Melissa Delzio 16 February 2008
Designer, Artist – can sing greek alphabet, has squeaky hicupps
Melissa Delzio was born in the sweltering Colorado river town of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, home of the London Bridge, party location for underage future porn stars, and destination for a slew of snowbirds promoting large Sunday pancake breakfasts. After 18 sunburned years of the big Arizona sky, wind swept sand dunes, and palm trees, Melissa started her journey north. She settled for 4 years at the base of the San Fransisco peaks at 7000 ft, in the quaint Route 66 hippie town of Flagstaff, Arizona. There she spent 4 years breathing in the fresh pine air, attending anthropology, sociology, geology, other “ology” courses and most importantly, design classes at Northern Arizona University. Some notable college moments include: waking up at 4am to get in line at the local watering hole for Tequila Sunrise while donning a sombrero, shoveling her car out of feet of snow that accumulated when a plower buried her car due to its illegally parked location, mastering the art of making the perfect jello shot, all the while maintaining deans list status. She also obtained her first job in design, advertising for a local entertainment company, that specialized in bringing second-rate comedians and artists to the stage in front a large student audience.
Two days after basking in the glory of her BFA diploma, Melissa continued her journey north, packing all worldly belongings in a 1995 Honda and hitting the road destined for Portland, Oregon. Upon arrival, Melissa quickly fell into a designer position at Creative Center and set about making Portland home. Over three years later, she is still enthralled by Portland in all of its rain-soaked, art-covered, beer-cheering, hybrid-loving glory. She has immersed herself in the design scene and established her place by initiating and leading the effort to bring the international digital design tournament, Cut & Paste to Portland in 2007.
What are you up to?
I am currently working full time as a designer, and fitting in freelance work when I can. I am the Creative Chair of Ad2 Portland and am knee-deep in the design for the Public Service Ad Campaign for Janus Youth. When not designing, I can usually be found roaming art galleries, consuming microbrews, volunteering at p:ear and absorbing other elements of Portland culture.
What are you into?
I am into eating healthy, living green, creating and experiencing meaningful art and design experiences, oh yeah, and Storm and the Balls.
What do you like most about Portland?
The youthful energy of the people, the creative collective. This shows itself in so many ways:
Alberta Art Fairs,Frist Thursdays, book talks at Powells, Ignite Portland, Living Room Theater, Porltand Center Stage, Stumptown coffee, p:ear.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be developing progressive creative solutions for a larger social cause, for the greater good. Of course this job would also provide generous vacation time and have a keg of Widmer Hefeweizen onsite to increase creative juices.
Have you ever been skinny dipping?
Yes, in the Pacific Ocean, but it was pitch black and it was after high consumption of cheap beer and campfire tales.