melmacklin

Melbourne, Australia
2,357 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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Announcement    SHIPPING IMPACTS DURING THE PANDEMIC:

♥ Thanks in advance for your patience; shipping may be slightly slower than usual. Interstate and international travel is reduced, which has an impact on shipping times.

♥ I ship with Australia Post. Please see their website for updates and to check if your country is currently accepting mail from Australia Post: https://auspost.com.au/about-us/news-media/important-updates/coronavirus

♥ Australian customers: please expect your items within 1-2 weeks. Single purchase pins, art cards and a5 mini prints are sent untracked as letters. Everything else is sent as a parcel. Please see my shop FAQs for further details.

♥ Overseas customers: please expect your items within 2-6 weeks. Everything sent outside of Australia must now be sent tracked- apologies, this does incur higher shipping prices. I will not be providing replacement items for lost or delayed mail during this time, I'm so sorry. Collector feedback suggests all mail is arriving safely, albeit slightly slower than usual.

♥ Shipping rates are now flat across product categories, as most collectors purchase multiple items.

♥ Please note that the stamp you see on your parcel is not the only cost I consider when calculating shipping. As well as naked shipping costs, I also charge a small amount for the time it takes me to package your treasures: custom-making a snug bubble-mailer or tube to suit just the size and shape of your prints, handwriting out customs labels, very carefully balancing arrangements of things to ensure your parcel arrives in absolutely perfect condition.

♥ I *will not* falsely declare lesser values to avoid any import taxes. These are your responsibility to pay.

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 8, 2021

SHIPPING IMPACTS DURING THE PANDEMIC:

♥ Thanks in advance for your patience; shipping may be slightly slower than usual. Interstate and international travel is reduced, which has an impact on shipping times.

♥ I ship with Australia Post. Please see their website for updates and to check if your country is currently accepting mail from Australia Post: https://auspost.com.au/about-us/news-media/important-updates/coronavirus

♥ Australian customers: please expect your items within 1-2 weeks. Single purchase pins, art cards and a5 mini prints are sent untracked as letters. Everything else is sent as a parcel. Please see my shop FAQs for further details.

♥ Overseas customers: please expect your items within 2-6 weeks. Everything sent outside of Australia must now be sent tracked- apologies, this does incur higher shipping prices. I will not be providing replacement items for lost or delayed mail during this time, I'm so sorry. Collector feedback suggests all mail is arriving safely, albeit slightly slower than usual.

♥ Shipping rates are now flat across product categories, as most collectors purchase multiple items.

♥ Please note that the stamp you see on your parcel is not the only cost I consider when calculating shipping. As well as naked shipping costs, I also charge a small amount for the time it takes me to package your treasures: custom-making a snug bubble-mailer or tube to suit just the size and shape of your prints, handwriting out customs labels, very carefully balancing arrangements of things to ensure your parcel arrives in absolutely perfect condition.

♥ I *will not* falsely declare lesser values to avoid any import taxes. These are your responsibility to pay.

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About melmacklin

Sales 2,357
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A few words about Mel Macklin

Mel Macklin is a kitsch-smitten, fairytale-fancying, pop-femme picture-maker from Melbourne. She lives vicariously through the girl-characters she draws, who are at once strong, thoughtful, adventurous, and always have awesome hair.

As a professional daydreamer, Mel spends her days drawing her imaginary friends and all the fearless heroines she loved best as a child. They are all inspired, among other things, by fairytales, anime, eighties cartoons, and everything awesome Mel has seen in her life to date. Since her heart belongs firmly to Pop Surrealism, all of Mel's girls have such big eyes- all the better to eat you with, my dear! . . . Or something like that, anyway.

Mel has been on many arty adventures all over the world; not once but twice attending the prestigious Bologna Children's Book Fair, and meeting with the kings and queens of the illustration world: Nicoletta Ceccoli, Eva Montanari, and Australia's very own Shaun Tan. She has taught, and been taught, in Darwin and London, where she spent two blissful summers attending classes at the famous Central St Martins school for the Arts. Mel has seen foreboding Caravaggio's in the gloaming of a church somewhere in Rome; gazed long on the glittering madness of Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights' at The Prado in Madrid; wondered at the enigmatic smiles of Da Vinci's subjects at the Louvre, and collected children's books, her most coveted possessions, in just about every major city in Europe.

In 2011 Mel was lucky enough to be awarded a place in the Top 20 of the Koko Black Easter Drawing Prize. In 2014, her Dolly Parton tribute art doll made it into the Top 12 Finals for the CAE (Centre for Adult Education) Reginald Portrait Prize for Softies.

When Mel isn't drawing, you might find her twirling her hair, pinning all of Pinterest, attempting to tame her twin half-beagle puppies, cuddling Dave, their hooman dad and master picture-framer, who thankfully sheds much less hair and walks on two legs, drinking far too much bubble tea than is strictly good for a person, or daydreaming about the many wonderful things she will draw next.

