Melanie creates her work, which includes jewellery and decorative objects, entirely by hand, using a process of her own invention (inspired by the Japanese metalworking technique, “mokume gane”), involving veneers of polymer and several stages of ‘firing’. Her trademark organically inspired veneers are made by pressing into the polymer with special textures which Melanie has created, then carving away layers to reveal the patterns below. Finally, the pieces go through fine sanding and buffing to create a lacquer-like finish. The end result is a beautiful yet practical and robust item. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including at Bijoux, Norton Museum of Art Florida, SOFA Chicago. American Craft Council Baltimore, London Design Fair and in the National Museum of Scotland and National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. Melanie's designs are in the collections of private individuals around the world. She was a Silver Medallist in the Craft & Design UK 'Selected' Awards and has won First Prize two years running in the polymer category at the International Bead Dreams Show USA. Melanie says, “I am constantly inspired by the colours, shapes and patterns that surround me in the Highland landscape".
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