Melanie is a lino printer based in Bristol. She has been lino printing since finishing an Illustration Degree.
She hand burnishes otters, dancing dogs, tapirs and huge flocks of birds and bees onto lovely printmaking papers in limited editions. Using black and gold inks these make striking and playful images with a touch of humour.
Her original lino printed designs are also available on tea towels, totes and enamel mugs.
Watch Mel’s #MiddayMakers interview on our IGTV channel.
Check out Melanie’s instagram profile @melwickham
In my business Unruly Print I hand-draw, hand-cut and hand-print all of my designs, using traditional lino printing methods and techniques. The imagery in my work is inspired from my own childhood memories, but I also work on commissions for customers memories too. Each lino print is a unique artwork and comes signed by me.
Like everyone I loved playing and being creative as a kid. I have really fond memories of this time and there were always lots of other children in the house because Mum and Dad child-minded. This meant we spent every spare minute coming up with games and making things with bits of old cardboard, paint and glue.
As I grew up, I forget to make time to play, society and life threw some challenges my way that got in the way of being creative. Lucky for me I was given the chance to go to uni at the ‘mature’ age of 23, I successfully gained a Fine Art degree and Masters in Art.
After leaving university I had a series of different jobs to help balance and juggle the life of an artist and the reality of bills and adult life. I went into teaching for 5 years and while doing this was able to spend time learning with the children through play. This is when I started to revisit a childhood skill of printing and from a print of Southwold Lighthouse in 2017, Unruly Print was born.
I am now a full-time artist working in print, photographing, sculpture and digital media. I am also a speaker and broadcaster of creativity and I am passionate about giving everyone the opportunity to experience and enjoy art.
Makers Market From Home has given me a focus for my creation of prints. In ‘normal’ times I would try and create new work for upcoming markets, now I have a virtual market to work towards instead. I have met some wonderful makers and customers which has made me feel less alone in this time of isolation.
Watch Andy’s Midday Makers video here.
For more info please visit:
Etsy Shop – Unruly Print
Instagram – @UnrulyPrint