My environment provides abundant opportunities to observe the natural world. This world inspires me to glean materials from the roadsides, fields, and my garden to create something beautiful and functional. I want to preserve and draw attention to the beauty of plant material in its declining stages.
I use invasive plant species as well as willow, grasses, seed pods, leaves, rushes, sedges, and reeds. I re purpose these materials so that they are presented in a completely unexpected context. I love the process of collecting material as much as I do the repetitive meditative process of making my work.
Traditional basketry training has provided me with a place from which to explore new materials and techniques. I am always ready to experiment with different materials, techniques, and forms. It is my fervent desire that my work inspires the viewer to preserve and hold dear the natural world and to see beauty in places they had not considered..
where to see or read more
shows: Melanie's work can be seen at the Deer Lake Gallery from March 19-April 9, group show.
Apart from shows, Melanie's work can be seen at the following locations.
Locally on Salt Spring at ArtCraft.
On Vancouver Island at the South Shore Gallery, Sooke.
In Vancouver at the Crafthouse on Granville Island.
web: Read the artist's blog
More on the Craft Council BC website.
Have a look also on the Island Artisans website for more.
contact the artist