Come and enjoy our gallery which supports over forty talented designer makers. Open Tuesday – Saturday 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Melanie Tomlinson works with illustration and metal to create vibrant and intensely detailed sculptures and brooches that reflect her deep love and passion for nature. She is particularly interested in butterflies and moths and their representation in folklore. Motifs of these insects appear in Romanian lace patterns from which she also draws inspirations. Personal links with Romania give Melanie Tomlinson a particular affinity for its people and landscape. ‘Romania is close to my heart’, she confesses, ‘so for me it is natural that aspects of its culture find their way into my work.’ She explains, ‘my processes start 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, coaxed, smoothed and transformed into complex narrative mysterious worlds in miniature and tiny artefacts giving them a jewel-like intensity of colour.’
Melanie Tomlinson trained in illustration at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. 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, notably the George Little Management International Marketing Award (awarded at the Chelsea Crafts Fair in London) to visit the New York Gift Fair. Several of her pieces of automata are in collections in this country and abroad, and she has work on permanent display in New Walk Gallery, Leicester and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.