Megan Knox is the self taught designer-maker behind Wire Lotus Handcrafted Accessories. Using a bead weaving technique called peyote stitch and working from her own designs, she makes sculptural, organic pieces of jewellery and other accessories out of thousands of tiny glass beads that are hand stitched one by one. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, she moved to London in 2008 to study for an MSc in Health, Community and Development at the London School of Economics. She worked for a couple of years in the charity sector before redundancy and visa issues prompted me to start her own business.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
As a creative professional, the best thing about what I do is that my work results in a tangible, finished product. This is something I often missed when I was working in an office.
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
I really admire William Morris and other artists and thinkers of the Arts and Crafts movement. Their reaction against the mechanisation and consumption of their time resonates quite strongly with me today. Their designs were simultaneously functional, aesthetically pleasing and made with care and craftsmanship that reflected a respect for material, maker and user. I hope I can ultimately use my craft practice to advocate for economic and social reform as they did.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
Since I'm still at the beginning of my career, I'm open to that piece of advice that will lead to my big break! In other aspects of my life, though, I've found that even the soundest advice seldom applies to each person's unique circumstances. You've got to make your own way and be prepared to change course more often than you'd expect.
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
Nature provides me with an endless source of inspiration, and my craft technique requires more time and patience than creative energy, so creative blocks aren't something I usually have to contend with. When it comes to the more mundane aspects of running my business, though, I often hit blocks. I can usually get through these by going on a training course to boost my skills and confidence.
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
I'd be a well-worn pair of Birkenstocks, the ones you wore on your backpacking trip through Southeast Asia. You say about them, "I wore them everywhere and my feet never hurt." They're not the flashiest shoes, but you know they'll go around the world with you and never fall apart.