Michelle Reader

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Artist making sculptures from recycled materials.


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Sent this little green army of awards off to the Wirral today. Used cans, bottles, tent fabric, coffee pods, scrap wood, forks...
#recycledaward #greenarmy #boyband
Great couple of days making a shavehorse with @greenwooddays in Spring Wood. Beautiful place to be amongst the trees and bluebells, fantastic company and tuition too!
#shavehorse #greenwoodworking
Second den! The 'into the forest'' storyden I've been making with families of 0 to 3 year olds in Aspley. Now at Aspley Children's Centre. It will be visiting Aspley Toy Library on Monday and Phoenix Adventure Playground next Thursday where storytellers will be visiting.

A project with Literacy Volunteers and Small Steps Big Changes.

Made from recycled materials, including cardboard tubes, coathangers, fabrics and more found at @playworksnottm, Nottingham's Children's Scrapstore which has sadly just closed down. Hoping they can find a way to resurrect!

Thanks to @maketomakenotts and their Aspley sewing group, and @lakesidearts for donating the amazing bean bags, which were originally made for a production of Little Red Riding Hood.

#forest #storytelling #recycled #literacyvolunteers #smallstepsbigchanges #storyden #childrenscentre #aspley #nottingham
The 'under the sea' storyden I've been making with families of 0 to 3 year olds in Aspley. Now installed in Aspley library for the holidays.  Storyteller visiting this afternoon at 2pm. 
A project with Literacy Volunteers and Small Steps Big Changes

Made from recycled materials, including the rim of a broken clock donated by @picmeupshuffle (thank you!), an old cot and a wooden rake found at car boots, nets, fabrics etc. from @playworksnottm, and some pallet wood.

#underthesea #storytelling #recycled #literacyvolunteers #smallstepsbigchanges #storyden #library #aspley #nottingham
Less than two hours to go of the Welbeck Winter Weekend! Busiest day yet. Doing my stint on the Harley Studio Group stand
Open for the Welbeck Winter Weekend for the next three days. A chance to visit the artists in the Harley Studios.
#recycledart #openstudios #harleystudiogroup
Jaguar at @creswellcrags for a recent photoshoot for the San Miguel Rich List.  Released yesterday, it's a list of people rich in experience rather than monetary wealth, and I'm in there as a 'Legacy Maker'. It was in yesterday's Evening Standard magazine,  and you can find the full article with photographs on the Independent website: www.sanmiguelrichlist.independent.co.uk/rich-list-profile/michelle-reader/
#creswellcrags #recycledsculpture #sanmiguelrichlist2018 #jaguar #harleystudiogroup
My intervention 'Plastic Harvest' at Beverley Art Gallery.  Bumblebee sculpture exhibited with upcycled pallet planters made by @vintagepalletco, filled with flowers made in workshops with children at St John of Beverley RC Primary School. Clown has become a scarecrow,  complete with four crows made from plastic cutlery,  coat hangers and vacuum cleaner tubes. Accompanies Julian Swift's exhibition of his series of Straw People,  amazing oil crayon drawings on gouache.  On until 3rd November. 
#recycledart #plastic #scarecrow #crows #bumblebee #sculpture #beverleyartgallery
A short time lapse video of me at work in my studio, one of a series that have been made of the makers at @harleystudiogroup. We'll be opening up our studios for the #welbeckwinterweekend, 23rd to 25th November. Come and say hello! Watch out for more short videos of my talented neighbours 😊
#harleyopenstudios #recycledart
And yet more of my sculptures on the trail at Marwell Zoo.  The jaguar is on temporary loan from Unipart Logistics,  has had his spots repaired and paint touched up, now hanging out with the warthogs. Bumblebee enjoying the sun, and meerkat causing a stir with his new neighbours (zoom in to see the real meerkats behind). #marwellzoo #summertrail #sculpturetrail #recycledart #jaguar #meerkat #bumblebee
Some more of the sculptures at Marwell Zoo.  The scimitar-horned oryx was made with the help of families at the zoo.  Redshank has been refurbished for the trail after being outside for several years.  New face and venetian blind feathers! The cygnet bringing up the rear is an additional sibling made by Zoo staff in a workshop on Tuesday. 
#marwellzoo #familytrail #sculpturetrail #recycledart #oryx #redshank #swans
Three of the ten recycled animal sculptures I took to Marwell Zoo, a family sculpture trail for August. The ostrich and zebra were completed at the zoo earlier this week with the help of families. The badger is made from tin cans, a coffee tin,  a megaphone,  hair clipper attachments and bicycle wheel tyres.  Thanks to @harley_cafe for the tins! 
#marwellwildlife #marwellzoo #recycledart #ostrich #zebra #badger #harleystudiogroup