Melanie Audet turns off the rock polisher her young daughters, who now are at school, like to use. “My kids love to collect rocks. They take after their mother, I guess. I don’t know. I always collected a rock from wherever I went, too.”
The noise settles to silence in the home studio — a converted mother-in-law cottage, among other things — she shares with printmaker Nikos Pulos.
Rolls of fabric hang on the wall of Melanie’s half-ish of the cottage. Dyed fabrics spread across a high table. A dress form is clothed in a kimono Melanie has made, an example of her shibori dyeing artwork.
And Melanie talks with Humanitou. She shares how she wound from a fortunate and contained upbringing in the Detroit area — “I was always the weird one” — to a second round of art school in Portland and, ultimately, how Manitou grabbed her to stay.
She remembers stumbling onto her life of weaving and fiber arts, and shines light on the spiritual call of creativity. Melanie, 43, also is one of the organizing members of Textiles West in Manitou Springs.
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