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I am an award winning artist, illustrator, designer, art psychotherapist and educator and 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 won the NHS innovation award, been commended by the Duke of Gloucester and Baroness Morris of Yardley, been 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.
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. Every item will be provided with a certificate of authenticity and when 100 items are sold, the product becomes no longer available.
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, I am available to work with a variety of groups 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).
Available for Presentations, Exhibitions and Keynote Speeches
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 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.
I welcome anyone to get in touch even if it is to say ‘Hi' and to pop round for a cup of tea and a chat!
For further information please see the about page