“There are darkness’s in life, and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all the lights”. – Bram Stoker

Art, in all its forms, is unequivocally one of the lights in life, and anything that has the power to bring light into our lives is worthy of celebration.

Melissa Johns or ‘Misscycled’ and her enchanting art, are without a doubt worthy of that celebration.

Growing up in Wangaratta, Melissa was surrounded by a family full of incredibly talented artists who all influenced her along the way. Dabbling in various creative endeavours, she was always incorporating some type of up cycling and mixed media to create quirky and unique pieces. If she wasn’t drawing or painting, she was writing and has managed to write three unpublished novels! A creative powerhouse!

“Art and creating was a huge part of my life, I wouldn’t be me if I couldn’t create”.

After giving birth to twin boys 11 years ago, Melissa found herself struggling with postnatal depression. It was the first time in her life that she hadn’t been creating in some way, and she felt as though a part of her had been lost. Depression is an insidious disease, and before she was even aware, it had robbed her of a core part of her being.

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