Melanie Ashton

is creating art

2

patrons

$15

per month
First things first! Who on earth is Melanie Ashton and why does she want my hard-earned crust?
Erm, well...

I was born of the rain and the cold, damp earth of Northern England. I'm an artist, a self-taught doll maker, author, illustrator and photographer. A wanderling, a dreamer, a collector of bones, a lover of rust and dusty sequins and a delighter in twisted humour and unfortunate tales.
I'm never happier than when I have clay down my fingernails, paint in my mouth and twigs in my hair, penning a tale or sculpting, immersed in the exploration of making the intangible tangible. I desire to keep searching for treasures in the mists, listen quietly to the whispers and roars of the natural world, to keep alive a connectedness to the "Unseen". I desire to continue to bring this back sculpture by sculpture, tale by tale and sketch by sketch into the world and share all the mysteries, quiet imaginings and unsettling tales with you.



Why am I here asking for pledges?

I'm here because I am at an important transition point in my creative life,  I desperately need to step away from smaller more commercial pieces with which I eek out a basic living, in order to develop and grow as an artist. To be able to continue creating my art I need your support. To put it plainly I need a living wage and funds for materials, studio rental, equipment and to further my artistic skills.

Being an artist is as fundamental a need to me as breathing. So I am incredibly grateful for the support I have received thus far, from those who purchase work and from those who simply write to tell me how much a piece has touched them. 

I have so much more to share. Sketchbooks full to bursting with ideas and inspirations lay piled up gathering dust not because I do not have the desire to create them but because my resources are incredibly limited. 

Artists were once an valued part of the community and received patronage which essentially paid them to create. Times have changed and now the artist is rarely seen as an essential part of the collective, which quite often leaves us at the edges scratching for pennies while we work, or sometimes giving up entirely the creativity that makes us who we are. Patreon allows artists to connect with a global community of generous people who appreciate and wish to support the arts. It's all about tiny raindrops creating a vast ocean, which means that everyone can make a difference.

Collectively even the smallest pledge will give me the opportunity to live my purpose and make all I dream possible, which is no small thing at all.
For those who wish to support me but are unable to become patrons, you will help me enormously just by sharing this page and my work through social networks. 

It has been challenging for me on many levels to take this leap of faith and ask for help. I've written about that journey and why I made the decision to come to Patreon here:   Deep Breaths and Waking the Ones that Inhabit the Depths




What will your pledge be supporting me to create in the coming year? 

The first project I am embarking on is  'The Darkened Offerings' a new collection of 9 sculptures that weave together elements of folklore, witchcraft, animism bound together with gossamer thin threads of connection to the natural landscape.

A set of masks to be created for a collodian project with photographer James Walker.  James creates beautifully atmospheric images and I look forward to our worlds colliding.

Storyboarding for an animated film for a deliciously melancholic piece of music by Break The Silence. The animating and production process is to be separately crowdfunded, we aim to reach completion in early 2017.

Doll making tutorials.

Working on a body of large pieces expressly for a solo exhibition - details to follow...

A living wage while I  work on an illustrated collection of short stories.
 Publishing costs will be separately crowdfunded.

I some top secret and very exciting projects in the works which, with your support, will be revealed in Spring 2017...

Equipment:
Desktop computer and film editing software
Professional camera and tripod

Professional development:
Casting and printmaking techniques



A little information about Patreon and how you can pledge.

Patreon is a crowd-funding platform, it's a little different to Kickstarter which is used for funding single projects. Patreon allows artists to be supported on a monthly basis from as little as $1 per month or per creation. In return for your generous support you will receive rewards based on your pledged donation, from patron only posts to tutorials and surprise packages. The rewards for patrons are listed  at the side of this page.
I have set up my pledges as a fixed monthly amount which means you will never be charged more than you have pledged.
Patreon accepts Visa, MasterCard, America Express, JCB, Discover, Diners Club and PayPal. Pledges are converted into USD and the agreed amount will be debited from your card or PayPal account each month.


