the owner/designer/maker behind Pure Joy Creations. I fabricate my own components by cutting, forming, engraving, texturing, and soldering sterling silver. I also use an ancient technique for added detail, lost wax carving.

Jewelry often has special meaning, whether it is an heirloom, gift, or a unique statement of who you are. This inspired me to design pieces that would resonate with what brings people joy in life. I am inspired by the people, places, and experiences that remind me and others to have gratitude that isn’t determined by what happens to us, but rather how we use it to grow, evolve and push forward. This is pure joy. For example, I noticed a pattern in myself and fellow adventurers that went: travel every chance we get, have life-changing moments in epic landscapes and new cities, come home feeling depressed and missing the adventure, repeat. This struggle with integrating experiences into expressing who you are in daily life made me realize that there was more to travel than just escaping. We find a part of ourselves that was missing in these moments of awe and wonder. I try to instill this in the design of each piece of jewelry. This may seem like a large undertaking, but it is in the subtle details like texture, silhouette, and layers that I tell a story that reminds the wearer of an important part of their journey.

Pure Joy Creations is for lovers of clean lines, natural elements, and a little sparkle. The beauty and patterns found in nature blend with modern shapes and style to create a balance of elegance, edge, and nostalgia. Each design is created and handcrafted in my home studio in La Mesa with natural stones, gems and sterling silver and 14k gold filled components. I hope people are inspired by my jewelry to live authentically and express themselves. When someone connects with a piece, and their eyes light up, I am truly overjoyed. Sometimes it is the little reminders that keep us on track, and my goal is to provide a fun and fashionable way to express what makes you feel alive. I am looking forward to adding new natural gems to the collection and working with solid gold on some special upcoming designs! Jewelry making is a never-ending learning process that has truly changed my life for the better.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
In some ways, conditions are a lot better for the artist. Social media gives us a way to get our work out there a lot easier. The amount of inspiration available online also opens up a lot of resources without having to go anywhere. This helps with artist’s block and refining a concept for an art piece or collection. On the other hand, we can now see a lot of other art, skill, and success that can be really discouraging. I think we all compare ourselves to others at one point or another, but now it seems even harder to not fall victim to that tendency. It can be immobilizing and creatively stifling. The trick seems to be shifting the perspective from comparative and competitive to celebratory and collaborative. We all have a common goal, and why not build each other up and succeed as a community instead of struggle as an individual? The jeweler and maker community in San Diego and online are extremely supportive and generous in sharing tips, techniques, and encouragement. This has been life-saving in times of self-doubt. Although Pure Joy Creations is created and entirely managed by myself, it would have never come to be without this family of creatives having my back every step of the way.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Check out my website at www.purejoycreations.com and get on the e-mail list for invites to events and exclusives. Also, add me on Instagram @purejoycreations or on facebook @purejoycreationsjewelry. I post updates on new products, upcoming maker events, and you get an inside look at how the jewelry is made! Word of mouth is always great as well!

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Kevin Chess

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