Melissa is an illustrator and textile artist living in Bristol, UK. Her work features vibrant colour, playful pattern-making and a variety of textural surfaces. Much of Melissa's work celebrates being in harmony with nature, and also explores culture and identity.
She has created artwork for organisations, including textile work for The Cube Cinema in Bristol, logo illustrations for Rising Arts Agency, and a body of work as part of a residency at the Creative Youth Network. Melissa is also a freelance workshop Facilitator at various organisations around Bristol, including the Royal West of England Academy. In this line of work she has become passionate about sharing her knowledge with others, enjoying connecting with the community through creativity.
Melissa is open for embroidery and illustration commissions, so whether you want something for your business, a personal commission or a gift, get in touch!
TO SEE WHAT MELISSA HAS BEEN UP TO LATELY, CHECK OUT HER INSTAGRAM @melissa.e.cooney
Awards and Exhibitions
2019 – “Home” - part of the ‘Here, now’ Creative Futures Exhibition, The Creative Youth Network, Bristol
2018 – Herstory Exhibiton at Oxford University, St Catherine’s College, Oxford
2017 – UWE Illustration Degree Show, University of the West of England, Bristol
2017 – UWE Illustration D&AD Show, London
2017 – Bologna Five Finger Group Exhibition, Bologna, Italy
2014 – UAL Foundation in Art & Design Show, Falmouth, Cornwall
2014 – UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Progression & Studentship Award
“I cannot recommend this wonderful artist enough; Melissa has perfectly encapsulated my pet axolotls in embroidery form and was very communicative in making sure she produced exactly what I wanted the piece to look like. I am incredibly happy with the service I received as it was beautifully presented and safely delivered right on time. I will absolutely purchase works from Melissa again."
LOU TONKS (EMBROIDERY COMMISSION)