Melanie has been working with textiles for as long as she can remember, learning her craft as a child, from her mother and her favourite aunt. After beginning her working life as a bank clerk, it wasn’t until undertaking an HNC in Stitched and Constructed Textiles, as a mature student, that she discovered sewing didn’t have to be either utilitarian or traditional embroidery. The world of textile art opened up in front of her, and she was hooked. Melanie finds great pleasure in sharing this enjoyment with others, and completed a PCCE enabling her to teach, encouraging others to find joy in creating textile art.
Melanie describes her work as “painting with fabric and drawing with stitch”, and she’s most inspired to create when she has an intense emotional connection with the subject. She often uses her own poems to explore her subject and her connection to it. She finds great comfort in this process, both the writing and the making.
Melanie lives near Ruthin in the Vale of Clwyd, where the Clwydian Range is the backdrop to her life. Here she enjoys solitary, mindful lane running, and taking part in hill running or walking with a local group and her husband. Her current work began as a response to the covid lockdowns, and how running and walking helped her cope with the isolation from family and friends. She expressed her emotional response to this most unusual and difficult time in world history through poetry, which then inspired her textile work. As time has gone on and we have all begun to learn to live with covid, the calming feeling Melanie experiences through running and walking has continued to inspire more work. Her work distills a “sense of place” which can be interpreted by her viewers as a familiar view or an emotion. Her intention is to share the peace and tranquility she finds through her art with her viewer.
TO PURCHASE MEL'S WORK: Mel's work is available as prints and greetings cards and can be purchased either via mail order, or in the gallery. For all enquiries and orders please contact David Morgan via telephone 07946 788735, or email firstname.lastname@example.org We can accept credit/debit card payments over the telephone.