dearest inez was brought to life in 2003 as a much needed hobby for owner/maker melissa liptrap. melissa graduated that year with a b.s. in communications from west virginia state university and found herself bored with a full time desk job. although melissa considers herself largely self-taught, she credits her mawmaw inez for inspiring her to make. she loves dancing in her garage, appalachia, west virginia, the mystery hole, treasure, gems, ultra fine point sharpies, dresses with every dearest inez piece is lovingly designed and made by melissa. she currently resides in louisville, kentucky with her two cats, kitty and stella.