Green Tin Butterfly Brooch
Beautifully decorative green tin butterfly with a steel brooch pin on the back.
Butterfly measures approx 8cm.
Melanie Tomlinson is an automata maker and illustrator. Her printed tin pieces are inspired by human life and a passion for nature. Her work sometimes has roots within other cultures and may appear deliberately mysterious or strange.
Romania is close to her heart and Melanie often includes traces of its culture within her work. Themes from folklore run like threads through her work, allowing her to step into another world, to explore the world of the unfamiliar and transform its stories and symbols. The themes and messages in folktales transcend time and culture and are still relevant to our own experiences.
She has developed and refined her specialist techniques for printing onto sheet tinned steel for over fifteen years. The painstaking process starts 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, folded, coaxed, smoothed and transformed into complex narrative sculptures, mysterious worlds in miniature, dioramas and tiny artefacts giving them a jewel-like intensity of colour.
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