206: From “Accidental Artist” To Her Art Being Worn by Lupita Nyong’o: This is Melissa Mitchell, Abeille Creations Founder

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206: From “Accidental Artist” To Her Art Being Worn by Lupita Nyong’o: This is Melissa Mitchell, Abeille Creations Founder

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206: Melissa Mitchell

Melissa Mitchell is changing the way we view art. She’s an “accidental” artist with a love for vibrant colors, unique shapes, and bold dark lines. In 2014 when the infamous snow storm hit Atlanta, Melissa took to old arts and crafts and began to create. From there, she went on social media to showcase what she was doing, and to her surprise, people expressed their interest in her pieces of art. That birthed Abeille Creations.

From then, Melissa has created over 500 original art pieces, and has made her art come to life in the form of headwraps, home decor, textiles, and more! She describes her experience as a “classic case of following God’s voice and never looking back,” which is so inspiring as she’s a self-taught artist. Her head wraps have graced Lupita Nyong’o in Vogue Magazine, and her work was also showcased in ESSENCE Magazine’s ‘My City, My Way.’ Melissa’s story is one that teaches us to not chase after money, but after influence. 

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