Category Archives: art

Hip to be square

After the success of my exhibition, I wanted to keep the ball rolling….! I still have so much fabric that I have created that wants homes and I want people to enjoy the things that I have created. Thank you to my fabulous friends Lorna and Jude, who discovered a unique shopping experience that would provide me with a forum to sell my wares.

in.cube.8r is a store in Mosman that provides artists and designers with their own little ‘cubes’ to display their products.

I visited the store and loved the vibe and the concept.

Looking around, so much love had been put into all the handmade products that were on show. The pieces were so diverse and interesting and truely showcased some creativity.

After chatting to Susanne, the lovely lady that runs the Mosman store, I am lucky to have my own cube in the window of the store!

In the store there is already a lot of other resin jewellery design (though mine is pretty awesome! HAHA)…. so, I wanted to add to my collection and make my work stand out from the crowd… surprised?

To do this, I Used my fabrics, and I have created….


They are $30 each and are available in any of the ALPHABETISM fabrics!


After 6 months of hard work, it all came together and I had a great exhibition opening on Friday night, 17th June.

To look around and see the 26 letters of the alphabet as fabrics, an upholstered chair in my ‘Toast on Baked Beans’ fabric, a skull rug and different resin jewellery that I had handmade, I was really proud of my accomplishments.

The work looked polished, fun and playful and the pieces worked individually and as a whole.

I was really excited to sell some pieces and I know that they are going to some really good homes. I hope that in the weeks after the exhibition, other people will hear about my work and will enquire about pieces – They need to be seen by an audience and not hidden in my house – I don’t have enough wall space! HAHA

I have ordered some more fabric for myself and am going to spend the holidays sewing some dresses.

I wish the gallery was open for longer – it seems like so much work for just one week. It was also a shame that Primrose Park is in such an isolated spot that there wasn’t much foot traffic. I wanted more people to see what I had done.

I hope to get a market stall and my promote my online store so that more people can have some original Jess Melkman’s!


A little video to showcase all my work!

Watch this space

Coming to this space on Friday…. My exhibition!


All my artworks, lined up, ready to be hung…..


Turning 30!

The last few days have been spent in the studio refining my jewellery and stretching my fabric over canvases.

I keep stepping back and looking at the space and my work in it and cannot help but smile.

I have achieved so much in the last 6 months. I am so proud of myself. I have become an artist.

  And I turn 30 tomorrow.



Counting the days till my Exhibition!

6 months have flown by!

My exhibition opening is on the 17th June 2011… so the days are counting down!

With my concept resolved it was great to have a goal to work towards. Using the letters of the Alphabet as inspiration, I designed images from words that start with A – Z.

So, it is a playful and fun. They icons that I have chosen may not be what you expect or what you would choose yourself… But that is what has made it so interesting to do. Every time I have told someone what I am doing for each letter, then look surprised and comment that they would do something else. Maybe my next exhibition could be based on audiences suggestions?

I have translated my designs into digitally printed textiles. Meaning that they can be viewed as wall pieces as they will for the exhibition, or people can but and use the fabrics for garments, bags, or even pillow cases! What ever you heart desires.

All the designs are original and I have tried to approach each letter with a different mode of representation from photography to paper cutout to watercolour to digital manuipulation to ripped cardboard to embroidery.

I have had soooooo much fun and am going to miss having a space to go and be creative.

I hope to see lots of friends, family and fans of art and design coming to see my exhibition.

Art is meant for an audience! Come along and enjoy it!

It’s as easy as ABC

Have been developing my concept and subject for my exhibition and am working towards artworks that explore….

the Alphabet!

I was inspired by the book AlphabetsA Miscellany of Letters which illustrates the way designers have used type in their work. Each ‘chapter’ is the next letter of the alphabet.

I have designed two fabrics so far and have a long way to go!

A is for Aeroplane

B is for Babushka

Can you help me brainstorm ideas for some other letters?

Here is where I am at!

I have also collaged some experiments together to make fabric design

So, now that I have figured out a concept that I am happy with….

I have also been experimenting again with resin jewellry, I have a new respect for Dinosaur Designs!

I made a new mould for a ring, but am not really feeling it.

But, I have polished up some of the rings that I already made and am happy with the results… see them soon in the COPYANDPAINT shop!


I have been experimenting with using animation…

Don’t think that I like it… But it is a start…

From discussion at uni I have been trying to refine my concept… After buying this book:

I am thinking of looking at letters and the alphabet. Using the design of the letters to make artistic responses. Then developing this into textiles.

This is one that I created this week!


Project 1A

For uni, we had to design a project brief that we propose, develop and execute.

Seeing as I have such an awesome space to do such a thing in, I am using my studio as the site of this project.

The problem then was to develop a cross-disciplinary proposal that suited my skill set, the aesthetic of the exhibition and fulfilled the outcomes of the course.

Here is an animation that illustrates what I have come up with…

Work in progress

Just some things that I have been working on…. Experimenting and getting some new ideas…..!

Toast on Baked Beans

See my latest fabric designed by me and printed by Spoonflower!

The theme was breakfast and I decided to experiment with a photography design for the fabric. I love what I have done and am envisaging a dress made from this fabric. What do you think? Good enough to eat?

If you like it, make sure you vote for it in this weeks contest!

What a dress may look like…..

During the week I finally got to meet Jen… the lady that I am sharing my space with. All this time I have been greeted by these developing canvases with having a face to the artist. He concept is awesome and I think her work is going to really compliment what I am producing.

It was really nice to end the week with all my friends visiting me here at the Studio. Fellow teachers came down after school and we had a few drinks to celebrate the opportunity that I have been given.

Now it is back to work.

I am also developing a website at the moment... see me at copyandpaint!!