Megan Knight Gonzales

Location:
Lancaster, CA
Work:
Runs her own stationary company, MaeMae Paperie
Web:
maemaepaperie.com

What are some of the most exciting opportunities you have had since graduation?

During my senior year at Biola I started MaeMae Paperie and throughout the past three years I have explored all sorts of design projects for clients and am now focusing only on stationery. My new wedding collection is launching at the end of the year and 10 stores nationwide will begin to carry MaeMae. My goal is to be in 30 stores by the end of 2012! Being a huge fan of magazines, it has been so exciting to have my work published in print magazines (Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Your Wedding Day, Southern Weddings). I have also been blown away by how many wonderful friends I have made in the design/wedding industry. It is so interesting how design can connect people hundreds (and thousands) of miles apart. I went to NYC this spring and met wonderful people that I had been corresponding only by email for 2 + years. This summer I had a designer from New Zealand fly all the way to my desert to intern for me for 6 weeks. That friendship is something that I will treasure forever and it's all thanks to MaeMae!

How do you feel that the Biola art department prepared you for your life as an artist?

The things I have learned about both art and design have been the backbone to my business and it gave me a great foundation to explore my dreams and aspirations with real tools, knowledge, and direction.

Any advice for future Biola art majors?

Try it all!! You will be a much richer creator in any field when you know about more than just one medium. Since you're creative - be creative with what you will do with your art degree! You have ideas… so use them so you can become an artist after you graduate. Chase after what you want! You received instruction, encouragement, and skills in the art department at Biola so go use them well. Thanks, Kurt!