Melissa Maddonni Haims is a sculptor based in Philadelphia. She creates knit graffiti, soft sculpture, and large-scale installations using knitted and crocheted yarns.  Additionally, she sews unconventional quilts using vintage fabrics and subversive text. The majority of her work is produced using recycled, reclaimed and rescued textile materials.


Building, wrapping and hanging. Here is a selection of installations over the last 10 years. Many of these works are created from the sum of their parts. Many of those parts can be found in the soft sculpture section of this site.


The craft of quilting parallels nicely with the reality and experiences of womanhood — there are a million little pieces of ourselves that we stitch together everyday to build our personal narratives.

soft sculpture

Hard + Cold = Soft + Fuzzy.
You can find this work at the intersection of hard truth and plush objects.