MELANIE SIEGEL

The magical process of transformation from the recycled to create a new textile is the essence of my fascination with the medium of felt making and stitch.

Employing the traditional and the innovative processes and methods of textile making, this current body of work includes the stitched threads, textile collage, handmade and needle felt, recycled and vintage textile, and embellishment. The newest artwork today, is the convergence of experiences of collecting and reuse of textile. Described as abstract, the simplicity in the combinations of the threads and mixed media to create a new form is what is empowering.

 

Melanie Siegel is a textile artist, educator and exhibition coordinator. Her work in textile creation is innovative yet simplistic. 

As an Artist in Residence, Ontario Arts Council education grant recipient  for the York Region District School board,  has taught more than 700 students in felting  workshops, and created permanent legacy projects. Melanie has taken the primary role, of creating a Canadian exhibition, Edge of the Forest(edgeoftheforest.ca) for the Surface Design Association. Most recently, Melanie has been awarded the first Artist in Residence for the Richmond Hill Public Library.

A graduate from the Ontario College of Art, Melanie has acquired many awards, published and exhibited her work in Canada, USA and abroad.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

2017 Portland Museum of Art and Craft

2016 World of Threads, Oakville

2016 St John Art Centre, New Brunswick

2016 Fish Creek Community Library, Calgary, Edge of the Forest
2015 John M Parrot Gallery, Belleville,Edge of the Forest
2015 Gros Morne National park, Edge of the Forest
2015 Art Square Gallery, Toronto, Edge of the Forest
2014 Richmond Hill Performing Centre for the Arts, Ontario
2014 World of Threads, Installations Oakville, Ontario
2014 Orillia Museum, Carmichael Landscape Exhibition
2014 Stitches across Time, Dufferin County Museum
2014 Small Expressions,Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
2013 SDA Members exhibition, San Antonio,Texas
2012 Small Expressions, Long Beach,California
2011 Nicolas Rujak Gallery, Toronto,”Under the Jerusalem Sky”Jerusalem Foundation 2009/10 Musee de Jean Lurcet, Angers, France,Triennial de Mini Textiles; Europe,USA,Canada
2009/12 Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles, Canada / USA Upon the Doorposts  exhibition coordinator
2007/09 Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, ON
2009, Surface Design Exhibition Kansas City, USA
2008 American Tapestry Alliance Exhibition, Tampa, USA
2007 Deleon White Gallery, Toronto, ON. Solo Exhibition
2006/09 Museum of Textiles, Toronto, ON Shadowbox Exhibition
2005 International Textile Competition, Utrect, Netherlands
2004 National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2002/03 Musee de Jean Lurcet, Angers, France; Switzerland. Triennial of Mini Textile

COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS

Richmond Green Library, Richmond Hill, ON. Baycrest Terrace Synagogue, Toronto, ON. Country Day School, King City, ON. Richland Academy, Richmond Hill, ON Netivot Hatorah Day School, Thornhill, ON. Paramount Pictures, Bloor St. Toronto

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 Artist in Residence Richmond Hill Public Library

2015 Surface Design Conference speaker,(Edge of the Forest) Tennessee
2007/16 Artist in Residence, public, private schools in the GTA
2014/16 Public Art Advisory Committee, Town of Richmond Hill
2010/16 Baycrest Heritage Museum, Toronto Museum committee, installations2011/13 Curator: The Jerusalem Foundation, Auction Toronto

2005/09 Designer The Bead of my Heart /Jewellry

HONOURS AND AWARDS

2010/11/12/13/15 Ontario Arts Council AIE artist teaching grant 2012 Mayor’s Endowment Fund,Richmond Hill, Ontario
2009 Mayor’s Endowment Fund,Richmond Hill, Ontario

2007 Ritual Objects Award, Bene Visual Art Awards,USA
2005 Delightful Beading Award, Threadworks, Wellington Museum
2005 Jewish Arts Award Inaugural Cultural Grant, United Jewish Appeal
2005 Ruth Caverly Rabinowitch Memorial Award
1985 Canadian Artist Scholarship, San Miguelle de Allende
1984 Dorothy Hoover Honourable Mention, Ontario College of Art and Design/Lily Ma- ley Award, Ontario College of Art and Design
1984 International Textile Award, Ontario College of Art and Design
1984 Harbourfront Studio Award, Harbourfront Centre Craft Studios
1980 George A. Reid Award, Ontario College of Art and Design

PUBLICATIONS

2009 Surface Design Journal, Gallery Issue. Volume 30, No. 5.
2006. Ministry and Liturgy Magazine. Vol 33, No. 1. Feb/06.Sept. 2012 The Art of All Mankind Mary Schoeser,Thames and Hudson, UK

EDUCATION AND CONFERENCES

1984 Honours Diploma, Ontario, Ontario College of Art and Design
2002/12, Handweavers Guild Of America; Vancouver,Canada Denver Colorado, Grand Rapids,Michigan,Tampa, Florida, Albuquerque,New Mexico Long Beach,California,Providence,Rhode Island
2003/11 Surface Design Conference, Kansas City,Missouri ,Minneapolis, San Antonio, Texas,Arrowmont,Gatlinburg Tennessee

PROJECTS

Exhibition coordinator and visionary for national travelling juried exhibition, EDGE OF THE FOREST for the Canadian members of the Surface Design Association 2013/2015/2016. OAC Connections Grant awarded. edgeoftheforest.ca

Exhibition coordinator for travelling exhibitions for the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles 2009/16 

MELANIE SIEGEL

Born in Toronto, Ontario