Wangaratta Chronicle - - Monday's People -

MELISSA Johns is well versed in many clas­sic media in­clud­ing char­coal and ink draw­ings, but it is her use of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als that has art lovers hooked.

Melissa cre­ates re­cy­cled art, which of­ten draw in­spi­ra­tion from na­ture, subur­ban life and maps, and are cre­ated by com­bin­ing re­pur­posed tea bags, cof­fee cups and nap­kins with acrylic or wa­ter­colour paint for a truly in­di­vid­ual com­po­si­tion.

Al­though she only started shar­ing her pieces early last year when she cre­ated her Face­book page, Miss Johns Miss­cy­cled Art, her work has al­ready been recog­nised.

Melissa won the view­ers’ choice award at the St Bernard’s Art Show last year for her work, My Wan­garatta, and again this year for her creation, Patch of Rus­tic.

“I re­ally can’t re­mem­ber how I started off with that first teabag house,” the artist said.

“The first paint­ing I made turned out and was re­ceived re­ally well.

“They were re­ally time con­sum­ing but I just fell in love with them and kept go­ing with the style.”

Melissa’s very first ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘A Trib­ute to Tea’, opened in style with a high tea at the Wan­garatta Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Centre on Satur­day, September 2.

The dis­play fea­tures 26 of her orig­i­nal re­cy­cled art­works.

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