Welcome To My Website.
I am an award winning creative (artist, illustrator, designer), a registered art psychotherapist and qualified educator. My work has been published and exhibited internationally and was celebrated by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace to mark those who have made a significant contribution to national life. I have been awarded many awards such as 'the NHS innovation award', been commended by the Duke of Gloucester and Baroness Morris of Yardley, awarded a Community Fellowship, a Research Beacon and have been named in the Marquis Who’s who in the world “recognising the global impact of my work”. In 2015 I won the Enterprise Award for social and cultural impact.
This website is split into four areas of work:
I am also available for external examining, consultancy, PhD supervision, keynote/conference presentations.
Melanie Hani Designs is a commercial platform specifically to sell limited edition items created by me. My patterns and illustrations are fresh and vibrant but influenced by the social construct of lives and underpinned by psychodynamic theory. I believe that people should wear and live art therefore each one is valued as a piece of art work that could be hung in a gallery. Each design can also be personalised making a unique item for that unique person.
Additionally I can be commissioned for bespoke, unique, one off custom designs and I am available for design opportunities for print, merchandising or digital outputs.
I run group and individual creative workshops for health, wellbeing and education. As an award winning educator and therapist (Person Centred and Psychodynamic), I am available to work with a variety of groups/individuals and have researched into the use of creative techniques as therapy. I employ strategies developed from over 20 years of work in this area, to tackle a variety of physical, social, emotional, educational and cognitive issues. This has resulted in the creation and publication of the first animation therapeutic model; The Good Hearts Model (GHM).
Art therapy is a statutorily regulated profession and in the United Kingdom only those persons who are appropriately qualified and registered by the Health and Care Professions Council (‘HCPC’) may legally describe themselves as art therapists or art psychotherapists. I have received extensive training in working with people who have problems and are in distress. I am insured, have a DBS and I am a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
I have presented and exhibited work internationally as a panel member, individually and as a keynote speaker.
I achieved my own Phd in 2019 and I understand the enjoyment and pressures that can arise therefore I have a person centred approach ensuring emotional support throughout the process as well as academic support.
I enjoy working with colleagues and students who are interested in creative strategies to learn and empower people in marginalised groups or vulnerable situations. I provide a wellbeing environment for all her students to succeed allowing them to make a valuable contribution to the industry they are part of.
Consultancy and External Examining
With over thirty years of experience within the academic art and design arena, I am happy to offer support across academia, business and organisations. I have been a peer mentor for ArtsWorks and have been an academic external examiner for over ten years. I enjoy seeing others succeed.
If you require further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.