An energetic and busy individual, Maggie Revel Mielczarek has been creating since childhood as a means of staying productive. Born in Indianapolis, IN, Maggie spent summers in Leland, MI before her family relocated to the awesome mitten when she was 14. Even prior to her current and extremely popular creative endeavor, Leland gal, Maggie had shown and sold paintings during her time as an elementary school art teacher in Evanston, IL and when she summered in Leland.
Currently involved in graphic design work, Maggie says she was introduced to the medium through curriculum additions at the school. Because she had never experimented with graphic work, Maggie was curious and open to working with the new medium. Shortly thereafter, she found a way to implement past paintings and works into digital programs and fabric prints. The positive reactions received from family and friends encouraged her to continue working in a brilliant and bright combination of fine and digital arts.
Claiming she wasn’t exactly a natural at painting or art, Maggie originally attended Michigan State University for Marketing before drastically changing her major to pursue a degree in Art Education.
The birth of her son in March 2013 allowed to her to not only resign from teaching to spend time with him, but also to further explore and hone her skills in print and apparel creation. Debuted in the summer of 2013, Maggie’s Leland gal line can be found at a beautiful shop in Fishtown, a historic area of Leland in the Leelanau Peninsula of our awesome mitten.
Maggie loves not having to choose between her two favorite mediums, acrylic paint and graphic design, and being in charge of her own shop and successful product line. Hoping simply to invoke feelings of joy and calmness in her customers and viewers, she is constantly inspired by the seemingly surreal surroundings of breathtaking Lake Michigan: she would like customers to feel like they’re taking home a piece of Leland. Her family, her community, and her penchant for color have had a strong influence on both her work and her creative practices. She also credits seamstress Laura Taylor and Traverse Bay Manufacturing as integral to the creation of her products.
Maggie has plans to launch a new line of fabrics and fabric products online in January and in her Leland shop in May. She hopes to market her line in other waterside communities as the reputation and popularity of Leland gal grows.