“Handmade goods create an unspoken connection between Maker and finder. As a Maker myself, it delights me to know small bits of my creativity and ideas have spilled out into the world, making people feel good and loved.”
After moving to Victoria, BC, with no immediate job prospects, Melissa Milakovic decided to test the waters of her new city by selling her artwork at local craft fairs. When she realized this was a role she could grow into and enjoy, she began working to create a business she is proud of ever since. Being self-taught, Melissa initially created her artwork with only a pen: “All painting and computer design skills came through the process of trial and error, and are 100% learned by doing – with a lot of help from YouTube,” she said. When it comes to her process, she creates a series of watercolor washes and drawings, scans them into her computer and starts playing until a theme emerges. Then she runs with it.
When it comes to the inspiration behind the work that she does, she says curiosity is the name of the game: “When you start developing that sense of interest in mundane and simple things — how a flower wilts in the sun, the exchange between your neighbor and her son, the delicate design of a moth’s wing — you start feeling the sparks of inspiration that drive your creativity. There is so much to draw on for inspiration if you are paying attention, and curious enough to look a little closer.”