Melanie started her weaving journey working primarily in natural fibres – alpaca, cotton, linen, mohair, silk and wool. This year’s creations include man made fibres, tencel and chenille, and synthetic novelty yarns.
It’s the year of stash busting, a fibre artist’s term for finding a place in your work for all the many yarns and odds and ends in your collection – the natural fibres you’ve always loved and all the found yarns from here and there: synthetics, sparkle and shine; embellished with beads and sequins.
It’s all about the sparkle and bling this year. Melanie is inspired by the sunlight on the icicles of winter; shadows from the trees; reflections of light on her studio walls; thoughts from her dreams.
She relies on her sense and appreciation of colour and texture to give each work a personality of its own.
She produces mainly decorative accessories for the body, but balances this with cozy throws and blankets for home and equine use.
She relies on her sense and appreciation of colour and texture to give each work a personality of its own. She also enjoys experimenting with some whimsical mixed media pieces when she has time to get away from the loom and walk on her forest trails for inspiration and gathering materials.