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Mel Day was inspired to start creating in wire in the 1990’s by imagining her drawings of invented characters floating in free space. Mel says that wire is an addictive material with endless possibilities and she continues to teach herself and others new techniques. Circus, myth, carnival and human relationships are on going themes for her mixed media figures. She makes wire birds, which often refer to traditional folklore. Mel has a great love of words and poetry and writes short and long poems in wire, often to commission. She is working with Haiku writers at present. Mel says she really enjoys the privilege of sharing in her customers’ treasured words, which frequently celebrate memorable moments. Mel is working on a set of pieces based on natural forms. These will be on view at Fresh Air Sculpture Show, Pool House, The Old Rectory, Quenington, Gloucestershire. 11th June-2nd July 2017.

 

SOLO SHOWS

2015

Postcards From an Ordinary Childhood    Black Swan Art Gallery, Frome

30 watercolour and oil paintings based on early memories. Community memory quilt

project and mixed media sculpture

2009

Wild Women and Other Beasts    Black Swan Art Gallery, Frome

Wire sculptures  

 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2016

Joie de Vivre   The Yew Tree Gallery, Morvah, Cornwall

Set of mixed media figures based on a carnival procession

2015

Winter Show   Leeds Craft and Design Centre, Leeds

Set of mixed media figures

Pressgang   Gloucestershire Printmakers Gallery, Stroud

Etchings

2014

Behold!   The Yew Tree Gallery, Morvah, Cornwall

Wire night birds

 

2013

All Wired Up   Walford Mill Craft Centre, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Selection of wire sculptures

2012

Out Of The Woods and Into The Wire   Ferrers Gallery, Ashby De La Zouch

Selection of wire sculptures

2010

All Wired Up   Society of Designer Craftsmen, London

Selection of wire sculptures

2009

A Winters Tale   Brewery Art Gallery, Cirencester

Wire figures

 

SELECTED SHOWS PRE 2009:

Fresh Air, Quenington, Wiltshire                           

Black Swan Gallery, Frome, Somerset  

First Light, Stourhead, Dorset 

The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset

Wolf at the Door, Penzance, Cornwall  

Feeringbury Manor, Essex 

Essex University 

Minories, Colchester, Essex  

Conway Hall, London  

Prema Arts, Gloucestershire 

Association of Illustrators, London

 

COLLECTIONS

National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth. Many private collections.

 

Other Activities:

OWL GALLERY

Founding and current member of collective gallery in Frome, Somerset 2010-

 

BLACK SWAN ART GALLERY

Exhibition programming and curating team 2015-2018. Respected provincial gallery showing high standard exhibitions

 

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

2015

Lead artist on Awards 4 All funded, Home in Frome, Community Threads project. Mel designed this project, which bought together children and elderly and isolated members of the community. They shared memories and made them into a large quilt of images and words, which is now on permanent display

Helping set up similar project for Bradford on Avon

2013/14

Working with Frome Community College to create carnival costume entries

2012

Lead artist on a Heritage Lottery funded Home in Frome community project working across all sectors to create 40 banners based on lost industries for parade and display. Also working with school children to make 80 marbled book sleeves for special presentation

2011

Lead artist working across all sectors to create 40 giant lantern heads for carnival

2010

Lead artist for Home in Frome ‘Moving Home’ project. Creating 100 lanterns for carnival to commemorate a local estate that was being demolished and rebuilt

 

Leading and running workshops for community organizations eg: Barnardos, Creativity Works, special needs schools and groups

TEACHING

Visual artist for Creativity Works, Co Create Creative Facilitation in Socially Engaged Art workshops 2015-

Leading wirework workshops in many environments eg: Walford Mill Crafts, Black Swan Arts, Brewery Arts, Fresh Air, schools and universities, groups and organizations 1987-

EDUCATION

1984-87  Higher Diploma in Illustration. Distinction.  Harrow C.H.E
1983-84  Art Foundation. Hastings College of Art and Technology

Continued professional development in printmaking, SEA and other areas