Artist Mel Ahlborn

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Mel Ahlborn (b. 1958) is an American artist whose artistic expression draws upon cultural symbolism with historically complex commonalities. Her commercial works for education and business illustrate, brand, present, and instruct using print, multimedia and interactivity. Her fine art works for exhibition and collection represent contemporary human experience, and use cross-cultural visual language to explore identity, tradition, and story. Early Life and EducationAhlborn grew up in northern New Jersey, attending St Philomena’s School in Livingston and Mount St Dominic Academy in Caldwell. She graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Chemistry and Classics, where Professor Emeritus John W. Zarker profoundly influenced her interest in the application of chemistry to the science of archeology. Ahlborn then studied in the Department of Archeological Sciences at the University of Bradford at West Yorkshire, UK. At Bradford, she was introduced to neutron activation analysis and x-ray diffraction, and researched the chemical composition of pre-400 AD Roman-era pigments on minster wall murals at York [Eboracum]. Through the Society for Calligraphy and Friends of Calligraphy, Ahlborn studied lettering arts with Ed Fong, Lothar Hoffmann, Louis Lemoine, and Peter Thornton. In correspondence with Donald Jackson, she applied her studies at Tufts and Bradford to the historic techniques of manuscript illumination, iron ink, vellum, quills, gilding, and methods of book production that have fallen out of use since the invention of movable type. Years later, her children grown, Ahlborn attended Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. As a graduate student in Fine Art Painting, she studied under Mark Tennant and Zhaoming Wu. Ahlborn studied portrait sculpture in clay with Philippe Faraut. CareerAfter college graduation, Ahlborn was employed in the aerospace industry. She left her career to start a family with her husband, Paul, and they have two children. Ahlborn organized her freelance work into Illumination Studio in [...]

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