Melissa Maddonni Haims is a sculptor based in Philadelphia. Using various fibers, she creates knit graffiti, soft sculpture, and large-scale installations using knitted and crocheted yarns. Additionally, she sews unconventional quilts using vintage fabrics and subversive text. The majority of her work is produced using recycled, reclaimed and rescued textile materials.
After attending a long list of East Coast art schools studying sculpture, painting and printmaking, her career began in New York City in the 1990’s. Eventually, Life led her back home to Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Melissa's work has been shown in galleries and museums and is held in private collections throughout the United States. In 2014 she was 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.
Ms. Haims has been exhibiting at contemporary art fairs since 2011. During Art Basel Miami she was awarded the Tomorrow Stars prize at Verge Fair in 2011, and was invited to show public installations in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2015, she was nominated for the Pulse Prize at the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in New York City during Armory Week.