Melissa Maddonni Haims is a fiber artist based in Philadelphia. She creates knit graffiti, soft sculpture, and large-scale installations using knitted and crocheted yarns. The majority of her work is produced using recycled, reclaimed and rescued textile materials.
Her career in the arts began in New York City in the 1990’s, and life led her back home to Philadelphia in 2004, where she lives with her husband and young daughter.
Ms. Haims has been exhibiting at contemporary art fairs in Philadelphia, Miami and Chicago since 2010. During Art Basel Miami she was awarded the Tomorrow Stars prize at Verge Fair in 2011, and was invited to show public installations at Select Fair in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In March 2015 she was nominated for the Pulse Prize at the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in New York City during Armory Week.
Her work has been shown in galleries, museums and is held in private collections throughout the United States. She was recently featured on an A&E network television program about artists who make work out of unusual materials.
She has been yarn bombing internationally since 2010.