Also, I have included images of the two pieces of artwork that she just finished related to her writing. WOW! Don’t forget to read my story of how she inspires and touches my life always. We never know where and how we will find the connections and messages in our lives, the puzzle pieces of our soul.
By Melissa Marie Collins
"My latest finished piece.
I am very passionate about people living the truth of how they are made and not camouflaging who they are to faux fit in. I know about this. In my younger years I tried to faux fit in. It didn't work out. I am still trying to get used to the skin I am in and why I am on the planet. You guys, this isn't easy, but it is worth it to live from the inside out.
Ok, here are my words for the art.
I hope that it blesses you deep into your bones:
Each one of us is a unique shape
We are not perfect squares
We have edges and smooth parts
In different amounts and positions
There is room in this life for all of us
No one is excluded
You get to be you
I get to be me
We need you to be you
Me to be me
To fulfill God's destiny
In our lives
And impact this planet we are living on
The truth is,
Our heart knows
The destiny written on it
Others cannot hear it like you can
That is not how we are designed
What matters most is
Can you hear your heart?
Will you accept your shape?
Will you allow yourself to be purified?
Will you accept your original design?
Will you release judgement and expectation?
And just be your colorful shape?
And then do the same for those around you.
Let them be
Let them fit
And let them fit the puzzle of life"
Visit Melissa Marie Collin's Facebook page to see her artwork.
Visit Frond Design Studio's Facebook page to see all of the fabric lines and artists.
Several years ago, in the spring of 2013, I was walking through Dallas Market Hall to return to our booth for set up activities with my mom for the annual Dallas Quilt Show. We always had two days to set up for the three day show. This was the second day of set up, and we were getting close to finished.
Something caught my eye, but then did so much more. It took my breath away and touched my soul so deeply. It was a fabric panel with an artistic tree painted on it. Trees truly speak to me, and I love the Tree of Life symbol. The brush strokes, the colors, and the energy drew me in like no other piece of art I had encountered. It was fun, vibrant, and whimsical; while at the same time holding so much depth.
The next morning I stopped to see what it was all about. I learned it was a fabric line called Frond Design Studios that was ran by artists. All prints were hand designed paintings on canvas, placed onto screens, and commercially printed onto fabric. This particular one was called Healing Tree by Melissa Marie Collins. I was filled with gratitude when my aunt and her dear friend bought it for me the next day because they knew how very much it touched me.
I began researching this fabric line and learned more about it. I was completely blown away at every single print they had! When my mom, my aunt, and I went to the fall International Quilt Market in Houston, TX in 2014; I not only had the luxury of visiting the booth and meeting the owner Stephanie Brandenburg and the other artists; but personally got to meet and visit with Melissa Marie Collins. I learned some of her story of her healing journey. I shared that I am in Holistic Healing, and that my entire life has been about my healing journey. We connected immediately, and I felt a friendship was started that day.
My mom, aunt, and I got to order some of the fabric lines for the store, and we never looked back. I became a buyer for the Frond line for my mom’s amazing quilt shop in Whitesboro, TX, Kaleidoscope Quilt Shop. Melissa has become a dear friend to me, as we follow each other and talk on social media and messenger. She inspires me beyond words to continue following my dreams, always!
I have my first art quilt close to completed, and it includes her second tree panel called Tree of Life. I also recently was gifted a beautiful hand painted piece of fabric from my lovely mom that will border the first panel I received as a gift. These two pieces will be hung in my own Holistic Healing Center and Practice, as well as other items I have made using various prints by Frond.
I am so excited to have the opportunity to visit with Melissa again this next weekend as we travel to this year’s International Quilt Market in Houston again. We will get a sneak peak of the new lines coming out, and I’m sure I will be elated, and yet again, inspired!