Meet The Face Behind

BIZU

A BRIKA maker story

Megan McKean

"Trust the process. I think a lot of growth happens when things don’t go exactly as planned."
“Most of my pieces are inspired by my experiences. The current collection is inspired by balance, both literally and figuratively. ”

“As an artist, I put my heart and soul into each design.”


“I love it when it’s time to design a new collection. I find myself having ideas for the next collection before releasing the current one! ”


“As an artist, I put my heart and soul into each design.”


Megan McKean is a graphic designer and self taught jeweler living and creating in Portland, Oregon. Her love for jewelry began in college, where she started making and selling pieces in her spare time. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design, she moved to Portland where she worked for a wholesale jewelry designer. Seeing the talented women whom she worked with branch out on their own to start jewelry lines was very inspiring to Megan. This experience eventually led to pursuing her own line in December, 2012.



What is your design background?

My grandma is a painter so art has always played a huge role in my life. From a young age I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in a creative field, so I took a variety of art classes throughout high school and eventually went on to get a BFA in graphic design from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Walk us through your production/design process.

Our pieces are created by combining woven glass beads with brass or sterling silver frames. The original pieces are made by hand, then molded and cast. The beading is the final step in making each piece. The beads are hand sewn, one at a time, into a woven fabric using a traditional beading technique called peyote stitch. This woven fabric is then sewn onto its metal frame, which adds both color and texture to each piece! 

Who or what inspires you to do the work that you do? Why?

I’m really inspired by other makers. Portland has a huge creative community and it has been such a rewarding experience getting to know so many of them. 


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PRODUCTS BY BIZU
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