My Name is Melissa Boardman
I sell as The Paperbird Society
What was your first piece and/or idea that made you keep creating? I constantly use my photographs of native birds as inspiration for my artwork. I started my stationery collection because I wanted to do something creative with my collection of native bird photos. The first Robin print I made encouraged me to do a range of prints with different native birds.
Who are your favourite artists? and what inspires your work? I really admire Ben Reid’s native bird etchings and woodcuts, they’re amazing, I also love Annie Smits Sandano’s prints. I always look to nature for inspiration, our native birds are a constant source for me.
What other areas would you like to explore or expand into? I would love to do more prints! I have acquired a letterpress and can’t wait to start using it to make some unique prints on lovely textured paper. I am also looking into making a range of notepads and different kinds of paper-goods to expand my range.
How has your creative style developed over time? My creative style has developed as I have been inspired by different elements, whether it be a particular bird, technique or simply a texture. Birds will always be my theme so they remain constant but my techniques and style keep evolving
What do you love most about working with your medium/material? I love that paper can be practical as well as decorative. Notebooks and greeting cards are practical as well as being little reflections of personality. Paper is so versatile and used in the right way can create amazing things..