Meet New Craft Bazaar Vendor Meera Lee Patel

Art Star: Did you go to art school?  If so, where did you study?
Meera Lee Patel:
I did not go to art school; I graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in English & Journalism.

Pillow by Meera Lee Patel

AS: What types of items will you be selling at the bazaar?
MLP: I’ll be selling original paintings (watercolor & gouache), along with hand-sewn tea towels, pillows, and a slew of illustrated paper goods.

AS: What materials do you work with?
MLP: I work primarily in watercolor & gouache and the tiniest of brushes.

Superfood Tea Towel by Meera Lee Patel

AS: How are your items made? Describe your process.
MLP: Every item starts with a loose pencil sketch, followed by a tighter sketch in color. Then I begin blocking large areas of color in, adding light layers until the painting is finished. My favorite part of the process is the last one, where I use tiny brushes to add little flecks of paint that become the detail & life of each piece.

the artist’s studio

AS: Who are some of your favorite artists?
MLP: I love the work of Carson Ellis, Diana Sudyka, and Teagan White, to name a few, but the list is pretty long and ever-growing!

We Are Made of Stars Postcard by Meera Lee Patel

AS: What are you reading/listening to right now?
MLP: I am reading Crush by Richard Siken for the seventh or eighth time, and listening to Paul Simon perpetually and probably for the rest of my life.

AS: Are there any bazaar participants that you are excited to check out this year?
I’m especially excited to see work by Andrew Cho, Betsy Olmsted, and Foxglove Factory.

Thanks for sharing Meera!  Follow her work on Etsy, her website, & her blog.  Visit her at our craft bazaar next weekend in booth #65

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