Melanie

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a friend is someone who crafts with you

Melanie Starr
Melbourne, Australia

About me...
Fulltime working mother of three and general all round crafty person.

About my square...
'A friend is someone who crafts with you" is based on two loves from my childhood; craft/making things and a book by Joan Walsh Anglund "A friend is someone who likes you".

I have always had a love for craft ever since I was a young girl. I loved drawing, knitting, sewing, making paper dolls etc.. and this love for making things has never left me. I have tried to represent different crafts within my square; sewing, crochet, knitting, felt and then there's the fundamental applique and embroidery which make up the quilt image itself.

In regards to Anglund's book, "A friend is someone who likes you" is a book that always enchanted me when I was a child. Its sweet illustrations and the idea that you can make friends with a brook that 'talks to you with splashy gurgles' or the wind who 'makes leaves dance for you' has always appealed to my imagination and still does. I've tried to represent Anglund's influence in the piece through the whimsical nature of the scissored butterflies and sewing machine balloon and the figures themselves draw strong parallels with Anglund's style of illustration.

You can view the progress of my square here and here.

Find me...
on my blog

5 comments:

Kylie said...

Love love love this... so beautiful Melaine. You really are a star, you know :) K

CurlyPops said...

It was so great to be able to look at this gorgeous creation in real life - all those different textures are just amazing

Karen C said...

This was my favourite square at the viewing last week.

Laura said...

I love the use of several media - you are an artist. I have enjoyed looking at and into your square.

Jonathan said...

I love the hair, in particular. I'd love to see it up close.