Paintings, Portraits + Textile Art

250 Sales


Paintings, Portraits + Textile Art

250 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars



Last updated on Sep 17, 2015


Melissa Thorpe

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Melissa Thorpe

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A labour of love (and a little bit of therapy...)

Thanks for your interest in my work! I have been "making" all my life - as the daughter of a Swiss home economics teacher, NOT trying my hand at a variety of artistic disciplines was sooooo not an option! I began using art as therapy after I gave birth to my first child, a few years ago now. The post partum depression didn't stand a chance against pretty paints and fresh canvas as opponents! My home economist mother, wood artisan father and Liberal Arts Degree from a raging leftist Canadian university have all equally shaped my style, ability and confidence.

So, I do a little bit of everything; I cut, fold and stitch fabric every colour of the rainbow. I crochet - sometimes big, sometimes tiny, just sort of depends on how much natural light I'm getting (it's an issue this far north, people!). Painting, illustrating, drawing, collaging...my only perimeters are: it must be a definitive statement. It must feel rare and special!

I feel very honored to have had my works featured both in a gallery and on television.

Together with my husband and our two young children, I homestead in a pretty little mountain-top university town, not far from the urban metropolis that is Vancouver, BC. When I'm not walking my son to school along a forested path or mixing banana chocolate chip muffin batter, I'm at the art desk here, at home. The small town I live in provides me with so many ideas and inspiration - everyone from the lazy, dazy organic deli owner to the hipster kids facebooking outside of lecture halls - they all have a story, are surrounded by colours I rush home to weave into my works somehow.

I always love to hear from peeps with questions or custom work ideas! Please convo me and I'd be more than happy to give answers or exchange thoughts. That being said, if you are hoping to exchange ideas on a modern math diaspora, I'm SO not your girl!


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Last updated on June 11, 2017

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► ALL pieces [unless otherwise specified in each listing] are shipped via Canada Post basic LETTERMAIL because of the nice, low cost --- but please remember that this very economical method offers NO ITEM TRACKING and NO INSURANCE and although it's VERY unlikely not reach its final destination, I CANNOT trace the item or file a CLAIM at the Post Office with Lettermail service.

►► If you choose NOT TO UPGRADE SHIPPING which would include ITEM TRACKING, please realize that you are agreeing that in the event your package is lost or damaged, there will be NO REFUND or REPLACEMENT.

► READY to SHIP items are taken to the Post Office within 1-3 BUSINESS days of cleared payment.

► CUSTOM ORDERS are usually taken to the Post Office within 4-6 BUSINESS days of cleared payment. If you need an item SOONER than that, please LET ME KNOW and ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE to suit both of us :o)

---- For BASIC, Regular NON-trackable / NON-insured LETTERMAIL ----
:: Deliveries within CANADA usually take 8-11 business days.
:: Deliveries to the USA usually take 10-18 business days.
:: Deliveries INTERNATIONALLY take longer - approx. 18-26 business days.

► Unfortunately, I have no control over CUSTOMS and once a package leaves my hands I cannot guarantee that it will arrive within Canada Post's suggested timelines.

►► When TIME is of UTMOST IMPORTANCE, UPGRADED SHIPPING is ALWAYS AVAILABLE for CANADA, USA or INTERNATIONAL ~ please convo me for a QUOTE to YOUR LOCATION -- an INVOICE for the Additional Shipping Costs will be emailed to you via PayPal and your package will ship when Upgrade Fees are paid.

► BUYER is responsible for any additional customs fees that their country may charge. Also, I cannot mark your order as a gift, or write a lesser value than the actual purchase price on the customs form.


Everything is packaged with love and care, as I would be devastated if piece you purchased was damaged in any way on its journey to its new home!
Refunds and Exchanges
► I do NOT accept returns so I encourage you to contact me with all sorts of questions BEFORE you make a purchase. I'm delighted to answer any questions that you might have regarding dimensions, materials or colours, etc. My goal is to sell my works as they come off my presses - fresh and perfect - , so by the time you returned a print, it would no longer be in this condition - indeed even quite damaged - and not sellable.

(Note about colors: everyone actually sees color slightly differently, (cool right?!), so I'm happy to take the time to show you more images or video of a piece. Computers are calibrated differently as well, so if you are feeling antsy about the colors, go scope it out on your neighbors computer too, and at work and make sure you aren't color blind (my husband can't tell the difference between blue and purple, or green and blue!)
Additional policies and FAQs
Feedback is a permanent part of my sales record, and affects my everyday business.

► Remember that addressing any questions or problems that may arise during or after a transaction is part of my customer service which I consider to be of high priority!

WHOLESALE and/or CONSIGNMENT ORDERS to retailers who own "BRICK & MORTAR" stores are WELCOME but please remember that ALL my pieces are sold UNmatted and UNframed :)
Please contact me IN ADVANCE via CONVO or EMAIL so we can discuss items, minimums, discounts, time frames, shipping and make arrangements, etc..


► Please make sure your PAYPAL address is CURRENT + UP-TO-DATE because that is the address I'll be shipping to, UNLESS you've chosen to SHIP it as a GIFT to someone ELSE.


► Please DON'T HESITATE to CONTACT ME with ANY questions or concerns. You can send a message to me via my etsy shop.

Thanks for allowing me to craft a unique piece JUST FOR YOU!


ALL my pieces are lovingly handmade, in a PET and SMOKE FREE studio.

► ALL IMAGES AND ARTWORK © Hilltop Hausfrau Designs. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 2011-