Meet Our Featured Artist for August
Melissa is the talented artist behind The Artwerks she is a 31 year old artist (painter primarily) and lives and works out of her home studio in The Woodlands, Texas (a bit north of Houston!) She is a wife to Patrick and Mom to Alexia, 4. She creates bright and colorful art in several mediums, and much of her current work is florals and abstracts on canvas. We asked Melissa several questions to learn more about her and her creative process!
Where do you get your inspiration when designing?
Inspiration I feel is truly all around us. I love bold, bright colors and I am often inspired by the colors found in flowers and leaves, in sunlight and shadows, and I love translating those colors and textures to textiles. I love to collect colorful beads and buttons, and play with their color combinations to get ideas for what colors I might want to see together in a new design. I also love to just doodle and color with my daughter to help get my creative ideas flowing.
What made you decide to become an artist?
I think I have always known I wanted to be an artist. Art was always my favorite time in elementary school. I cherished new paint sets and coloring books as a child. When I first started college at University of Houston, I had originally signed up for my degree to be focused on interior design. I quickly realized that was not going to satisfy me in my artist heart, so eventually I earned my degree in plain old studio art/painting and art history.
Of your designs what would you say your favorites are and why?
My favorite design currently would have to be my ‘Les Fleurs” series. The painting translated so perfectly into this colorful, unique fabric. I was just so in love when I saw it printed and saw makers transforming it into new projects. I’m just constantly amazed whenever I see posts of what people have created a fabulous project with a piece of fabric I designed. I feel like the crafters, seamstresses, quilters, and makers are truly the ones that transform these designs into something more than a piece of art on a canvas.
What would you say is the most important thing to keep in mind when creating your own design?
I think the most important thing to keep in mind when creating your own fabric is to be yourself! Create something unique to you and your likes. Make fresh, one of a kind art, don’t worry about what other people are making. I try not to be too influenced by other designer’s works around me and what’s “trendy”. I’d rather create something totally off the wall unlike anything else out there!
What are your favorite tools/ software to use when creating your designs?
For most of my design work, my tools are pretty basic. Most of my designs begin with my original art— watercolor or acrylic paintings, drawings in ink, etc.. that are photographed or scanned onto my computer. I use photoshop to edit and crop and manipulate the colors of my designs. I never really learned Illustrator.. (oops? lol) not sure if that’s a hindrance or helpful to me at this point. I’m sure I break all of the “rules of fabric design” when I create my art, but whatever right?!
What is your favorite part about being an artist?
My favorite part of being an artist is that is has allowed me to work from home while my daughter is young. I left a great job at one of the top Fortune 500 companies so that I could pursue my dream of being a full-time artist, and I’m so glad I did! I have a much healthier work-life balance and I get to do something that I truly love for my day job, I feel so very blessed! I am surrounded by an awesome network of like-minded creative types who have been so supportive in helping me turn my dream into this career. Every project you create, every post you like or share, or comment you make really does make my day!
If you could meet anyone today be it living or dead who would you meet and why?
If I could meet anyone living or dead, who would it be. Hmmmm, wow that’s a tough one!! I’m going to go out in left field for a moment and nerd out a bit with this question and probably say I’d love to meet Patrick Stewart, but it would actually have to be meeting Captain Jean-Luc Picard on board the Enterprise. In the future. In space. And I want to be transported directly onto the bridge for our conversation. If that didn’t pan out, then just Patrick Stewart would have to do. 😀
Who would you say is your favorite artist of all time?
My favorite contemporary would have to be Yang Yang Pan. I love her use of color, texture, and line to absolutely transform her materials into this beautiful composition of color and light. Her works give me so much inspiration! (http://www.yangyangpan.com/1743395-available-work-in-studio#1) If I had to select a few more famous artists that I particularly love as well, I’m very fond of the works of Georges Seurat, Mary Cassatt, and Chuck Close to name a few.
Transform your next project with her gorgeous designs! See The Artwerks collection available at MyFabricDesigns.com and to celebrate Melissa as our artist of the month we are offering 30% off all orders during the month of August. Just use code artwerks at checkout.