Q: Welcome aboard! We have a very special visitor this evening. Miss Morgan, a well known clothing designer and fellow steampunk enthusiast, is joining us for an exclusive interview. How are you doing today?
A: Amazing! I just moved into a new studio, and am working with a film crew named 5SecondFilms. New fun projects in the works, I'm dying to make a film!
Q: Many people remember you from the hit reality tv show called Steampunk’d. Has your life changed since you became the show’s runner up?
A: My life has picked up speed for sure, and I have made some amazing new friends from this experience. I really enjoy how the internet connects us. I was really inspired by Thomas Willeford and am grateful I made interesting new friends like him. LA has a very melting pot* version of Steampunk. It has been incredibly inspiring to see how the other cities in US do "steampunk." I'm working on a few projects now that really mix Steampunk in.
Q: What was the experience like on Steampunk’d?
A: Crazy challenging. I make art everyday for 15yrs, you get used to specific tools and ways of doing things. Now speed that up by 180 miles per hour, cameras in your face asking questions, and fierce competition.... grateful, we had tons of supplies, and could request things we wanted, which is fun when you are an artist. I would do it again, but this time I would win :)
Q: Did you learn anything interesting while you were a contestant on the show?
A: Ha,ha... hmm, biggest thing learned? You can't control anything. Life will always hit you with surprises, and you just have to do your best to get through it.
Q: I can tell you’re a big steampunk fan and very knowledgeable about the genre. What attracted you to steampunk in the first place?
A: I love fantasy genres. I love science fiction type stories. I love really nerdy costumes. I also like how Steampunk personifies women as strong hero types, but still allows them to be feminine. I like how Steampunk culture is actually very eco friendly by nature, things are repurposed, or created special by hand.
Q: There seems to be quite a few subgenres of steampunk now. My book series focuses on the post-apocalyptic variety. Do you have a favorite type of steampunk?
A: I am right with ya here, I like post apocalyptic concepts. Always have, my favorite books, movies, etc. I always imagine what it would be like if society just changed for the better. I think that is the most inspiring part of post apocalyptic; the idea that humans are not frail. We survive again and again.
Q: Right now, steampunk is insanely popular. Do you have any predictions for the future of steampunk?
A: I actually think it's in the amazing creative underground right now. Thank god because real amazing art is happening. I would love to see this culture work together more, expand into movies, music videos, fashion. It's a genre that is soooo ripe for bigger projects.
Q: A lot of people who are less familiar with steampunk seem to believe it’s primarily geared to youths and teenagers. What are your thoughts about that?
A: Well, I make culture. Every genre is directed at the teenagers. They are the most free and creative, still developing personalities. The age most people are most experimental are 12-30yrs old. Fantasy, creativity, and community makes for great memories when older. Plus if we want Steampunk to grow and become a bigger stronger community, we need more people to love being part of it. I'm really glad we inspire teenagers. They are learning and growing. A strong supportive community is important.
Q: Now I’m going ask questions about your career in clothing design. How long have you been in the industry?
A: 15yrs technically. I am an art school grad, Otis College of Art and Design, BFA Fashion Design 2004. I was a proper* Fashion Designer for about 8years, making denim, hoodies, sweaters, but I went home every night and made costumes for friends, double duty. At age 30, I officially started my own company, missMorgan Productions. Now I produce many things for people, the basis of my business being costume.
Q: I can tell you’re an excellent designer of steampunk attire. What other types of clothing do you create?
A: My company, MMP is a full service Custom Art Production company. I always say, "what do you want to Maker today?" My role in life is really making exactly what my client is dreaming up. I make Art for many genres of culture. Chameleon style; My specialty is making my clients vision come to life. I've worked with 18 different companies this year already. I would say Steampunk is one of my specialties.
Q: Every clothing designer has a unique signature. What particular flare do you bring to the world of fashion design?
A: Custom!!! No mass produced China junk here :) MMP really focuses on custom art production. If you order things from us, you are guaranteed to be the one and only proud owner of a unique item. Never accidentally match someone at Con again. Pick your colors and style, have weird fit issues.... no problem here! We strive to create custom fit. All amazing bodies welcome. Creativity, the client really gets to add a design voice, which I think is important. Items are special*, not just another knock off.
Q: I can tell you put a lot of detail in your work. For me, clothing design would require too much patience. Is it a frustrating experience for you sometimes?
A: The most frustrating part is trying to "get it perfect." Sewing and such is actually fun, but the level of perfection one must maintain is the hard part. Even a tiny bit off, and suddenly that collar corner looks way different from the other side, oh crap. Ha,ha,ha.. so yes, sometimes it's frustrating. I think the reward is that you get to experience the awesome moment after- the super stoked client, the really great pictures of people living their dream, the memories you help create.
Q: What was your favorite project?
A: Favorite project on the tv show was by far the post-apocalyptic garage challenge. They let us go nuts shopping at an aerospace junk shop, so rare you can just buy any damn thing you want for a project! So fun, tons of weird fun things to repurpose. That was my jam!
Q: I heard you’re an artist in other capacities. What do you work on beyond clothing design?
A: My company, missMorgan Productions, or MMP, makes custom art on lots of levels. I also work on film sets, music videos, theater sets, merch for toy companies, art department for large events, large art installs, music festivals, costumes, fashion, props, technology like 3D printing :) And if you have a request needing special stuff, I probably have that friend I can call. I really see myself more as a Custom Art Producer now, I'm incredibly interested in the big picture and how all the puzzle pieces fit together. I'm dying to combine all the fun skills and make a film. I really wanted to win Steampunk'd, use the prize money to make a film.
Thanks for the great interview! I’m really glad we met and I learned a lot from you today. Best of wishes and I’m sure you’ll continue to have plenty of success with your career. Have a good night Miss Morgan.
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