Melanie Tomlinson

Melanie trained in illustration at Birmingham School of Art. She is passionate about creating visual narratives involving marginalised spaces and communities, both human and natural.

Melanie is fascinated by spaces which are often neglected, found hidden between urban and rural places, often overgrown yet full of life. She observes and notices small details weaving true stories about these into elaborate and often complex sculptures. Her intention is to honour the stories of the overlooked through making things that are full of emotion and vitality.

Melanie's creative process involves using original illustrations printed onto metal, often combining these with other materials or found objects. Multi-layered, detailed and colourful, her pieces can be seen as three-dimensional illuminated manuscripts. Documenting a moment in time they focus on a central narrative but also feature intriguing details in the margins or secrets such as handles which operate moving parts or hidden compartments.