Just completed my installation wall piece ‘wriggle’. This will be mounted on the front wall of Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, for the duration of Artcraft, June 8-Sept. 16. Artcraft is celebrating 50 years this summer, the longest running craft/art exhibit in the province.

wriggle, wall installation


cbc interview, Mrs. Williams-homage to a homemaker

http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/north-by-northwest/episode/15537806  Sheryl McKay of the CBC weekend morning show, North by Northwest, met me at the Port Moody Art Gallery to interview me about the exhibit, Mrs. Williams. She was great to talk to, have a listen, just press play.

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find me on instagram

I now post new work, new shows, and news on instagram, find me at


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Richmond Arts Council

FEATURED MEMBER: Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson lives and works on Salt Spring Island and in a very small cottage at the Finn Slough on the Fraser River. She has practised basketry for many years using traditional and non traditional materials. Melanie recently completed the Diploma in Fine Arts at ECUAD. This course work informed her design sensibilities and led to her mixed media work.

Melanie has exhibited and sold her work widely. Her work can be found at Crafthouse, Granville Island, BC, South Shore Gallery, Sooke, BC, and Artcraft, Salt Spring Island, BC. It can also be viewed at http://www.saltspringartistdirectory.com, www.craftcouncilbc.ca and on her blog https://craftymelanie.wordpress.com


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a whole lot at once

It has been awhile and I have been working on a variety of different projects lately. Some are stitched pieces, some are sculptural pieces and some are painting/collage pieces. I do a daily sketch and a daily collage and then work on what I currently need to finish. Here is a sampling-

bone and bead mobile

stitched leaves, plant bits, series of boxes

copper wire looped fish trap

copper wire looped with sequins fish trap

pine needles twined with waxed linen and wool

collage using paint and print papers

collage using paint and print papers

daily sketch book drawing

new acrylic and watercolour painting, spring

new acrylic and water colour painting,summer

I also have been frequently posting on instagram https://www.instagram.com/melaniethompson1/?hl=en

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new show, new work

geology transformed

willow bark nesting basket

These pieces plus others will be at KiZmit galeria and cafe on Salt Spring for the month of October. I am showing with a photographer.

There is also the 20th anniversary show of the basketry guild in October.

basketry show 20 years in the making

My piece is in the middle of the top row.

totems, bark, net floats, and driftwood

As well I am working on these totems, for a land art proposal for Mahon Hall next summer. The floats will be painted in stripes. One of my previous land art pieces is on the back wall. It will also be in the KiZmit show.

spontaneous stitch

hand stitching with leaf stems from mountain ash and tea stained cloth

I went to two wonderful classes at Maiwa, spontaneous stitch with Christine Mauersberger and I am still working on these pieces. I also took, skins and skeletons with Mo Kelman, for 5 days, and that will inspire much more work.

chaotic weaving with deconstructed bamboo blinds

I have also started an instagram account @melaniethompson1.


bark residency continued

stones wrapped with cane

The wrapped rocks are with cane not bark. I am still working with my bark supply. Having finished with the cherry and birch bark I have been using my supply of willow bark. It is such a lovely material, smells nice, and is pliable and easy to form. Here are some photos

various willow bark vessels with birch and some kind of other bark

of bark revelations.

totems and talismen in birch and cherry

birch explorations

willow talismen

birch bark vase with curly willow

birch circles


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