Melbourne, Australia 1730 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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mel macklin

Announcement    ♥ Pop-femme digital painter, pin designer and storyteller from Melbourne.
♥ Kitsch-obsessed 80's kid building my own magical girl fempire one picture, pin or pretty thing at a time.
Email: missmelmacklin [!at]
Instagram: @melmacklin


Last updated on Mar 30, 2019

♥ Pop-femme digital painter, pin designer and storyteller from Melbourne.
♥ Kitsch-obsessed 80's kid building my own magical girl fempire one picture, pin or pretty thing at a time.
Email: missmelmacklin [!at]
Instagram: @melmacklin


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About melmacklin

Sales 1,730
On Etsy since 2011

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.

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  • Mel Macklin

    Owner, Maker

  • Dave Heath

    Master Framer; General Awesome Fellow

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Last updated on Sep 6, 2019
Frequently asked questions
"What if my package is damaged?''

Straight up, this has happened *maybe* twice in my 8 years on Etsy! Unless they are forced with the weight of a mammoth, I expect your goodies will make it to you in perfect condition!

If there is something wrong, please send me an Etsy convo as soon as you receive your package.

Include clear photographs showing the damaged item and the packaging. This documentation helps me see clearly where I need to reinforce my packages in future, to ensure this doesn't happen again!

Each case is different. I appreciate your understanding and clear communication as we work together to achieve a positive outcome for us both.

Don't worry, where I can see your parcel has been damaged in transit, I'll get a replacement to you quicksticks!

"How will you package my order?''

♥ Pins and prints sent separately.

♥ Pins are shipped in a6 bubble mailer.

♥ Small prints (a5 and a4) are shipped securely inside a clear acetate pocket and sandwiched between 2-4 sheets of bend-proof foamboard.

♥ Prints a3 and larger are wrapped inside acid-free paper and an acetate pocket, then very carefully rolled inside a rigid mailing tube.

♥ Please contact me if you *don't* want your print rolled.
Sending larger prints flat incurs extra postage; I will be happy to create a custom listing for you.

♥ Except for single art cards, most purchases arrive gorgeously gift-wrapped and reinforced with foamboard/ bubble wrap. Unless they are forced with the weight of a mammoth, they will make it to you in perfect condition!

"How do you calculate shipping costs?"

Please note that the stamp you see on your parcel is not the only cost I consider when calculating shipping.

In my shop, shipping charges cover: gift-wrapping/ packaging, actual costs of postage, Etsy listing fees, the 5% Etsy takes from me for each purchase (this is charged on both the physical item and the shipping).

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.

"Do you combine shipping?"

I do my best to combine different items in your order into one neat parcel to save us both some money. There are a few exceptions to this.

If you've purchased both pins and large format prints, I may ship them separately (better this than having your prints reach you all scratched up!). In some cases (A4 prints or cards), I may ship these different items together. I will notify you if I have shipped your items separately.

Current shipping prices in my Etsy do, as very best they can, accurately reflect all of the factors discussed above. I have done my best to determine flat rates for each category of items in my shop so that it is cheaper, should you purchase multiple items of a similar kind, to ship them altogether.

"Do you refund shipping overages?"

Yes! Overages of a few dollars or more will be refunded. Please see the "How do you calculate shipping costs?" FAQ for more detail on shipping costs.

"Do you offer rush shipping options?"

I can, but only to Australian addresses.

Express Postage typically costs AUD $10-$15 extra within Australia.

Please feel welcome to convo me if you need your goodies in a hurry. (This includes guaranteed next day delivery within the approved Australia Post network- please visit their website to check if your address qualifies).

"Help! My package hasn't arrived?!"

♥ Please allow the full 10 working days for all Australian addresses.

♥ Please allow the full 21 working days for all addresses outside of Australia.

♥ You are welcome to contact me for a heads-up before this time. I 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.

"Do you provide tracking?"

♥ Tracking is provided for anything that qualifies as a parcel. This generally includes orders of multiple items, and prints a3 or larger.

♥ I do not provide tracking for pins. This means, if they are lost after the 10-21 days has elapsed, I will happily replace your order.

"What is the grading quality of your regular priced pins?"

I consider them to be more or less A grade.

Very tiny irregularities occur during the cloisonne enamelling process. Some Pantone colours (particularly bright reds and yellows) don't always have the full opacity and consistency of other colours. The metal can sometimes cast a very slight green tinge, especially in areas that are very small and detailed.

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, as above, are barely perceptible 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 those pictured, my pins may not be for you, sorry!

"What is the grading quality of your pins in the sale section?"

Please read all listing descriptions carefully for specific flaws associated with each design. Some pins aren't flawed at all, I just want to make room for fresh stock!

Mostly, sale pins are considered B and C grade pins. These may not be suitable for collectors who collect fantasy pins or similar.