Life is sweet for painter and textile designer Megan Adams Brooks, whose bold patterns have been making waves since Neiman Marcus began carrying her line of melamine dinnerware earlier this year—just two years after she earned her MFA at the University of North Texas. “I wasn’t drawn to the cutesy patterns I was seeing when I was in school,” says the Dallas-based Adams Brooks, who then started creating her own. “My work is an interpretation of what I see in nature.” Indeed, her portfolio includes giraffe motifs inspired by her honeymoon in Kenya, ikat-like prints informed by water and Coral Floral, a pattern Adams Brooks created by connecting individual coral pieces with vine-like branches. “By the time I’m finished with a design, the initial idea has often become something totally different,” she says, pointing out a contemporary damask pattern with vertical lines few would guess was inspired by pooled water on a sidewalk. “I interpret what I see as something beautiful,” Adams Brooks explains. “I’m passionate about that process.”
LX: How did painting segue into textile design?
MB: One of my undergrad professors at SMU encouraged me to do paintings of interiors. It was through that that I fell in love with fabric, and how it drapes onto furniture and creates a space. Then I started painting on silk, which led to printing on silk.
LX: Work approach:
MB: Coming up with new designs is my passion; I’m not thinking about their end use when creating. I’m also always reinventing older designs. Sometimes it takes a lot of bad ones to get to the good ones!
LX: Dream collaboration:
MB: Hands down, a fabric line with Fortuny.
LX: My home is:
MB: Classic, but with a bit of a twist. There’s a neutral palette, but I add pops of color with pillows and statement pieces like the antlers I painted red and display on a bookshelf.
LX: I love to shop:
MB: At vintage stores like Again & Again, an antiques store in the Dallas design district. They repaint and reupholster vintage furniture, which is something I like to do myself.