Public Programs

Arts Workshop: Washi Tape Art with Melody Maleitzke

  • Saturday, March 30, 2024:
  • 1:00 - 3:00 PM
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  • Add to calendar 2024-03-30 13:00:00 2024-03-30 15:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Arts Workshop: Washi Tape Art with Melody Maleitzke 3rd Floor Classroom BAM

Adult and Teens ages 12+, Limited to 12 participants

Join us at BAM to learn all about washi tape art!

The joyful patterns and colors of washi tape nod to traditional, Japanese washi paper. Washi tape, introduced in 2006, has been popularized in the United States for its use in scrapbooking and journaling. Using washi tape as an art medium is new to the art world, but tape art has been around since the 1960s. Artist Melody Maleitzke will demonstrate her unique techniques creating art with washi tape. Students will use scissor-cut and hand-torn washi tape to create a cherry blossom branch artwork.

This program has been developed alongside the Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper exhibition, featuring 9 contemporary artists who have pushed washi beyond its traditional uses to create highly textured two-dimensional works, expressive sculptures, and dramatic installations.

All art supplies are included with registration.

3rd Floor Classroom

General Public: $70 (includes admission to the museum), BAM Members: $50

Artist Bio

Melody is a Bainbridge Island based artist who specializes in mixed media collage using washi tape as her main medium. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas. Her works have won awards and have been featured in newspapers and magazine publications.

Melody approaches her subject matter with the Zen-influenced “art of letting go.” By using washi tape, her ephemeral art changes with the lighting, the angle, and over time gives into the truth that nothing is permanent. It is through this knowledge of impermanence that she explores the interconnectedness of all life. She tends to hide messages in her works to draw viewers closer, to question its meaning, relationship to the image, and to discover connection.

You will oftentimes find Melody laying upside down under her subject matter, so she can see the world from a different view.

Follow Melody on Instagram: @melodylovesthis

Artist Website:

Program Support

 Bellevue Arts Museum is generously supported by its donors and members.

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