In late 2020 I was introduced to fellow Association of British Naive Artists (ABNA) member Silvena Toncheva by my good friend (and another ABNA member) Jan Phethean. Being a national organisation, ABNA has many far flung members (not to mention being in 2020 still) and Silvena wanted to get to know us all a bit better - so she started a regular series of Zoom interviews where she gets to meet us and ask us questions about our work and practices. You can watch the video of her conversation with me and find a typed version of our Q&A here: In Conversation with Melanie Hodge For...
Towards the end of the Outside In Step Up course I participated in over the spring and summer of 2019, I was interviewed about my hopes and experiences during the course. Read the full interview here See photos of the exhibition including work by all course participants here Book tickets to an evening of artist talks at West Dean on 8 October here
"From California, via Croatia, Learning to Paint on Glass, to a Studio and Room of Her Own in Sussex"
Melanie at the Galerija Ivan Generalić, Croatia * Interview with the Croatian Language School * I recently spoke to the London-based Croatian Language School about my time in Croatia, learning Croatian, and how I started painting on glass. Even if you already know the story, I'll never tire of telling it :) * Read the full interview here.
At the end of January I took part in an Outside In Ambassador Training Day. You can find my blog post for the Outside In website here: Outside In Ambassador Training: Making More Things Possible My journey with Outside In, reworking of training day exercise
Another article about the Outside In Share Art event in Fabrica earlier this month, this time by one of my fellow Outside In presenters - Annabel Wyatt. SHARE ART WITH OUTSIDE IN AT FABRICA GALLERY BRIGHTON The entire article is worth a read, though I'll be honest, my favourite bit is where she describes my work as "magic folk art." I'll be putting that on my business cards :)