There's more to see and read here www.anthropomorphica.com so grab yourself a cup of tea and take a peek...

Thank you


Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You are actively participating in supporting me so that I can grow as an artist, keep creating and live the life I dream of.  I give you my heartfelt thanks for your generosity and commitment to me and I hope you will be delighted with what your support enables me to create.

Pledge $5 or more per month
You are actively participating in supporting me so that I can grow as an artist, keep creating and live the life I dream of. I give you my heartfelt thanks for your generosity and commitment to me and I hope you will be delighted with what your support enables me to create.

You will also receive:
- Access to patron only posts
- Exclusive wip previews 
- The opportunity to purchase new work before it's publicly available.
Pledge $10 or more per month
You are actively participating in supporting me so that I can grow as an artist, keep creating and live the life I dream of. I give you my heartfelt thanks for your generosity and commitment to me and I hope you will be delighted with what your support enables me to create.

You will receive all of the rewards listed above plus:
- Access to special video posts
- Downloadable high resolution images to print via email monthly ( sketch or sculptural image)
Pledge $25 or more per month
You are actively participating in supporting me so that I can grow as an artist, keep creating and live the life I dream of. I give you my heartfelt thanks for your generosity and commitment to me and I hope you will be delighted with what your support enables me to create.

You will receive all of the rewards listed above plus:
- access to online tutorials
- A copy of my book “The Shady Tale of Persephone de Grimoire”
- a A5 giclee print sent out quarterly
Pledge $50 or more per month
only 10 left
You are actively participating in supporting me so that I can grow as an artist, keep creating and live the life I dream of. I give you my heartfelt thanks for your generosity and commitment to me and I hope you will be delighted with what your support enables me to create.

You will receive all of the rewards listed above
plus
- a package sent out twice a year to include any of a variety of items  handmade, found objects, sketches etc…
- credited as a patron
Goals
$15 of $490 per month
Bronze casting workshop
1 of 1
First things first! Who on earth is Melanie Ashton and why does she want my hard-earned crust?
Erm, well...

I was born of the rain and the cold, damp earth of Northern England. I'm an artist, a self-taught doll maker, author, illustrator and photographer. A wanderling, a dreamer, a collector of bones, a lover of rust and dusty sequins and a delighter in twisted humour and unfortunate tales.
I'm never happier than when I have clay down my fingernails, paint in my mouth and twigs in my hair, penning a tale or sculpting, immersed in the exploration of making the intangible tangible. I desire to keep searching for treasures in the mists, listen quietly to the whispers and roars of the natural world, to keep alive a connectedness to the "Unseen". I desire to continue to bring this back sculpture by sculpture, tale by tale and sketch by sketch into the world and share all the mysteries, quiet imaginings and unsettling tales with you.



Why am I here asking for pledges?

I'm here because I am at an important transition point in my creative life,  I desperately need to step away from smaller more commercial pieces with which I eek out a basic living, in order to develop and grow as an artist. To be able to continue creating my art I need your support. To put it plainly I need a living wage and funds for materials, studio rental, equipment and to further my artistic skills.

Being an artist is as fundamental a need to me as breathing. So I am incredibly grateful for the support I have received thus far, from those who purchase work and from those who simply write to tell me how much a piece has touched them. 

I have so much more to share. Sketchbooks full to bursting with ideas and inspirations lay piled up gathering dust not because I do not have the desire to create them but because my resources are incredibly limited. 

Artists were once an valued part of the community and received patronage which essentially paid them to create. Times have changed and now the artist is rarely seen as an essential part of the collective, which quite often leaves us at the edges scratching for pennies while we work, or sometimes giving up entirely the creativity that makes us who we are. Patreon allows artists to connect with a global community of generous people who appreciate and wish to support the arts. It's all about tiny raindrops creating a vast ocean, which means that everyone can make a difference.

