Maria Francesca Melis

Maria is an Italian-born illustrator and graphic designer who grew up in Sardinia, a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Her work is heavily influenced by medical and botanical vintage illustrations. The tradition of Sardinian decorative art is a fundamental component of her research and in her work, there are often representations of clothes and fabrics that recall ancient embroideries and textures of the rich cultural heritage of the island she comes from. 

In New Zealand, where she has lived for some years, she has the opportunity to come into contact with the indigenous Māori culture and in particular the concept of “Kaitiakitanga”, which invites us to reflect on the relationship between humans and the natural world and the one that this peaceful population considers it an imperative responsibility to protect the environment.


– Illustration 

– Branding

– Packaging

– Editorial design