After many years working as a Graphic Designer, Melanie set about pursuing her love of art and developing her own artistic style. She is inspired by her kids, children's picture books, nature and the environment around her. Her goal is to create delightful patterns and creatures that are charming, engaging and full of character. "I love to dream up their worlds and create little people and animals that bring joy and delight to ours." Melanie's love of Illustration can be traced back to her childhood and being completely captivated by such books as “The Magic Faraway Tree” and the “Narnia” series. “I get to go back to these wonderful childhood inspirations and do what I love everyday,” says Melanie. She joins Studio E Fabrics with the launch of her “Welcome to our Neighborwood” collection. Mel lives by the sea in beautiful Capetown, South Africa with her husband, two daughters, one horse and two dogs.