Friday, February 27, 2009

Designer of the Month - Part 2

It's time for Part 2 of our Designer of the Month Chat with Mel. Don't forget abot our giveaway back at Part 1.

I find that my inspiration changes with my moods but the one consistent thread is that I love colour and fun. The selection of fabrics is to me the most important and fun part of the design process. I never focus too much on co-ordinating or being range specific but love to match things together in a way that makes me excited and happy. To be honest I feel like the fabric talks to me (OK, I am sounding a bit crazy now!) and could mix and match beautiful prints all day long.

I usually find my inspiration in all that surrounds me whether it be nature, my children, colour, fashion or cartoons. I find that I always have my eyes open in a different way now and never know when that inspiration lightning will strike.

I do find that I am inspired by Asian culture and I have travelled throughout Asia a lot since I was 17 years old, I don't necessarily think that this is obvious in my designs but I am constantly inspired by the use of bright colours and the beauty in so many art forms found throughout Asia, as well as my adorable Korean children.

At the moment I am solidly working on the first "Melly & me" book and have already designed half of the projects that will be featured. My hopes are that the book will be released in May and I am so excited to be taking this journey. I hope that my book will be full of great projects that inspire many and of course it will be full of fun and colour.

As to what the future holds.... we will just have to wait and see. Rosie and I both love new ideas, opportunities and avenues for our creativity and look forward to where Melly & me will take us in the future.

Thanks so much for asking me to be featured on your blog this month.

Melanie Hurlston. (

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