Michelle Reader

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Artist making sculptures from recycled materials.


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All set and ready to go at Secret Garden Craft Fair #sherwoodartweek. Amazing range of exhibitors indoors and out!
Some of the materials I've been collecting for Monday's recycled bird making. Evening workshop for adults @curiousnottm, still places. For more info and booking details visit the events tab on my Facebook page (see bio for link). #recycledart #harleystudiogroup #birds #nottingham #artworkshop #sculpture
Inspired  by #nottinghampuppetfest18 and fancy an afternoon of making?  Join me this Tuesday afternoon @curiousnottm to turn found objects into birds sculptures. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/recycled-bird-sculpture-workshop-michelle-reader-tickets-42979764633?aff=efbevent
#recycledart #bird #sculpture #foundobjects #foundobjectsculpture
The geese made from litter with staff and students @astonuniversity yesterday for #gogreenweek. Thanks to @hannahboothman for assisting and Aston University staff for litter picking! 
Timely for #marchmeetthemaker day 17 helpers!
For Day 12 of #marchmeetthemaker the prompt is postage and packaging. My bumblebee sculpture was the hardest one to package, and I was finally forced to find a robust solution in order to send it to a TEDx event at Brunel University called 'The Future of Us'. The box has two hinged sides that drop down and a pole attached to the base that the bee slots onto. The base for the sculpture, made from part of a wooden cable drum,  gets screwed and tied in to the side of the box. 
#bumblebee #bespokebox #sculpture #harleystudiogroup
'How it's made' is the prompt for Day 9 of #marchmeetthemaker. This is my sunflower windmill in it's early stages. It was created for @lushcharitypot and I collected the materials from Lush's Green Hub. One of the things I found there was an old bed frame and I used the slats as the base structure for the windmill blades. The centre of the sunflower uses a large circular soap mould as well as pots and bottles. 
#recycledsculpture #windmill #sunflower #lushsummit #harleystudiogroup #soapmould #upcycling
#marchmeetthemaker Day 8, flatlay! A first for me, here's a collection of the random bits I use to make my sculptures. 
#recycledart #upcycling #harleystudiogroup
#marchmeetthemaker day 7. Routine - the palimpsest of my paper diary. Lots of crossing out after optimistic planning! Would use pencil but it can be useful looking back to see what I failed to do as well as what I did!
#diary #artistlife
Day 6 of #marchmeetthemaker and here's a view of my workspace at the Harley Foundation Studios on the Welbeck Estate. 
Day 4 of #marchmeetthemaker, my favourite thing to make. Always sculptures, always recycled materials, especially wildlife, and especially it seems the birds and the bees! 
#recycledsculpture #birds #bees #bumblebee #harleystudiogroup
Day 3 of #marchmeetthemaker and the prompt is 'how you started'. I've gone back to the turn of the century, the first few years after graduating from De Montfort University, just starting out as a self-employed artist and experimenting with making things from tin cans on a small scale. I was still making the occasional bee, even back then! 
#bee #recycledart #tincan #bottletops
Braving the beast to travel from my new home city of Nottingham back to the old one, London Town. Been back in the East Midlands 9 months now! #marchmeetthemaker #day2