By FREYJA POSTLETHWAITE
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.