About the Artist: Melanie Chouinard
Melanie Chouinard is a mixed media fantasy artist in Wilton, New Hampshire who specializes in clay, paper mache, plaster and air dry sculpture as well as fine bead embroidery. She is self taught since starting sculpting in 2010; learning her craft solely through practice and intuition (when moving the clay a certain way feels right, it usually turns out looking right). Almost all her creations tell or suggest a story of their own so that they form a bond with the viewer and encourage viewers to embrace their imagination and sense of whimsy. In January of 2011, Melanie opened The Silver Branch. She became a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in 2018.
The Silver Branch creations can be found over 3 dozen countries around the world in various private collections and independent boutiques as well as festivals, renaissance faires, art shows and gallery events in New England.
When Melanie is not bringing faeries and dragons to life, she's writing a novel about them, taking orders from a gang of spoiled parrots, wandering the wilds, beading masquerade masks and enchanting hummingbirds with her harp.
"The forests and wetlands are settings that inspire wonder and imagination. It is no wonder that faery stories and fables have been staged in these settings for generations. In trying to recreate the enchantment of the sunlight filtering through the trees, the mischievous laughter of a hidden stream or the impossible flight of a bumblebee, it only seems natural to me to use my art to tell the magic of nature through the magical world of faeries. Polymer clay is a versatile medium for achieving the 'realism' I strive for in each of my creations. Polymer can appear as soft flesh or hard dragon scales. As I work the clay, I am guided by the feel of the sculpture. No molds. No templates. This makes each of my creations unique, full of character, full of life. Bringing the magical, the fantastical, to life is the driving force behind my work. My sculptures are meant to sparkle in the imagination and inspire others to keep magic and nature alive in their everyday lives."
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