Why Mobiles?

Mobiles are unique and intricate pieces of art that stimulate both relaxation and focus. Beyond their beauty, mobiles combine elements of movement, balance, color, and light, which have the power to uplift one’s mood and transform the ambiance of any room. Unlike other types of art that hang flat against the wall, mobiles glide through space and draw the eye upward, which is known to increase feelings of serenity and joy.

Custom mobiles range in size from small ornaments to large installations and are a perfect addition to any home or business, including: bookstores, coffee shops, spas, health & wellness centers, and therapy offices.


About the Artist

Melissa grew up in a family of artists: her mother is a print-maker and her grandmother was a sculptor. These two women were her first art teachers. In college, Melissa studied painting and print-making at Wesleyan University. In 1999, she received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study mask-making techniques and traditions internationally.  Her experience making masks fostered an interest in creating objects that people could wear and interact with. When she returned to the United States, Melissa began making jewelry.

Seven years ago, in the middle of a cold, Boston winter, Melissa turned her metal-working skills toward making mobiles. She wanted to create something that added color, light, and movement to the January bleakness. Mobiles have a unique capacity to change the ambience of a room, creating balance and harmony.  Melissa enjoys observing how people interact with mobiles and hopes to continue making sculptures that people can both look at and play with.

Melissa makes her mobiles using hand tools and a torch. She creates the branches and the sculptural elements of each mobile with a mix of metals, polymer clay, paper, and glass beads. She makes each piece individually, so no two mobiles are exactly alike.