With cut metal and paper, Melanie strives to create striking and complex impressions, uniting traditional motifs with contemporary themes, balancing the flow of lines with the depth of space.
"I enjoy integrating Hebrew text in design, bringing out the beauty of the letters and the essence of their message."
Compositions include tableware, Judaica, intricate sculptures and framed art.
"In metal, my pieces are designed to be viewed from all angles. Once lasercut, they are brushed, glass-blasted, or anodized to a smooth finish to achieve functionality, utility, and beauty."
The Spring Seder Plate, cut from stainless steel, won the 2010 NICHE Award in the category of Judaica. This piece and others from my collection are sold in museum shops and fine arts galleries across the country. All of her work is crafted in the USA.
Melanie's artistic work began in 1994 with the creation of a ketubah for her own wedding.
"I draw inspiration from the countryside of Illinois, where I live with my husband and three children."