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Today we’d like to introduce you to Mel Mello.

Hi Mel, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Back in 2015, I started making origami paper flowers to gift out. I used to bring gifts to my daughter’s school teachers, the people in the office, neighbors and friends, and one day my daughter had a dance presentation at a retirement home, where we were supposed to bring flowers to gift to the ladies. It was Mother’s Day; and I got determined I needed to learn how to make origami roses for her to gift out. It was not easy and I didn’t get it right on my first, second or third try, 😄 but eventually, I figured the papers and flowers I wanted to make. It had to be something that I would be happy to give out.

After a while, friends and some of the ladies in my daughter’s school that received my flowers encouraged me to open an online shop. I confess I was skeptical and couldn’t believe the first time I made a sale! It was an amazing thought, and the first thing I did was to call my girls and share my excitement!

My journey from then to today was a slow growth process, where I was mostly trying to keep learning and improving my knowledge and technique. (Which I believe will always be the case… there’s so much to learn!) Due to family and work, most of my flowers were still for donations and gifts to friends.

A couple of years ago, I had quite a number of colleges diagnosed with cancer… so that year I made an effort to donate monthly to cancer patients in their honor. Only once the pandemic started I was able to dedicate myself full time to making flowers and it’s been wonderful to be able to bring joy with them to many more people.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It was not a smooth road, 🙂 but I like challenges. The manual difficulty was not a problem for me, I’ve always been a crafter and I’ve always loved a puzzle to solve (which is how some origami diagrams feel like to first-timers). The biggest struggle was when I was approached by another origamist who explained to me that some origami models are copyrighted, and therefore, cannot be sold without the creator’s authorization.

My favorite flower to fold at the time was one of those. I stopped selling flowers for months and would only make for donations since I didn’t know how to proceed and got quite scared with the idea of infringing someone’s copyrights. It was another origami flower maker from England who helped me gain the courage to reopen my shop (which was helping me fund my donations) by showing me how to contact and get the authorizations I was looking for. 🙌❤️

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My background is in architecture. I graduated in Architecture and Urbanism back in 1992 in Brazil. For a while, I wanted to work with making architectural models because I loved the crafty side of it. I worked as an architect until 2012, which I loved, but when my family moved from WA to California, I couldn’t go back to it; my family needed my support at home, I had a daughter fighting depression and mental health, so thankfully, I worked part time at my daughter’s dance studio as the office manager which allowed me to be close to her, enjoy her company and help home at the same time.

It was at her dance studio that I learned how to use Instagram and where I got the inspiration to start making my origami flowers! I loved the idea of a handmade flower that never withered… You could keep it for as long as you wanted or give it out; and better yet, they were eco-friendly!

What makes me special? I truly hope to provide a personal and unique service by treating my clients how I wish to be treated! And I hope to make them unique keepsake flowers that represent a very special moment in their lives or loved ones. I do my best to give back to my community by donating flowers to retirement homes, neighbors, strangers, friends of friends… that’s how I started and that’s how I plan to keep going… it deeply touches me to see the smile on a face of a stranger receiving a flower unexpectedly.

In a kind of way, each flower is unique. No matter what, they are never exactly the same, so you can be sure you are getting handmade from the heart unique flower. And as I tell my friends, in the case that you eventually can’t keep one of my flowers, please pass it forward. Your flower may brighten someone else’s day! I hope I can keep doing this for the long run, so to each and every one who has supported my shop sometime, thank you!

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
I have so many favorite childhood memories… my dad playing with us his made-up games, playing with my dogs and cat in our backyard, our whole family vacations at grandma’s farm… without a doubt, I was blessed with a very happy childhood. 🙏 

Contact Info:

  • Email: Beemelloflowers@gmail.com
  • Website: www.BeeMello.com
  • Instagram: @BeeMelloFlowers
  • Facebook: @BeeMelloFlowers
  • Youtube: Mel Mello Bee Mello

Image Credits
Jordi Ardel Rose Mori Rose Kawasaki Rose David Shall Lily Michael Shall Shinning Alice Leaves by Fendy Tong

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