Official website: www.melmacklin.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melmacklinart
Instagram: @melmacklin
Tumblr: http://melmacklin.tumblr.com/

Shop members

  • Mel Macklin

    Owner, Maker

  • Dave Heath

    Master Framer; General Awesome Fellow

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Last updated on Aug 8, 2021
Frequently asked questions
I just placed an order! When will it ship? When will my order ship? Where are you based?

Thanks so much! I print, package and process orders within 5-10 business days.

I live, dream and create in a little cottage nestled in the almost-countryside just outside of Melbourne, Australia. Every week, I take your orders on a walk to my local Australia Post Office; owned and run by a small family business just like mine!

I typically ship out and send shipping notifications Thursdays - Saturdays.

How will my order be packaged?

Here at MMHQ, our first priority is to ensure your new artwork arrives in perfect condition. We’re also making an effort to keep our packaging footprint as small and environmentally conscious as possible.

Enamel pins ship in A6 bubble mailers. Small prints and cards ship sandwiched between bend-proof sheets of foam core. Prints are sealed inside a clear cello envelope, then very carefully rolled inside a rigid mailing tube.

Most of our packaging materials can either be directly recycled or thoughtfully repurposed.

How do you calculate shipping costs?

I ship with Australia Post, so most of my shipping costs are dictated by their pricing structure.

I charge AUD$7-$10 flat rate for all domestic orders within Australia.

I charge AUD$22-$30 flat rate for all orders sent outside of Australia. Both prices include a tracking number.

Parcels can be tracked via the Australia Post website. You will receive a relevant link and tracking advice with your shipping notification.

A small percentage of your shipping costs may go towards the physical materials used to ship your order and keep your goodies safe.

Please kindly note, I will not falsely declare lesser values to avoid any import taxes. These are your responsibility to pay.

Do you combine shipping?

Yes! This is reflected in the flat rate of shipping for both domestic and international orders.

In most cases, I will combine the items within your order into one parcel. In some cases, pins and prints may ship separately, at no extra cost to you. Should this be the case, you will receive clear advice, including relevant tracking numbers with your shipping notification.

Help! My package hasn't arrived?!

The pandemic has had an impact on postal services. In 2021, shipping times appear to be mostly returned to pre-pandemic normal, but particular destinations may still experience delays.

Australian orders typically arrive within 1 week, but may take up to 2.

International orders typically arrive within 2-3 weeks, but may take up to 6 weeks.

You are welcome to contact us for a heads-up before this time. We will not send replacements however until the full recommended time has elapsed (99% of the time I'd simply be chasing one parcel with another!). While you are waiting, please check with your neighbours and local post office.

Oops! I made a mistake with my order!

If you made a typo in your address, or wish to add something to your order to take advantage of flat rate shipping, please get in contact ASAP.

Besides these two scenarios, all sales are final. Due to the delicate nature of artwork, I cannot offer exchanges. I cannot take responsibility for incorrect choices, wrong addresses or shipping times once I’ve dropped your parcel in at the Post Office.

What does giclée printing mean?

Giclée is a term interchangeable with 'fine art' or 'archival' when referring to prints. Giclée is a French work meaning ‘to spray’. This broadly refers to the process used to create long-lasting art prints using an inkjet printer.

Here at MMHQ, we use Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks on archival Canson Infinity Platine Fibre-Rag 310 gsm paper. For paintings that call for a softer matte finish, we use archival Hahnemühle Bright White Photo Rag 310 gsm paper.

All inks and papers are museum-quality, fade-resistant and have been tested to last for at least 120 years.

All giclée printing is done in-house, by me. I have 10 years professional printer experience and I am incredibly proud to offer you gallery-quality artwork at an affordable price.

Can you sign my print for me? What does limited edition mean?

All limited edition prints are signed by me, Mel Macklin. I do not sign art cards.

I typically make print editions of 200. This means there will only ever be 200 in the universe. Every single limited edition print is signed and numbered for authenticity.

If, for example, your number is 10/200, this means your print was the tenth out of 200 total. This makes the number on your print unique in the world; nobody else will have number 10.

You can find your edition number on the bottom left of a rectangular print; my signature on the bottom right. For oval prints, these details are hidden in the bottom portion of the printed oval area for easy framing.

What size frame should I buy for my print?

I mostly print on Australian A-standard sizes: A4, A3 and A2.

You will need a frame the same size or bigger than the paper size noted within each listing. We include a white border on all prints for more options when it comes to framing. This white border is designed to sit underneath a mat and provides an opportunity to keep the print stuck down, straight and in place within the frame.

Some ready-made frames comes with mats. Alternatively, you can get a framer to custom cut you a mat that perfectly suits the aspect ratio of your print. Framers are also able to cut oval-shaped mats for oval prints.

What are your enamel pins made of? What is the grading quality of your enamel pins?

My pins are made of zinc alloy with black nickel plating. They are not intended to be worn on anything besides clothing and may not be suitable for people with sensitive skin.

I consider my pins to be A grade. I promise I only sell pins I'd be 110% delighted with to purchase and wear myself. I triple-check every pin for any imperfections. Some of these irregularities are barely perceptible, even under my highly critical eye. If you take pin collecting *very* seriously, please scrutinise my photos carefully. If you have any issues with the quality of the pins pictured, my pins may not be for you, sorry!