Megan and Shannon Brantley, the husband-and-wife artist duo behind Flannel and Floral are a creative force known for their distinctive blend of artistry and nature-inspired aesthetics. With a shared passion for art and a deep appreciation for the world of the South, they have seamlessly woven their talents together to produce captivating works of art that resonate with viewers far and wide. Together, Megan and Shannon Brantley’s art celebrates the beauty and serenity found in the simplicity of nature while also embracing the warmth and comfort of home.
Their works mostly consist of woodworking, ceramics, painting, screen printing, design, cabinetry, and many other creative avenues. Their creations are meant to last for generations and be passed down through time. Their collaboration is a testament to the power of love and shared creativity, resulting in a body of work that resonates with art enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
Soul of the South Q&A
1) What was your “aha” moment/When did you decide that this was the industry for you?
Southern Makers. We participated for the first time in 2015 and it was not long after we started creating our goods to sell. When we saw that people really were into what we were creating that was a huge boost to our confidence. Also the community of other artists there were incredibly supportive and inspiring and still inspire and support us years later.
2) How did your upbringing/time spent in Alabama shape your career?
For Shannon, his upbringing positively impacted him in that his parents were always incredibly supportive, and his dad always taught him that can’t was a cuss word. He believes that he can do basically anything because of that. For me, my parents were also incredibly supportive of whatever fluke I have always been chasing. Growing up in the South for me was being around family and neighbors who taught me basic things such as sewing, cooking, carpentry, beekeeping, and so on.
I grew up in a family that wasn’t super wealthy and our time was spent not vacationing, but going to my grandparents’ house out in the country. We played in the mud, fished, went to the creek, gardened, canned, and used whatever was there to make something wonderful. I watched my family be very resourceful, which in turn made me that way and that is where much of my creativity was born.
3) What keeps you moving forward in the industry? Do you have a quote or motto that you find resonates?
Living. Vision. I think we both have piles of dreams for what we want to do in the future and even though some days can be hard or mundane, those future aspirations of what we want to accomplish really keep us moving forward.
God will provide.
4) How has your nominator made a positive impact on your idea of/relationship to the industry?
We cannot say enough about these two. We probably would not be where we are without them. To have someone who is so big in this industry support us in the way that they have from the first day we met is so humbling. They have been such an inspiration and are always available, as busy as they are, to lend advice or help when needed. Plus, let’s be honest, they are both just rays of sunshine to be around.
5) What would you consider your greatest professional accomplishment?
I think we are still a work in progress for this. We have created some amazing things, but I feel that moment of sheer glory is coming soon for us.
6) What would you like to see more of in Alabama as it pertains to your industry?
We would love to see more large exposure events that focus on true artistry and craftsmanship to show our state what gems we have here.