Press & Testimonials
“I attended Melissa's workshop twice, it was really interesting and I loved this new way of looking at my emotions. For a person who considers herself non-creative, I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed expressing anger through destroying and burning my painting. I highly recommend it for everyone!” - Chloe
"Melissa’s intuitive painting art workshop was an incredible experience. This inspiring space really encouraged me, both to let go and be bold, as I moved through the fear of not painting beautiful enough. It helped me welcome joyful and spontaneous expression. I learned a variety of techniques, worked with vibrant colours and tools. Kept the momentum by moving the body to music, and last but not least, connected more deeply to my feelings and left feeling inspired!" - Angela
“The intuitive workshop I attended with Mel was a lot of fun. For me painting was very frustrating and Mel was very supportive, inspiring and assisted me with bringing out my anger onto the canvas. It's a joy seeing her teach, as the love she has for art and inspiring people to bring out their inner artist really comes through her work. Since that workshop my creativity has really skyrocketed. Thank you my friend!” - Will
“Yesterday was so amazing I can’t stop thinking about it!!! Although I wanted to keep going on my artwork, I’m glad we stopped to lie down (for the sound healing) with Terry and Gita playing music. It seemed to bring the whole experience together. Culminating it. Well done Melissa, I loved it!” - Angie
“The intuitive healing arts workshop allowed me such deep connection and produced radical shifts. I love implementing what I learnt on a regular basis. Melissa is a beautiful soul and her work is profound. I really recommend attending this!” - Amelia
"I feel that Melissa knew how to guide me and explain movements and painting techniques with simple words and examples that helped me explore my creativity." - Nahuel
Media for Melissa's sculpture at Swell Sculpture Festival 2021
Interview with Blank Street Press, 2021
Melissa was interviewed for her sculpture on display at the Swell Sculpture Festival in the Gold Coast.
"MEET MELISSA CAREY. SHE’S PRETTY SWELL. Ethereal and enigmatic in concept, but in reality grounded in tough materials and great deal of sweat, Melissa Carey’s arts practice is not a simple one to pigeonhole. She is bringing her unique perspective to September’s SWELL Sculpture Festival, alongside a plethora of talented established artists and exciting new talent on the Currumbin foreshore this September. We had a chat to this fascinating artist ahead of her very first showing at the beloved Gold Coast arts festival."...
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The Weekend Edition, 2021
Melissa was listed as the "Top ten must-see sculptures at this year’s SWELL Sculpture Festival"
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Must Do Gold Coast, 2021
Melissa's sculpture was featured in the article for the Swell Sculpture Festival.
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Melissa's sculpture was the feature image in "Your guide to the SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021"
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Swell Sculpture Festival Interview, 2021
"If you had to choose 3 words to describe your artistic style, what would they be?
Intricate, flowing, beauty."
Read full article HERE
What people are saying about Melissa's Sculpture at Swell Festival 2021:
"I love the way this sculpture flows and disperses energy outwards" - Neil
"This sculpture speaks to my heart and soul - I just love it so much!" - Julia
"Such a beautiful expression of the spiral of life. Really captures your inner wisdom and connection to the divine source" - Ojas
"Wow this is amazing Mel, so beautiful, love the energy flow" - Ayla
"This sculpture was my absolute favourite! I love love love how it changed shape from different angles, so clever!" - Jude
"This artwork has moved me beyond words! It is spectacular!! I can't believe it is being removed (from the public beach) it's iconic!" - Lyn
"This is amazing! You are such a talented artist and with such a powerful energy" - Empowering wellness
"This is pretty special, such a great story (behind the artwork), thanks and cheers to you, your talent and beautiful mind" - LJ
"Congratulations Mel for your brute human articulation of elemental inspiration. But words are nothing to hand forged sunshine and steel in a perfect dance in daylight" - Alan
"Loved this one the most!" "Geniusly beautiful!" "Simply fantastic!" 'wow this is powerful!" "My favourite piece from our visit today"
Beaudesert Times, 2021
"The strength of women is at the heart of a new exhibition opening at The Centre this month. Women's Work, which runs from February 19 to March 26, brings together the exhibitions Early, by Emma Thorp, and Welded Hearts, by Melissa Carey and Colleen Lavender, in a fusion of artistic styles."
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"Artist of the Week" Interview, Arc Magazine, 2020
Melissa was interviewed for the Arc magazine to inspire UNSW Students.
"I was always fascinated by sculpture and creating artworks in 3d form, and I felt that there was such a freedom to do anything I wanted. After majoring in sculpture during my studies, I continued to use sculpture as my main form of expression and fell in love with it more and more!"
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TESTIMONIAL: "Thank you for a wonderful few days with (my daughter) Hannah in your craft classes. She enjoyed it so much! Haven't seen her all afternoon as she is busy finishing her wall hanging!! She adored you and you have given her so many new skills! Thank you so much!" - Tracy
Channel 7 Live interview, Ephemera Sculpture Festival, QLD 2019
Melissa was interviewed by Channel 7 about her sculpture. Watch the interview here:
TESTIMONIAL: "It was a pleasure to spend this evening with this creative soul learning the art of Macrame. I hesitated to bring my girlfriend thinking it was a little outside the male comfort zone, I couldn't have been more wrong. Apparently the men get a kick out of tying knots too! So If your short on a partner (or cant coax them along) get a group of girls together, take a break from going on the drink and learn something new!" - Michal.
