WORKSHOPS

Mellissa visited Toronto in February 2018 to launch the collective BIO.CHROME in collaboration with ArtSci Salon and HackLab.to to run an evening of talks and workshops with the collective she founded in 2017. Below are photos from her new workshop 'Design My Microbiome' where she spoke about her previous works with agar sculptures and invited participants to take casts of her body and add their own microbiome. They discussed topics on ownership, disposable work, ethics and how important bacteria are to our existence. 

HACKLAB.to TORONTO, FEBRUARY 2018

Mellissa runs a series of workshops mixing Art and Microbiology. DYOM (Design Your Own Microbiome) is run at schools, colleges and festivals. Mellissa runs various workshops linking to science, as well as Illustration workshops. To book a workshop please email: mell.fisher.90@gmail.com for further details.
Design Your Own Microbiome Workshop with Bio-Artist Mellissa Fisher. "The Design Your Own Microbiome workshop encouraged club member’s to learn about the invisible world on their skin. The workshop allowed club member’s to engage with the invisible world through sculptural and painting techniques, alongside collage. As a part of the workshop, Mellissa taught the club how to cast their face’s (or hands) with ModRoc using basic casting methods and marbling inks to create ‘bacterial skin’ similar to existing microbiome. Club member’s were trained through health and safety alongside particular techniques needed to use the materials involved. Club members worked in pairs to each create a microbial portrait imitating the aesthetics of bacteria through sculpture. This workshop was formed to communicate the artist, Mellissa Fisher’s, work on the project Microbial Me in which Mellissa and her collaborator, Professor Mark Clements, create bacterial sculptures with agar and living bacteria from the surface of her skin (in addition, scientist Michael Moseley’s body was Mellissa’s and Mark’s subject for a BBC4 documentary aired on the 17th May 2017). Club Member’s enjoyed learning about Mellissa’s work in the creative industry, watched video footage and time-lapse video art created by Mellissa, had the opportunity to ask questions regarding her career and witnessed how everything works behind the scenes to create such aesthetically pleasing, and conceptually articulate, work." - Written by Mindi Virdee from The National Saturday Art Club.

Select workshops:

Green Man Festival - Workshop Leader August, 2018

Proteus Theatre, Basingstoke - Workshop Leader, June 2018

HackLab, Toronto - Event Organiser & Workshop Leader,nFebruary 2018

Ramsgate Festival, Ramsgate - Workshop Leader, July 2017

Ramsgate Seadog Festival, Ramsgate - Workshop Leader, July 2017

National Saturday Art Club, London - Workshop Leader, May 2017

Green Man Festival - Workshop Leader, August 2016

Orleans House, Twickenham - Workshop Leader, February 2016

Central Saint Martins, London - Workshop Leader, March 2016

The Royal Society, London - Illustration Tutor for The Big Draw, November 2015

Penrice Academy, Cornwall - Workshop Leader, September 2015 

The Royal Microscopic Society, London - Workshop Assistant, March 2015