Melanie has developed and refined her
specialist techniques for printing onto sheet tinned steel for over
fifteen years. The painstaking process starts with the creation of
original, colourful and highly intricate gouache paintings which
serve as masters for the printing process. The metal is then
hand-printed and coated before being cut, folded, coaxed, smoothed
and transformed into complex narrative sculptures, mysterious worlds
in miniature, dioramas and tiny artefacts giving them a jewel-like
intensity of colour.
Melanie trained in illustration at
Birmingham School of Art. She works from her studio at home in
Birmingham and also as an artist leading participatory projects. She
has won several awards for her work and her sculptures can be found
in collections in this country and abroad.