101% Funded


Target: €2750


€2,800 Raised


60 Funders

Beyond the Dolls House Exhibition

By Mella Travers


The photographics that make up the exhibition 'Beyond the Dolls House' have been selected from work, both commercial and creative, over twelve years. The series includes photographs published in national publications and select works from previous projects.

In all my work, my methodology involves a hands-on approach. I often will make the set and operate as art director. Shot in the studio, elements such as lighting, props and furnishings are carefully chosen. The studio is, for me, a stage set where an interaction between photographer and sitter can occur.

This interaction is a central element of my practice. My approach is to engage directly with the personality and presence of the sitter. Rather than objectifying the subject, I focus on their strength of character, humor and personal charisma. For me, a communication must exist when making the portrait but the image itself must convey this experience to the viewing audience. This unpredictable element is a key to the success of the work. I feel a responsibility for the subject, to ensure that the trust established in the studio carries through to the exhibition or publication of the image.

This retrospective includes self-initiated project ‘A Precious Item’. Here I met with female refugees from Africa. Working with a large format film camera, the images were shot in a makeshift studio set up in the corner of a canteen at the center where they lived. These subjects had fled their homeland to escape war and social instability, many escaping with just their life. I asked them to bring an object, clothing or item of personal significance that reminds them of the home they had fled. The project had a personal relevance for me as it related to my own experience of fleeing domestic violence. In this sense, I wanted to create an empowering and safe space for them to engage with their personal history.

Another project ‘All That Glister is not Gold’ is a series of images considering the impact of mental health issues. The works invoke common expressions as a way to explore the experience of those who live with such challenges. Diagnosed with OCD in 2004 I have engaged directly with the personal disruption and the lack of societal understanding of mental health issues. By employing common sayings the work reaches out to a wider audience.

The exhibition contains images selected from many phases of my own journey as an image-maker. The common theme that runs through the works is an exploration of character and dynamics of female experience. My work communicates hope to the viewer, that through the challenges of life the indomitable spirit of the individual can resonate.

The money I am asking for in this Fund it campaign will go towards all the printing and framing, and a catalogue for the exhibition.

I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read this and fund it. 


Opening on the 8th of March - International Women’s Day at St Patrick’s Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 



Deleted emails

Hi I have deleted 2 years emails off my computer a few months ago so do not have anyones emails, Could those you have funded me please contact me on info@mellatravers.com contact me be great. Sorry it has taken me a bit of time to get back, it has been interesting times pulling The Darkroom together. Please get back to me and I have a print also for one person Thank you again Mella

the launch

Hi everyone and thank you so much again for your support with out it this would not be happening all 26 images are now printed at inspriational arts and been framed will be hanging over half tomorrow and the rest on Monday. Invitations and post cards designed and cards off to printers tomorrow Exhibition is opening on the 8 of March launch will be from 4-8pm and the exhibition closes on the 1st of April I will sending the invites out tonight Again thank you so much for backing and believing in this exhibition by backing it Also on Thursday I will be email everyone to make arrangements to give you your rewards Hope to see you all there

Thank you everyone

Thank you all for funding me I am now at 101% it is just amazing so very happy to have crossed the line would not be possible with out all your support and sharing it has been shared and shared again. It is just really wonderful. now the next stage

Half way there

Thank you everyone for all your support half way there

Half way there

Thank you everyone for all your support half way there

Beyond the Dolls house

thank you for all funding me I have till 2 on tuesday to get the full amount sorry to ask, but if you could share it around be great. Web site is up and will be up dating it as go along. Still loads to do but getting there again thank you everyone for all your support. would not be able to do this with out the help I have had from everyone

funders (60)

There are 52 public funders of this project

There are 8 anonymous funders of this project