In celebration of the 21st Birthday of The Harlequin Shopping Centre in Watford, I have spent the weekend enticing shoppers to weave a plastic strip of shopping bag onto this giant 21.

I made the 21 earlier in the week using chicken wire and a wooden frame. (Wearing gloves seriously stunted my ability to create the frame so my hands are now extremely scratched!)

Retailers from the shopping centre donated their shopping bags to be woven into the installation. I must admit, some bags made for more interesting strips than others (a particular favourite of mine was the bags from Pumpkin Patch that are multi-coloured, spotty AND stripey all in one bag!!)

Shoppers were also invited to write a birthday message and attach it to the giant 21 that stands at just over 2 metres tall.

The giant, multi-coloured 21 will be on display at the Gallery on the the third floor of the shopping centre until the end of the month.


Bog Standard Gallery

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American conceptual artist John Baldessari was looking for people, who wanted their name in lights, for 15 glittering seconds.

Your Name in Lights reflects the changing cult of celebrity in modern society and recalls Andy Warhol’s prediction that in the future everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame. Drawing on imagery from Broadway theatre displays and Hollywood films, this ambitious new work will involve more than 100,000 participants.

So last week, i tuned into the webcam to see my name in lights on the top of the Australian Museum facade. It was late afternoon here in the UK, and of course the middle of the night over in Australia (hence why there is not much to see in the screen shot!) but was exciting non the less!

Happy new year to all! I think one of my resolutions will definitely have to be to update this more (even though it feels very wordy compared with a tweet!), but there is lots to report!

Towards the end of 2010 was extremely busy – always a good thing for me as I love having lots to do, and it means i have gotten involved in lots of exciting projects! The one I will share today, is the Art Therapy Without Borders International Postcard Art Exchange.

I have to say, I have always been fascinated by mail art projects – I adore receiving mail from around the world (I suppose this parallels my love for receiving email of toilet sign photos!) and I also love the idea of the journey that the envelope/letter has just accomplished! Whilst studying for my art foundation I exhibited a piece of work i created about just this, but never actually participated in a mail exchange until now!

The ATWB Postcard Exchange is a perfect way to start. Having now qualified as an Art Therapist, and having a particular interest in using the applications of the principals of art therapy in different ways, this was a great opportunity to find our how other art therapists around the world are practising.

You can read more about the exchange and see the postcards already received on the ATWB website. I have already received a few, and am looking forward to binding them into a book once i have received the set 🙂

My ten year old brother Jonathan managed to take some time away from the football pitch to make this picture. It was his first time using pastels and I was so impressed i thought it needed to be shown off!

Well done Jonathan!

Hello! It has been a very long time since my last post – I have been busy writing essays towards the completion on my MA. (Not an experience I wish to repeat!) But i am happy to report I am now finished, and back in the creative world! 🙂

This weekend it was the Hayes Carnival in Hillingdon, and I ran an art workshop for young children and their families.

The theme of this years carnival was ‘Stardust’ and the carnival also wanted to convey the topical message of sustainability.

Using bottle tops and other used and discarded plastic items from local businesses, I invited the participants to ‘make their mark on the Earth’ by using the pieces to create a world globe. The bright and colourful globe looked healthy from a distance, but on closer inspection highlighted the litter strewn environment in which we live.

Having recently moved from London to Hertfordshire, i am enjoying exploring.

The inspiration for my previous projects has always come from everyday, mundane things around me, and i am looking forward to seeing how Hertfordshire might inspire me.

I have already joined, and used the local Freecycle group and become a member of WRAP, the Watford Recycling Arts Project. Having been so immersed in thinking about the environment last year whilst i worked on The Sustainabilitree Show, i think i would find it very difficult to make work that didn’t follow this theme. The main purpose of me joining WRAP and Freecycle has been to gather materials for a series of art workshops I have been running with the local kids. We have been using unwanted and recycled materials to make beautiful works of art! The first workshop used these materials to create a 3D ‘map’ showing the kids perceptions of their local area. They used the materials to create houses, roads, bus stops, shops and places they enjoy spending time. Anything not seen as important didn’t make it onto the map – hence no schools but all the local hang outs where they go to smoke! I have found this a very useful way familiarise myself with the area and I am certainly down with the lingo even if i do still rely on my TomTom to find my way around!

It perhaps seemed like I disappeared a little towards the end of 2009…i was just busy getting married 🙂

Having had a good rest I am now looking forward to what the art world and 2010 have in store.

In just a few months i will hopefully be a qualified Art Therapist…just a few essays to get through before then! Perhaps a new installation on the horizon too…

Happy new year to you all…i will be back soon.

Melanie BODA!

PS. You can watch a short wedding clip here.


Malvern Exhibition of Contemporary Art (MECA), Church Walk, Malvern, Worcestershire.

4th – 31st October 2009

‘Bog Standard Signs’

New photograghs from my ‘Bog Standard Signs’ series will be exhibited at the Malvern Exhibition of Contemporary Art from the 5th October 2009.

More details coming soon..

The Sustainabilitree Show

Paul Mines CEO Stanelco Plc and Justin Rowlatt 'Ethical Man' admire the Sustainabilitree


…and i am holding my ground :S

All packed and ready for set-up tomorrow! (It feels a bit like i am going on holiday in the morning, especially with my scheduled 6am start), but unfortunately there are no bikinis in sight…it’s all white tac and hammers etc!

I am looking forward to seeing my Bog Standard Gallery once again, after it’s visit to family and friends at Superloos! Lets just hope all the deliveries arrive in the right number of pieces!…

The Sustainabilitree is uprooting and embarking upon it’s journey to London 🙂

Hoping to see you all at The Sustainabilitree Show!

3 days!

A Sustainability themed art exhibition

Open daily 12-4 pm; on selected performance evenings the exhibition will open from 6pm-8pm, Friday 26th June 2009Monday 6th July 2009

Ally Image 2

Curated by Melanie Warner, after whose own biodegradeable sculpture the show is named; this diverse collection of media from emerging British Artists aims to inspire and provoke debate around issues of sustainability and the environment.

From the spectral and elegant ‘World on Stilts’ by Helen Edling to the absorbing abstract beauty of Billy Style’s ice paintings these exhibits offer a rich feast for thought.  Warner has invited all the artists to make inventory of the materials and quantities used in their creation.

‘These details fascinate me’, she explains’ and are part of a conscious attempt from the arts community to take stock of our attitudes to materials and waste’. The ‘Sustainabilitree'(2009) itself is made from corn and starch based bioplastic. Standing over 3 metres high it holds 10,000 individually cut leaves. Ghostly objects (cassette tapes, remote controls) visible under the ‘bark’ hint at the pace of moving technology whilst the bio-based,degradeable polymers offer an optimistic alternative to petro plastics and landfill future for such objects. Necessarily impermanent the tree has already dropped leaves which visibly compost at its base and indicate the work’s eventual complete disintegration and re-absorption into the soil.

Demonstrating an imaginative end use Ally Rosenburg’s startlingly engaging busts ‘Chewing Gum Woman’ and ‘Teabag Man’ are formed from – as you can probably guess from their titles, used chewing gum and teabags. A case here no doubt of ‘where there’s muck there’s brass’.

I have never been a fan of personalised number plates, until i saw this…


…and thought i could be quite tempted!

The Sustainabilitree Show Logo