Melanie Miller is a maker, teacher, curator, writer and editor in the Textiles/Embroidery field. She also participates in and organises conferences and provides mentoring to individuals.
Melanie has a degree in History from the London School of Economics, a degree in Textiles/Fashion from Manchester Polytechnic, and a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Melanie worked as an editor at Dorling Kindersley book publishing company; and taught for over twenty years at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)/Manchester School of Art. She was the route leader for the MA Textiles course for eight years.
Recently Melanie has been working with the Ideas Foundation in Manchester on a ground-breaking project in secondary schools, brokering three-way residencies between schools, student designers and cultural institutions.
Melanie's research interests include exploring the combination of traditional and digital technologies; and issues around gender stereotyping, globalisation and branding. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Art of the Stitch 2006; Global intrigue II 4th Riga International Textile and Fibre art triennial 2010; The Power of Copying, Xuzhou Museum of Art, China 2010; and The Function of Folk, Krakow Ethnographic Museum 2012.
Melanie has extensive external examining and research supervision experience.
Melanie volunteers with the pioneering arts organisation arthur+martha; and is currently an advisor to the Quilt museum in York.
During May 2018 Melanie will be running workshops at Mostyn Art Gallery/CALL (Culture Action Llandudno) to create a banner for the Artichoke Processions project, culminating in a mass participation event in Cardiff on 10th June. https://www.processions.co.uk