Mel Armstrong


and Surface Pattern Designer

Hello and Welcome!

I’m Mel, an Aussie/Kiwi Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer living in the coolest capital in the World, Wellington New Zealand.   I work full time (around being a parent to my awesome kids) illustrating children’s books and designing patterns for fabric, stationery and kids’ products.

If you’re looking to collaborate or enquire about licensing, then let’s chat!!


SURFACE PATTERN DESIGN – I create patterns for a range of different products and companies, including fabric, children’s products and stationery.  If you’re interested in licensing a design from me, please do reach out and have a chat!

TEACHER – I’m one of Skillshare’s Top Teachers, putting me in the top 1% of teachers on the platform.  I teach both illustration and surface pattern design.  I’ve also recently launched my signature course The Art & Joy of Surface Pattern design, a 6 week intensive program that covers everything about Surface Pattern Design

CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION – I’m an award winning children’s book illustrator and have illustrated over 15 books ranging from baby board books, children’s picture books and activity books.  

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