Tucked away in one of Cornwalls hidden valleys you will discover Melinsey Mill. This local family business is run from a restored 16th century watermill.
Melinsey is a one off, a wonderfully Cornish mixture of eccentricity and charm. According to county records there has been a mill on the site since 1210 .
Melinsey features the work of Rick Hancock and Sonia Callaway. Rick specialises in wood and willow creating furniture, baskets, sculptures and many other woodland crafts. Sonia works in several art forms including paintings, textiles, painted boxes and unique Cornish fairies.
We also sell a selection of locally made crafts from knitted items, pottery, jewellery, walking sticks, woodwork, quilts and homespun ware.
Artist in residence - Sonia Callaway, born in Plymouth, Devon, emigrated to Perth Western Australia in 1969, started working life as an apprentice compositor in the printing industry, working in the industry until 1988. Studied art and design at the Tate, Midland, W.A. Moved to the UK in 1990 and settled in the Roseland.
Working on a variety of surfaces from canvas to old boxes, to cupboard doors, always experimenting with colour, texture and technique.
The work also encompasses linoprints and textiles, lately creating fairies, inspired by nature spirits from the wild woods. The paintings reflect an interest in the magic and mystery of the world, both seen and unseen. Colour plays a major part, reflecting mood and hopefully giving the viewer a happy positive experience.
ABNA The Association of British Naive Artists - website