Caribbean Queen Presents Artist Melisa Richardson

Palm Beach — The Caribbean Queen store at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall is proud to introduce its Caribbean Queen for the month of September 2013, local artist Melisa Richardson, prominently displaying her cute, unique, and exciting accessories in the store.

“Don’t underestimate the power of CUTE,” says Melisa. “It is, after all, what compels me to push my creativity further every single day in order to create accessories that are unique, exciting, and naturally, cute!”

Melisa Richardson is a self-taught accessory designer. Born and raised on the island of Aruba, Melisa first showed interest in fashion as a young child. Her debut handmade creations were stylish dresses for her dolls. In her teens, she enjoyed decorating utilitarian schoolbags and pencil cases. She was not just crafty; she showed real interest in artistic expression and followed her creative urges right into Academie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht, in the Netherlands, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts & education.

Art motivates Melisa; however, in her final year at art school, she discovered her passion for handmade accessories that make the wearer feel unique. Melisa believes that everyone should feel beautiful and should show this feeling that comes from within on the outside.

And that is how MelisaMae Designs was launched. It started as a small online store, and when Melisa moved back to Aruba, she took to Facebook and created a page to highlight MelisaMae Designs, which works on customized orders from home.

MelisaMae Designs also holds workshops that stimulate the creativity of attendees, inspiring pride in their own unique talents. Melisa also regularly participates at markets and expos, such as those organized by Ateliers ’89. She hopes to one day have her own little accessory shop and expand her collections.

While she keeps track of trends, she is no follower. She favors the “vintage Caribbean” look by mixing different types of materials, such as glass, acrylic, fabrics, and wood, then applying her extra-special touch to the product. Her handcrafted accessories can all be categorized as adorable and cute!

Enjoy her accessories throughout the month of September at Caribbean Queen, Palm Beach Plaza Mall.