Michelle Reader Created Sculpture and Installation from Scrap Material

Michelle has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Scenography. She has recently relocated from London to Nottinghamshire and is now based at the Harley Foundation Workshops in Welbeck just to the north of Sherwood Forest.

She makes unique figurative recycled sculptures from household and industrial waste combined with found objects sourced from charity shops and reclamation yards.
Her sculptures sometimes have mechanical elements, using the working parts of old toys, clocks or other objects. She often runs workshops for festivals, galleries, and schools creating sculptures and installations from scrap materials. She also creates props, sculptures and models for theater, product launches, events and photo shoots.

“I love the unpredictability of found materials and enjoy the inventiveness necessary to transform them into a sculpture. I like to make work that is interactive and inviting, tactile and colorful. The joy of working with found materials is the unexpected uses that can be found for them. For instance, an umbrella and a bucket combining to form the trumpet of a daffodil, two old oil cans forming the basis of a wind turbine, or the internal workings of an alarm clock becoming a mechanism for a propeller” said Michelle at her site.

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