My full name is Megan Alexandra Watts, I was born on the day of the Hungarian Gran Prix '94, and narrowly escaped being named 'Mercedes' by my father. Fast forwards 25 years and I now work as an Art Technician, Artist and Illustrator, living and flourishing with my wonderful partner in Scarborough.
I studied Illustration and Design at the University of Sunderland, and grafted hard to ensure I graduated with a First Degree. I not only managed this, I was also given the Award for Outstanding Achievement from our department, which was amazing and helped make the grind I'd been on to get this far much sweeter. It was during my time at University that I entered the MUMEDI international poster competition 'To Death With a Smile', and my design made the shortlist and was exhibited in Mexico along side the other entrants and winners.
After university we lived in Bielsko-Biala in southern Poland for a year, where I freelanced from a kitchen cupboard. It was a fabulous time and taught me a lot about life, growing up and how to be an online based freelance artist without the safety nets of the education system I had been used to. Definitely standing on your big-girl-feet time.
When we returned from Poland, we saw a retail unit for let in a window by chance, and shortly after Darcey Strangeways shop opened on Eastborough in March 2018. If the learning curve in Poland was steep then this was the north face of the Matterhorn, but was a brilliant experience in business, finance, people, networking, opportunities and artistic progress. Over December 2018, I entered the Scarborough District Chamber of Commerce Christmas Window Display competition, and placed Gold in the Themed Window category, with a hand-made scene based on a children's story I had written myself.
In 2019 we bought our first home together, complete with in-house studio, so the shop premises closed in September and the business returned to online based, to allow for the next blossoming chapter - and the interior decorating - to begin.
In the future I'd love to illustrate more books, children's stories and graphic novels, and definitely write stories of my own. I am very interested in working on installations, visual merchandising and custom displays, murals, concept art, character development work, projects with a gothic flavour, and anything not listed I'd always have a crack at. I live for unusual commissions, unique ideas and making people say "WOW!", so if you're looking for a creative mind who's up for a challenge, slide over to my contact page and let's talk!