Melinda Byrd's Profile

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Hi, I am Melinda Byrd. I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts where I was fortunate enough to be exposed to a variety of teachers who stimulated my interest in playing with art. I learned a lot about art, nature, and rya rug-making from my very creative and artistic Swedish grandfather.

I studied biology in college which led me to a career in the park system (Colorado State Parks and Nature Centers in Maryland) Even though I worked in environmental interpretation and nature study, I always kept my sketchbook close by. Sketching “essence of life and movement” fills dozens of my sketchbooks.

When I "peter principled" in my profession, I decided to quit to pursue my other passion: ART. For nearly ten years, I became skilled and creative in many forms of art you see here in my etsy shop…

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  • Joined February 18, 2008

Favorite materials

Wool, Wood, paper, metal, canvas, glass

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Byrdcall
Byrdcall Studio--Revival of the Off-Loom...

About

Hi, I am Melinda Byrd. I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts where I was fortunate enough to be exposed to a variety of teachers who stimulated my interest in playing with art. I learned a lot about art, nature, and rya rug-making from my very creative and artistic Swedish grandfather.

I studied biology in college which led me to a career in the park system (Colorado State Parks and Nature Centers in Maryland) Even though I worked in environmental interpretation and nature study, I always kept my sketchbook close by. Sketching “essence of life and movement” fills dozens of my sketchbooks.

When I "peter principled" in my profession, I decided to quit to pursue my other passion: ART. For nearly ten years, I became skilled and creative in many forms of art you see here in my etsy shop.

When the local newspaper featured me in a “Handcrafted Tradition” story and Youtube video sharing the story of my Scandinavian rya rug making heritage and skills in 2012, I didn't anticipate that people all around the world were seeking to reconnect with this dying art form. To date, the video has had approximately 270,000 views.

To meet the demand of questions through emails I receive daily, I am currently writing a book on the art of designing and making an off-loom rya rug. In 2013, my work took on a new dimension when I “bought back” my grandparents’ rya rug supplies and designs which had been sold after their deaths in the 1980s. I also have found supplies in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. With the help of etsy, I am assisting people as they begin to make their own ryas. Soon I will have more kits available. When my book is published, you can design and make your own rya with ease!

I invite you to look at my website to see all the things I do: www.ByrdcallStudio.com. I post my latest works and art adventures on my Facebook page called Byrdcall Studio. Go ahead and "Like" it if you want occasional studio updates.

The best way to keep up-to-date on rya or the other work I do is to subscribe to my monthly newsletter. Sign up in the right margin of my web site, or send me your email address asking me to sign you up. It is worthwhile, everyone tells me!

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