Mandy Burton is a mixed media Artist who specialises in using salvaged materials for assemblage, collage and décollage to produce a wide variety of commissions and personal work: graphic story books, wall art, installations, earth works, sculpture, furniture and puppets.
“Burton’s artwork has a quirky humour and would not look out of place in the Flintstone’s household. It appears to belong to both a Sci-Fi future and a pagan, totemic past. An alchemist of tat, she redefines notions of waste.” Jonathan Allen – Artist and Magician.
She is well established within her field, possessing a unique set of skills, she has devised and delivered a huge variety of successful projects with all ages and abilities. She has a passion for encouraging creativity whilst nurturing understanding and respect for the natural world.
In 2014 Mandy was commissioned by Low Impact Living Initiative to create her first children’s storybook ‘The Loveliest Loo‘, a charming funny story about a beautifully simple way to conserve our natural resources.
Design with a Difference
Whilst working at Glastonbury Festival in 1991 Mandy was introduced to the design process of Permaculture (permanent culture). This system of thinking connected Mandy’s interests in art, culture, health and sustainability. She studied Permaculture in 1992 with some its pioneers, particularly inspiring was Bill Mollison on “Patterning in Nature” and Arthur Hollins of Fordhall Farm fame, talking about worms and the soil.
This information fed directly into Mandy’s artistic practice in terms of design, function and the materials she chose.
She developed skills to engage young people with Forest Schools Training and an NVQ in Play work, whilst pursuing her interest in sustainability by studying Practical Environmental Conservation and Organic Horticulture.
Mandy has also studied Carpentry, willow weaving and the use of a pole lathe.
This mix of skills are used to create activities and events relating to a particular place, occasion or subject.
Mandy enjoys creating a sense of belonging and restoring connections between ourselves and our local environment.
Mandy contributes to Bucks Open Studios and Milton Keynes Festival Fringe. She is currently working on a series of collaged and painted images of flowers throughout the seasons...