We could not be more excited to have Melissa Mika of PAGEFIFTYFIVE at this year’s Holiday Market. Come on down to the Bean Cycle on December 14th from 9am-3pm to see her lovely products in person. Melissa’s cards are for sale at Wolverine Farm Bookstore and on her Etsy page. Also, check out her blog and follow her on Facebook. Thanks for answering these questions, Melissa! Can’t wait to do some holiday shopping at your booth in a few weeks!
What are you making for the Holiday Market?
I will be designing and creating greeting cards, notecards, stationery, notepads, prints, embroidery and some linocut prints. I’m also planning on creating embroidery kits that I’m really excited about and buttons!!
How did you become an artist?
I guess I was born this way haha. From the time I can remember, I was creating, designing, cutting, coloring and pasting. I can vividly remember when I was about 2 or 3, making it a daily routine to lay on the kitchen floor with my crayons, scissors, old magazines, and construction paper to create. Really, when I think about it, not much has changed. Now I just go to my studio, lay on the floor surrounding by nicer markers, bits of fancier paper, sharper scissors and thread and fabric to create. I truly can’t imagine living my life any other way.
What are your favorite tools to use when creating your art?
I guess it depends on what I’m creating. Most of my card designs are created with a drawing program on my computer—so in that case, I can’t live without my trusty Mac. But when I am creating my embroidery, I can’t live without my vast amounts of floss. Buying floss might be a slight addiction for me hehe. Ohh and although not a tool per say, I can’t live without NPR in the studio. It’s like having a trusted, funny, entertaining and intelligent friend with you throughout the day.
What resources, blogs, or website do you visit most for inspiration?
I follow a lot of blogs (probably too many) and get inspired by all of them. Some of my favorites are Papercrave, A Beautiful Mess and Wild Olive. I also get a TON of inspiration from the Etsy blog and the forums on Etsy.
What’s your favorite handmade thing in your home? Did you make it or did someone else?
Hmm…that’s a hard one. I really try to only have things that I absolutely LOVE in my home. But if I had to name my favorite—I would say the coffee table that was made out of an old pallet. It was a process to make for sure, and definitely not as easy as I thought it was going to be, but in the end—I am obsessed with it!