The Ambassador Series: Meagan Floris - San Francisco
Hi Meagan! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a photographer, graphic designer, and general curious creative living in San Francisco, California. I’m currently working on my BFA in graphic design. I love to dip my toes into any creative endeavor that interests me (like painting, calligraphy, sewing etc) and I’m always up for a trip to the flower market.
How did your interest in art begin?
It’s hard to say. I’ve been crafty since I was a child. I would stay in my room for hours creating jewelry, beaded objects, or whatever craft curiosity I found at Michaels that month. I bought my first camera when I was 15 and started to teach myself photography. In my senior year of high school, I started to take on paid photography jobs and internships and that’s when I realized that there was a possibility of having a career in a creative field. I tried wedding photography for a while, and genuinely enjoyed most of it. But due to some complicated Visa situations after moving to California (I’m from Canada), I couldn’t book weddings in the USA, only in Canada. The wedding industry is extremely competitive and most Canadian clients weren’t too keen on booking someone out of town, while on the other hand, I was consistently turning down SoCal inquiries. All that to say, I’m so grateful life took a turn in that way because it gave me the freedom to reevaluate what I really wanted to do. I was given the time to dive head first into calligraphy/hand lettering, which then naturally pushed me to graphic design. It has been an interesting creative journey I’ve been on the last 2-3 years. With my recent interest in hand lettering and my experience in photography, I discovered graphic design school to be the perfect ribbon to tie all my interests together.
What led you to begin The Wolf and The Wildflower?
Well, The Wolf and the Wildflower is going through some transitions now, just like me! It started in the beginning of 2016 when I was looking for an outlet to share my creative endeavors. I was looking to push myself creatively, and since I seem to have my hand in a lot of different things, I wanted a place that could host it all. It also was an incredible way for me to connect with the creative community in San Diego.
But now that I’m in full time art school, I just simply don’t have the time to create quality content. I keep it online to house some of my portfolio, as well as the occasional blog post when I have some spare creative energy, but it will slowly be transitioning to a personal journal and portfolio.
When and why did you move from Canada to San Francisco?
Only a few months after my husband and I got married, he received a fantastic job offer in San Diego. We moved to San Diego in May of 2015, spent two sunny years there, then moved to San Francisco in May of 2017. Our move to SF was mostly motivated by his job, but it was ultimately our choice and we were intrigued by the city and its opportunities.
We’re still fairly new here, and transitioning to a unfamiliar and big city has come with it’s set of challenges. Anyone who’s experienced a significant move can relate! San Francisco is beautiful and diverse and artistic and interesting and has kept us on our toes!
What makes you passionate about the work you do?
Hmmm, I’m finding this question tough to answer! But when I reflect on what drives me, I would have to boil it down to curiosity. Curiosity about my capabilities, curiosity for how things are made, curiosity for how someone can take a bucket of flowers and create a stunning arrangement, or a ball of tough clay and create a vase. It’s that curiosity that motivates me to try new things and push myself (and my work) a little further.
Why did you want to become a Glossary ambassador?
To me, The Glossary feels like one of those friends that is always generously encouraging their own friends. You know that woman? Who, when introducing you to someone new, sings your highest praises? Who can make you feel like a million bucks and give you the confidence to kick extra ass that day? I love seeing The Glossary shedding light on talented and hard working women. We all naturally have insecurities about the work we do but I love that The Glossary is that friend who can be a source of confidence. Why wouldn’t I want to be an ambassador for that?
What are some of your favorite places in San Francisco?
Ina Coolbrith Park is just up the street from my apartment and has one of the most breath taking views of the city! I like to hike up the steep SF streets to one of the long benches in that park to think and watch the world go by. It’s beautiful day and night! Cafe Reveille on Columbus street is a lovely cafe just on the edge of downtown. It has tables out on the sidewalk to take in the city and enjoy some good coffee. One of the first things I bought in San Francisco was a membership to SFMOMA! The architecture alone is enough to entertain you for hours. It’s brimming with beautiful art that’s diverse enough to fit the taste of almost anyone. For good eats, I can’t recommend Tartine Manufactory enough. Every dish I’ve tried has exceeded my expectations and the bread in particular is what they’re famous for.