Michelle Reader

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Artist making sculptures from recycled materials.


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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
Meerkat sculpture, one of 10 I'm taking to @marwellzoo to create a sculpture trail for the month of August. This one's make from lots of reclaimed objects including wicker baskets, Hessian coffee sacks, a bike seat, plastic garden chair, snooker ball, wooden spoons and a traffic cone.

#harleystudiogroup #meerkat #recycledart #sculpture #zoo
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
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