Award for volunteer work at Sydney Childrens Hospital, 2019
Melissa volunteered her time at the Sydney Childrens Hospital to teach kids craft workshops in the Mental Health Ward.
Home + Garden Magazine - August 2019
Melissa was featured in an article showcasing her textile art on the cover and within the selection of top 10 textile artists.
Sydney Morning Herald, July 2019
Melissa's rope installation at 6 Head Restaurant was mentioned in this article:
"Callie van der Merwe of Design Partnership has worked within the magnificent framework of the 1839 warehouse, with its hand-sawn timbers and soaring sandstone walls... Another installation of knotted hanging ropes from artist Melissa Carey softens the sandstone and also references the First Fleet, with a single knot for every one of the 1500 people on board."
Concrete Playground Sydney - August 2018
Melissa was featured in an article for her latest sculpture "Open Heart" for the Eat Your Heart Out Street Festival for the Liverpool City Council in Sydney, on the 25th August 2018.
"Playing to the name of the festival, Sydney-based artist Melissa Carey will create a huge heart sculpture that will arch over Railway Street as the festival centrepiece."
Inner West Courier (City) - March 2018
Melissa was featured in an article for her latest sculpture, that will be featured in the new Rich Street Arts Precinct in Marrickville.
“A LABOUR of love” is how inner west artist Melissa Carey described assembling this larger than life wooden sculpture which was unveiled for Chinese New Year.
Click HERE to read full article on the front page and page 8.
North Shore Times - Feb 2017
Melissa was featured in an article for the Sunset Artist Markets in Lane Cove, where she will be providing drop-in workshops for the community:
"Arty wares up for grabs: Creativity on display at markets. The inaugural event, at Lane Cove Plaza, will also feature workshops with Melissa Carey..."
The Huffington Post - October 2016
Melissa was featured in the DIY section with her guide to making terrariums:
"How To Make Your Own Terrarium (And Keep It Alive). If you're a forager, or just like to bring a touch of nature into your home, safe to say you have (or need) one of these little guys STAT. We've enlisted visual artist Melissa Carey, with experience running her own terrarium workshops in Sydney, to show us the ropes..."
South Sydney Herald Article - July 2016
Melissa received a full page write up in the local paper about her art practise and crowd funding campaign.
"Creative ties - Artist Melissa Carey has long loved drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. As a 12 year old she had her first jewellery stall. An art school graduate in hometown Perth, she worked for a while in the corporate sector but soon realised the office environment was not a healthy space for her. Three years ago she moved to Sydney where she has established her own creative business. From her share-space studio in Alexandria, Melissa conducts workshops in candle-making, printing and macrame. She enjoys festival work and volunteer work within the arts scene, as well as commissions large and small. Next month she hopes to complete an art residency in Berlin." Click HERE to read full article
Broadsheet Article - November 2015
Melissa was featured in Broadsheet for her craft workshops -
"Make It Yourself. Craft is cool, believe it or knot - Melissa Carey started her first art business at 12 years old. She taught herself the art of macramé, a repetitive series of knotting, and sold friendship bracelets in her local Perth community. Now Carey creates art installations and runs craft workshops from her studio in Alexandria..."
The Urban List Article - May 2015
Melissa and Nikipi were featured in The Urban List for the recent Mothers Day Candle Making & Yoga Workshop:
"Where To Take Mum This Mother’s Day - Step outside the box this year and treat your mum to something more than breakfast in bed."
Time Out Sydney Article - May 2015
Melissa and Nikipi were featured in Timeout Sydney for the recent Mothers Day Candle Making & Yoga Workshop:
"A Vintage Mother's Day Delight - Candle and Yoga Workshop - Treat mum to a 75-minute yoga class and a candle-making workshop this Mother’s Day"
Broadsheet Article - April 2015
Melissa was featured in Broadsheet for the best winter workshops -
"Get to Work: Pickling with Cornersmith, photographing flowers, making your own Kombucha or risograph-printed zine ... we've found the best workshops to help you stay productive this winter."
The Slowpoke Article - Feb 2015
Melissa had the pleasure of working together with Emma Bowen from the online magazine The Slowpoke - a beautiful collection of words and photographs for those who do their best to live a life that is simple, local and authentic.
Emma came by Melissa's studio and created stunning photographs of the different stages of making a Macrame Plant Hanger
Check out the Macrame Plant Hanger article HERE
TESTIMONIAL: "I had an amazing experience at Melissa’s Macramé Class. It was a fun night where we made some friends, ate some delicious home made treats, had a laugh and learnt some new skills! Melissa made even the trickiest knot seem simple, and her beautiful voice and great teaching techniques kept as calm when we started stressing out. We got to take our very own macramé pot hangers home at the end of the class. It was a great feeling being able to pick up some new craft skills in only a few hours! Overall was a very fun night!" - Jenny.
The Southern Courier Article - Jan 2015
Melissa was featured in the Southern Courier Newspaper January Edition: "ARTIST’S COURSES AIM TO REPOPULARISE LOST SKILLS - Maroubra artist Melissa Carey is taking aspiring artists back through memory lane to a time to the time of flared jeans and long hair and macrame - the 1970s." See full article HERE on page 34.
Sydney Central Article - Feb 2015
Melissa was featured in the Sydney Central Newspaper February Edition: "WEAVE SOME MACRAME MAGIC" See full article HERE on page 7.
TESTIMONIAL: "I REALLY enjoyed the soywax candle making workshop with Melissa a few weeks ago, I will be back to be part of another macramé workshop - it looks amazing!! Thanks Melissa!" - Nadine.