About Melanie Kyles

Melanie Kyles is a contemporary embroidery artist based in Newcastle, UK. She works from her studio in Ampersand Inventions, creating distinguishable hand-embroidered pieces that stem from her own hand-drawn designs and writing. Current works include illustrated portraits of influential women, of those who lead, inspire and create.

After graduating from Newcastle college, Melanie had a desire to create a fashion brand focussed on offering people a sustainable choice without compromising on the artistic design integrity of the pieces. With a mission to prove that the craftsmanship of hand embroidery can be used in a contemporary art context, Melanie continued to explore her abilities as an artist alongside her fashion brand. Her first solo exhibition was held in Praxis Gallery, Newcastle where she demonstrated her ability to merge the worlds of art, craft and fashion by embroiling vintage art pages.

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      Since then Melanie’s work, of both a wearable and conceptual nature, has been featured in fashion shows within the north east and has reached an global audience through international exhibition, publication and sale. In 2017 Melanie decided to focus on her business full time and, since then, has developed a portfolio of both wearable and static artwork that rings true to the core values of both her person and brand.

      Ethics

      Melanie’s sense of social and environmental responsibility stemmed from her extensive research into sustainability within the fashion industry. As the sole owner of the Melanie Kyles brand, she is able to control each stage of materials sourcing and ensure that she only uses suppliers who share her ethical views.

      Craft

      A unique skill mix in the areas of art, craft and fashion have meant that Melanie has developed a strong respect for the act of handcrafting items. Heritage plays an important role in the nature of embroidery, something which Melanie pays homage to by using contemporary art background to safeguard the craft.

      Experience

      Melanie uses each individual interaction to echo the values of her brand. Her playfulness, love of learning and appreciation for luxury is interlaced with each interactive experience and ensures that the individual is left feeling appreciated and inspired.

      Community

      Melanie is passionate about creating a culture around the relationship between art and craftsmanship in a contemporary context, as well as exploring creative industries in a wider societal and environmental context. She wants to use her platform and brand to create a two-way conversation about these topics.

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