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People Who Are Freaking Geniuses: Michele Pacey
Here's the second post in what I think will be a roughly-monthly series. Last month, I shared Scott Bedford's particular brand of genius, and this month, you'll meet Michele Pacey.
Michele Made Me is a truly inspiring blog. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that Michele is a very focused maker, and she shares her creative journeys in the form of really cool projects and tips.
She does a lot of amazing work with recycled materials – up above there, you see her toilet paper roll flowers and some egg carton flowers. Seriously, can you even identify the source materials from these designs?
But one of my very favorite things about Michele Made Me is Michele's series work. I think this is a brilliant way to organize creative exploration! Visit her Series page, and you can link to the projects she's done to explore a particular theme. There's a Feast of Flowers series, a Candy Wrapper Chains series, and more.
I think going deep on a specific idea like this makes for some amazing creative breakthroughs - and this shows in Michele's work. I love how often she makes me stop and think about the humblest materials in fresh ways.
I've been following this Halve a Circle series with great interest. Such a simple premise – just materials cut in circles, and then cut in half. What can you make with them? Well, Michele's already made the butterfly garland pictured above, and some wallflowers, and a cool dragon tail necklace. I wonder what she'll come up with next?
In fact, I think it's that anticipation that makes Michele Made Me so much fun to read. Whereas a lot of us bloggers fall into a pattern of saying, "Here's a cool thing I made, and there's a cool thing I made," Michele really digs in and explores creative possibility. The fact that she brings us along for the journey and shares so many beautifully-photographed tutorials of her discoveries – that's a very generous gift indeed.
If you like Michele's work, thank her with a comment, won't you?
(So, have you guessed what the source material is for those heart frames? It's Kleenex boxes, I know, right?!