Fresh Prints of Mel-Air
This is a story all about how my life got flipped- turned upside down…
…When I realised that I sucked at what you’d call ”traditional” artistic methods. By that I mean painting, sketching, and pretty much any kind of Fine Art. Hi, my name is Mel and here’s a quick life story about my journey into becoming a paper artist. As someone who grew up wanting to be an artist, it was a pretty crushing realisation when every time I tried to paint someone they ended up looking like Flubber.
Faith undeterred, I turned to other art forms. Of course nowadays there’s a plethora of medium you can experiment with- humans have been thriving, leaving no creative stone unturned. So I tried out different kinds of art, from new to old, until finally, finally I found a place I belonged in. The world of paper art: all of a sudden, I realised how much you can make out of plain old paper. The stuff we so often take for granted can be used to create beautiful works of art, in so many stunning and unexpected ways. I became so absorbed into the world of paper art, so in awe of everything that paper artists have achieved in the past, and I thought to myself, ”Yup, that’s it. I want to become one of them.” So I began my journey into the world of paper art, armed with only a craft knife and a dream to become a paper artist.
Needless to say, it wasn’t an easy start. It was a bumpy roller coaster ride full of paper-cuts, frustration, and hours spent hunched over my desk. But it’s been 10 years since I started my journey, and I think it’s safe to say that the fruits of my labor are finally beginning to show. I decided to make bespoke cards because it was always so difficult for me to find cards that expressed exactly how I felt- and I had the skills to make my own, so why not try? At first I made cards for my family and close friends, only for special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas and so on. Then I became more and more ambitious, trying to one-up myself every-time I made something new. Simple card designs evolved into intricate collages that took me at least 3 weeks to make, but it was worth it because people around me started to notice my passion and talent for making paper art. Until one day, someone said to me, ”You need to start selling these, people would love them.’‘
At first, that seemed like a crazy idea to me- I mean, I didn’t know the first thing about starting a business. And honestly, my goal in card-making was simple: to make people smile. The happiness on people’s faces when they receive a handmade card made by me was fulfilling enough, so it was never about making money or creating a big card empire. But then I thought, why keep this happiness to myself? Why not share it with other people so they can reach the hearts of their loved ones like I have?
I have no idea if this will work out, heck I don’t even know how many people will hear about my business. But here I am, ready to dive in head-first because I know that no matter who you are, or where you’re from, I will try my very best to create something that will make you, or your loved one, happy. You can trust that every-time I make something, it’ll be made up of 80% paper, and 100% love (don’t trust me with maths though).
So what do you say, are you ready to jump onto this journey with me?