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Meet Meagan Rogers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meagan Rogers.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I moved to San Francisco to attend The Art Institute and pursue my dream of designing my own line. My Other Half launched my senior year in 2011 with a small line of handbags. After graduating, I moved to LA and lived in DTLA. I sold my bags along with vintage clothing at craft and vintage shows like The Rose Bowl Flea and Melrose Trading Post where my love for up-cycling began. After returning to Arkansas and rebranding in November of 2015, My Other Half has focused on refurbished pieces like flannels and denim jackets.

Please tell us about your art.
I upcycle vintage clothing mainly flannels, denim jackets, and Hawaiian shirts into new custom pieces. We hand dye each shirt using bleach and other techniques to give them a unique look. We then add either custom sayings or one of our sayings each season to the back. One of our most popular ones is Hike S’More. We then donate 10% of each sale to local animal shelters and sanctuaries. We also do collaborations with other artists, I teamed up with Ellen from @outboundyogi, and we made a, I REALLY DO CARE jacket which we then donated all of the proceeds to the ACLU. I love to take unwanted items of clothing and turn them into something new to then help unwanted animals find their forever homes. My focus is always on sustainability and helping animals. I want people to take away the idea that before they donate or throw away a piece of clothing, it can be remade or repurposed into something else. My art is fun, and I love a good pun, but you can feel good knowing you kept clothing out of the landfill. Plus who doesn’t love a comfy flannel? I am working on launching new home decor items made from vintage fabrics.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success for me is a few different things, seeing that I am making a difference even if its small. I have donated over $5,000 to shelters and sanctuaries and have saved hundreds of shirts from going to the landfill. It’s also making those connections with other artists and makers. And of course, seeing people wear my clothing and loving their pieces is a major success.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I wholesale to stores such as Flea Style in Dallas and Belle Starr in Fort Smith. We also have an online shop that is always open www.etsy.com/shop/shopmyotherhalf. Instagram is where we are most active @shopmyotherhalf posting the day to day studio life along with our all of our photoshoots and customer photos!

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Image Credit:
Ashley Lewis Photography and Oleg Bolotov

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