Hi hello to all my new followers. Thanks for joining this little slice of art with me. I have seen tons of people do 10 facts to help followers get to know the people behind the brand so I thought maybe you would like to put a person and a heart behind the art you see here.
1. My name is Mel and I am 30 and some years old! I don't like to count anymore as it edges closer and closer to 40 😱. I'm still 25 in my head.
2. We are a family of 4 humans, a dog, cat, fish and 2 birds.
3. We own a few businesses. The art is my happy place but the bread winner is a kitchen manufacturing company. We build kitchens and send them all over Australia for cabinet makers. Chances are, if you live in northern Qld or NT - and have a 2 pack cabinetry... we probably made it.
4. I am a teacher and social worker by trade.
5. My brain moves very quickly and I connect dots rather easily. It frustrates me to no end having to explain things to people that is so simple to me. Especially when the explanation is back story irrelevant to my point....
6. My daughter is a smaller more emotionally unstable version of myself. She is my Kama. I fear the teen years.
7. I am surprised every time someone buys a print... and a little embarrassed.
8. Sharing new paintings is beyond terrifying as it's like exposing a little of your soul to the world knowing not everyone will like it and some people may tell you that not so kindly.
9. Social media business is difficult for me as I am always contactable. Everyone has immediate access to you and the pressure is immense.
10. My ultimate business goal is to become known in Australia for art. To make a name for myself as a real artist. Making money is nice but if I was an established artist that would be mind blowing. Ultimate goal is to one day have the skills to enter the Archibald prize.... you have to paint some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics.... who would I paint???
It's no secrete, I am a paper snob. I love paper. I want to curl up in it as a bed and make dresses out of it and make sweet love to it.... ok maybe not quite that far.... however. I LOVE paper. I can't tell you how many times I have gone and seen prints at the markets with artists selling their work and they can't tell you anything about their prints. Can't even say the gsm (weight). It makes my heart sad. The reason some prints cost $10 when others that look the same cost $30 is because of two little factors.... paper, and ink! Cheaper prints will have what is your basic card paper. The paper I use is all archival papers. My first choice every time is the Hahemühle (Han-a-mule-ā) "German Etching" it's a textured 310gsm 100% cellulose mould made paper. It's so so pretty and is certified archival genuine fine art paper. To me, it's perfect in every possible way. The second element to make a quality print is the ink. I make giclee prints - which literally means to "squirt". So it refers to a ink jet print. The giclee element is that my printer uses pigment inks not dye inks like a standard inkjet printer. Big big difference. A pigment ink is an expensive powder ink in a liquid where as a dye ink that is dissolved in a liquid. A pigment print prints on the paper and dries on top of the paper where as a dye ink soaks into the paper and dries in the top layer of the paper. A pigment ink print on the right paper can last up to 200 years! Most archival papers have a 70yr rating where black and white prints often are rated at 200 years! This is when they are under the appropriate lighting and framed in airtight frames. If you have your print in direct sunlight not framed and in an uncontrolled environment, your not likely you get 200 years out of it! I print with an Epson large format 9 ink system, Epson were the pioneers with the pigment inks development. Pigment printers can come in anything from 5-13 ink systems. These are not you little home printers. I'm talking professional large printers, the printers themselves are dumb and do what they are told, unfortunately that is not as simple as press print and walk away. It's complex!