Meet the Artist - Mel Roberts

Aug 18, 2022

We chat with our good friend, Artist and creative beauty, Mel Roberts from her home in London about her collection for Moss Living - Lines on Linen. We love other creatives and spotlighting artists which is why we were so excited to team up with Mel as part of our exclusive Artist Collab series. We chat to Mel about her creative style, where the inspiration come from for Lines on Linen, what she likes to do in her down time and more. 
Hi Mel, thank you so much for chatting with us! Firstly, can you tell us who you are and where you're based? 
I'm Australian born and I've been living in London for the past 4 years, working in Textile Print Design and further exploring my own projects in painting and illustration. Europe has been an incredible place to find inspiration and grow creatively with endless access to local and international art. There is so much diversity here and people seem very free to artistically express themselves.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I have spent a lot of time exploring and experimenting with different technique and styles and have found a lot of pleasure in creating abstract and semi abstract art, with a simplistic style. I love using Japanese inks and techniques to create organic, suggestive expressive lines and compositions. I find it fascinating how you can portray a story or feeling through a few simple expressive lines and shapes. 
We have loved working with you on our latest collection, can you tell us where did you draw inspiration from for the Lines on Linen Collection?
I loved collaborating with Christina and creating something special for Moss Living. Its been one of my favourite projects yet! At the time when Christina approached me to collaborate on Lines on Linen, I was working on a collection of abstract self portraits. These were created from continuous flowing over lapping lines which portrays the human figure in its environment. Lines on Linen was born from this concept, the relationship between humans and nature, with curves representing the figure, and lines and shape representing nature. 
I also find a lot of inspiration from Japanese art and design, with the simplistic style and use of inks and expressive lines. 
Which is your favourite medium to use when creating? 
I love ink and experimenting with different tools with the ink. I often use wood pieces, sticks and feathers dipped in ink to create unpredictable lines with texture and organic form. 
What's your most loved Moss Living piece? 
I love the Kimono robe. It is the prefect versatile piece for both relaxing in comfort at home, or getting out and about.
And lastly, when you're not creating, how do you like to spend your time? 
Living in London it is easy to get caught up in the fast paced and social lifestyle. As often as possible, I try to spend my spare time escaping to the seaside or country side for a bit of nature and peace. Finding balance and switching off is so important for rejuvenating the mind. 
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