Collectively even the smallest pledge will give me the opportunity to live my purpose and make all I dream possible, which is no small thing at all.
For those who wish to support me but are unable to become patrons, you will help me enormously just by sharing this page and my work through social networks. 

It has been challenging for me on many levels to take this leap of faith and ask for help. I've written about that journey and why I made the decision to come to Patreon here:   Deep Breaths and Waking the Ones that Inhabit the Depths




What will your pledge be supporting me to create in the coming year? 

The first project I am embarking on is  'The Darkened Offerings' a new collection of 9 sculptures that weave together elements of folklore, witchcraft, animism bound together with gossamer thin threads of connection to the natural landscape.

A set of masks to be created for a collodian project with photographer James Walker.  James creates beautifully atmospheric images and I look forward to our worlds colliding.

Storyboarding for an animated film for a deliciously melancholic piece of music by Break The Silence. The animating and production process is to be separately crowdfunded, we aim to reach completion in early 2017.

Doll making tutorials.

Working on a body of large pieces expressly for a solo exhibition - details to follow...

A living wage while I  work on an illustrated collection of short stories.
 Publishing costs will be separately crowdfunded.

I some top secret and very exciting projects in the works which, with your support, will be revealed in Spring 2017...

Equipment:
Desktop computer and film editing software
Professional camera and tripod

Professional development:
Casting and printmaking techniques



A little information about Patreon and how you can pledge.

Patreon is a crowd-funding platform, it's a little different to Kickstarter which is used for funding single projects. Patreon allows artists to be supported on a monthly basis from as little as $1 per month or per creation. In return for your generous support you will receive rewards based on your pledged donation, from patron only posts to tutorials and surprise packages. The rewards for patrons are listed  at the side of this page.
I have set up my pledges as a fixed monthly amount which means you will never be charged more than you have pledged.
Patreon accepts Visa, MasterCard, America Express, JCB, Discover, Diners Club and PayPal. Pledges are converted into USD and the agreed amount will be debited from your card or PayPal account each month.


There's more to see and read here www.anthropomorphica.com so grab yourself a cup of tea and take a peek...

Thank you


Recent posts by Melanie Ashton

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You are actively participating in supporting me so that I can grow as an artist, keep creating and live the life I dream of.  I give you my heartfelt thanks for your generosity and commitment to me and I hope you will be delighted with what your support enables me to create.

Pledge $5 or more per month
You are actively participating in supporting me so that I can grow as an artist, keep creating and live the life I dream of. I give you my heartfelt thanks for your generosity and commitment to me and I hope you will be delighted with what your support enables me to create.

You will also receive:
- Access to patron only posts
- Exclusive wip previews 
- The opportunity to purchase new work before it's publicly available.
Pledge $10 or more per month
You are actively participating in supporting me so that I can grow as an artist, keep creating and live the life I dream of. I give you my heartfelt thanks for your generosity and commitment to me and I hope you will be delighted with what your support enables me to create.

You will receive all of the rewards listed above plus:
- Access to special video posts
- Downloadable high resolution images to print via email monthly ( sketch or sculptural image)
Pledge $25 or more per month
You are actively participating in supporting me so that I can grow as an artist, keep creating and live the life I dream of. I give you my heartfelt thanks for your generosity and commitment to me and I hope you will be delighted with what your support enables me to create.

You will receive all of the rewards listed above plus:
- access to online tutorials
- A copy of my book “The Shady Tale of Persephone de Grimoire”
- a A5 giclee print sent out quarterly
Pledge $50 or more per month
only 10 left
You are actively participating in supporting me so that I can grow as an artist, keep creating and live the life I dream of. I give you my heartfelt thanks for your generosity and commitment to me and I hope you will be delighted with what your support enables me to create.

You will receive all of the rewards listed above
plus
- a package sent out twice a year to include any of a variety of items  handmade, found objects, sketches etc…
- credited as a patron