Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm a designer, illustrator and author. I've worked on a range of commissions, collaborations and personal projects including books, illustrations, magazines, maps, websites and more. My work spans print and digital forms, and I bring a mix of creativity, education, mindfulness, fun and adventure to each new project.
In 2014, I left a career working as Creative Director in high-profile magazines, including Australian House & Garden, to pursue my dream of starting a graphic design and publishing studio (King Street Press).
During this time, I worked on several books in my down time, including Local Heroes: An Insider's Guide to the Blue Mountains and Humans of Newtown. Both came from having a personal connection to these places and wanting to share the hidden gems and special things each place had to offer.
After making a sea-change to South Coast NSW from Inner-West Sydney in 2019, I rediscovered the joy and well-being benefits of being in nature through daily outdoor adventures exploring my new neighbourhood. After the trauma of bushfires, floods and Covid, I wanted to help others find peace and calm in nature, so I launched my new side venture, Rewilding Life, with Kiama Passport for Kids.
My latest book Rewilding Kids Australia, was published in 2022 by Hardie Grant Books, and has found its way into the hands of kids all over Australia.
When I'm not working on Rewilding Life projects and King Street Press commissions, you will find me in my happy place – nature. Most mornings I'm out walking, riding or swimming, often recording my adventures by drawing and taking photos.
Come spring and summer, I spend my spare time volunteering for the National Parks South Coast Shorebird Recovery Program, helping to protect habitat for endangered species like the Pied Oyster Catchers, Little Terns and Bar -Tailed Godwits (See my Shorebird Illustrations).
My favourite sayings are: "Just do it!" to overcome fear or procrastination; and "Life is what you make of it", something my Nan used to say – she certainly made the most of her life with the little she had.