Melissa Glick

What an exciting Spring !
I’m just back from a trip to Cuba which was so inspiring, I’ve already made new 2 pieces. Including this one that includes images of the neighborhood covered in mosaic.

I received a grant from the Artisan’s Asylum to start a line of work to market specifically to funky art gallery shops. After Open Studios, I will start learning to use the Shop Bot (CNC Gantry Router) to drill shadow boxes out of a 2 ” solid piece of wood. If you know of any funky art gallery shops, similar to where I current sell work, Blue Cloud and Uni-T please let me know.


First weekend of May you can visit me at The Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler St Somerville. The largest Maker Space on the East coast with 40,000 Square feet of workshops, studios, classrooms and community space. Parking in the lot off Dane St. Learn about all the classes you could take.

Come to Space #10 and see all my new work! You also get to check out all the old technology that has been donated to me and my organizational system that goes up 10 feet, requiring a ladder to reach the top! You can also make a pin or necklace.mwc800px72dpi32

Additionally, there is the SOS First Look show at the Somerville Museum, One Westwood Ro. Every SOS artist has been invited to submit one work. Open April 27-29: Thurs 2-7pm, Fri 2-5 pm, Sat noon-5pm & SOS weekend May 4-7: Thurs 2-7 pm, Fri 2-9 pm, Sat and Sun 11am-6pm.

MAY 6 & 7

Preview Party Invite

The Atrium 100-200 Technology Square on Main Street at the railroad tracks, in Kendall Square. Refreshments will be served.

The Second weekend of May is Cambridge Open Studios where I will be displaying my work along with 9 other artists: Jose Estrela, Shin MaengMelissa Glick  Seeds of JoieDeborah Peeples,  Carlos Arzaga,  Alice Kovler, Rebecca Scott, Rhia Swyers & Julia Blake.

Check out this awesome bike tour map! Our Open Studios Launch Party and Artist Showcase will be Thursday, May 11th from 6-8pm at The Cambridge Art Association  25 Lowell Street, Cambridge. Open to the public.


Lots of people have expressed interest in taking my fun workshops…..but I haven’t managed to get them all in the same room! If you would like to join and give it a try, please email me:  and let me know what days/times work best for you and we will make it happen!



Hacker Pearly Hats

I am generally not interested in creating identifiable objects such as animals or characters in my work (although the suggestion is often offered). There are many artists who do amazing work in that style (Paul Gray). It’s just not what I do with ONE exception.

When I disassemble a hard drive or cd reader, I break it down to the tiniest of parts. I sort them by color: sliver, black, white, brown, copper. I group them by shape: springs, squares, circles, zigzag.  I must admit I was pretty giddy when I discovered a zoo of tiny animals including penguins, giraffes, camels and some little guys I call space men.


Hacker Pearly Hats

Seeing all the shiny silver shapes against a black background reminded me of one of my favorite photos of the White Stripes in amazing button covered suites. I remembered seeing suits like these a long time ago as a child and thought it had something to do with London. Once I googled it, that thrilling curiosity, itchy feeling of needing to know and solve the mystery was satisfied!  Cockney Pearlies!


“The “pearlies” have their origins a century ago in a street sweeper named Henry Croft, who adapted the button-festooned clot hes worn by London costermongers — apple-sellers….”  

That is how the hats were started. By calling them Hacker Pearlies, I hope other curious folk will learn about this beautiful creative tradition. I can now add Pearlies to the collection of my Assemblage Aesthetic influences.

When I asked my teenage neighbors to model the Hacker Pearlies, their reaction was very encouraging. “Awesome, I love this one! You should sell these…..I wish I had some money!”  So…. if I sell two hats, I will give one to her! I love making them!

Each piece is individually sewn and knotted using a nylon coated wire used for jewelry making. I can make one especially for you! You pick the hat color, the size, color or even type of parts you’d like. The durability of the hat has been thoroughly tested. (Thanks Michael!) If you have any questions about these Hacker Pearly Hats please contact me!

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