Counting on T-shirts

One month ago I offered to handprint any design on any of my 125+ blank shirts.  Many of you took advantage of the offer and placed orders.  I cut the order acceptance off on Thanksgiving, and started printing the very next morning and the next whole day.  For every design ordered, I printed another 5-8 shirts to plump up my printed shirt bins.  So today with achey back and hands I have updated my shirt listings in my etsy shop which I will share with you as links you can click on to see what is available in each size.  (11/28/17: I still have a few sizes to photograph and list…but this is a good start.

I’m not accepting any more custom print orders, but the odds are I might have just what you want ready-to-go in my shirt bins.  The best way to find out is to click on the size you want in either Ladies or Unisex (Men’s) Style.  The link will take you to my etsy shop.  Don’t worry, you won’t be dealing with a stranger…it’s me checking my etsy orders every day and popping your orders in the mail to you.

As many of you know, my work goals are shifting to helping bring back the rya craft, so the shirts are just a side dish for me.  There will come a day when I must let it go, but while I have so many shirts and so many shirt-lovers nipping at my heals, I will find a way to make them available to you.  Thanks for understanding.  I will not be printing any more shirts this year!

Check the following links to see what is available today:  

Click to see list #1 of Ladies Small shirts.

Click to see list #2 of Ladies Small shirts.

Click to see Ladies Medium shirts

Click to see the Ladies Large Shirts   

Click to see Ladies X-Large shirts.

Click to see Ladies 2XL shirts.


Click to see the Men’s SMALL shirts  

 When you click, you can click on the photo and see close-ups of all the shirts.


Click to see Men’s MEDIUM shirts  

(I have plenty!)

Click to see Men’s LARGE shirts  

Click to see Men’s X-LARGE shirts.  

(I have plenty…just trying to change up the photos a little bit.  This shirt is available in X-Large.

Now for the Silk-screened shirts by size.  Many of these prices are drastically lowered to clear out almost-sold-out designs.  Help me out, OK?

Men’s Small Silk-screened shirts  

Men’s MEDIUM Silk-screened Shirts

Men’s LARGE Silk-screened Shirts


I have many more shirts which I will keep photographing and listing here, so come back soon to see my hand-printed long-sleeved shirt and my silkscreened shirts.



Grand Finale for Byrdcall Shirts at Art in the Park

A typical "double-wide" booth at Art in the Park back in about 2011.

A typical “double-wide” booth at Art in the Park back in about 2011.

This colorful floorcloth sold at AIP on the rainiest day when I was ankle deep in mud!

This colorful floorcloth sold at AIP on the rainiest day when I was ankle deep in mud!

Drum roll, please!  The studio is preparing for the last day of presenting hand-printed shirts at the Carroll County Arts Council’s Art in the Park.  Please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 4 from 10 – 4 PM. I have lost count, but I believe I have been showing and selling my art there for 16 years without a break—rain or shine!

The first year I scraped together enough to barely fill a borrowed 10 x 10 tent….some hand-woven belts, some painted floorcloths… I can’t even remember.  I think I made $50 and that was about “booth fee.”  I was happy!

A few years later I had bought my own tent, folding tables, a van(!), and filled the booth with hand-painted glassware, a few hand-printed shirts, and floor-cloths. In the past few years, I have displayed my work in a “double-wide booth” with all shirts!

Frank Baylor shares Thoreau in Vietnam

Frank Baylor shares Thoreau in Vietnam

Jan and Dave Flora at Machu Picchu.  Jan is wearing "Bee!"

Jan and Dave Flora at Machu Picchu. Jan is wearing “Bee!”

The shirts are popular, they last better than most shirts, and they make people feel good.  They seem to be the shirt-to-wear when you want to share a bit of who you are. People wear them to amazing places. What more could we ask for?

bins reorganizedThis year, I have organized my work in a very different way–really better for you. Instead of 26 stacking baskets containing ONE DESIGN in various colors, styles, and sizes, the baskets are arranged according to size. So you just go to your “size basket.” There might not be all 26 designs, but so many you’ll still have a hard time deciding which to buy.

My friend and invaluable helper, Debi Robertson, and I are looking forward to seeing you there.  Come early if you have something specific in mind you are looking for.

I will recognize you (probably) but I’m horrible with recalling names, so have mercy and tell me your name as you say HI!  I’ll have my name tag on, so you have no stress there.  😉

Now you are wondering, “What if she doesn’t have the design I really want in my size?” My good friend, Jennie DeArmey (we worked together at Piney Run Park back in the mid-80’s)–and I inventoried ALL of my blank Comfort Color shirts. So if you want me to print one for you, we will look on the blank shirt inventory page, and if I have what you are looking for, I will print the design you want on it!

Shirts stackedWhy I am I leaving such a great show? Two main reasons:  1.  The rya rug-making supplies business requires more of my time, and nearly all of my studio space, and 2.  The shirt brand that you have come to know and love (Comfort Colors) has not been readily available since late last summer.  It was very challenging for me to meet all my fall and winter orders.  But I’m not sad about moving on…the rya world is on the move and I still have a book to complete…can’t forget that.


When the dust settles after the show, I’ll regroup and will probably maintain one basket for every size.

I’ll make them available to the public during the Carroll County Artists Studio Tour, Dec. 3-4 at Byrdcall Studio.

shirts in rackFor those of you who do not live within driving distance of Westminster, Maryland you can easily buy the shirts you want (while they last) at my Byrdcall Etsy shop… very easy to do.  In fact if you go to etsy now, you can see the actual shirts that I will have at Art in the Park.  (Don’t tell anyone but you could have first dibs today!)

I will be very sorry not to be part of this super show in 2017, but it has been the most wonderful annual art show for keeping me in touch with my extended community.  You have made me feel valued for the creative work I do, and you honor me by wearing my shirts. Fear not, I’ll keep you posted on where this all goes as it happens.

Love ya, Melinda

My Art Published in a Book!

Hot off the press

Hot off the press

Nothing brings out the dancing little girl in me like opening a package containing a book with my artwork published.  I just did that happy dance this afternoon when I tore open the box sent by Mark Sullivan, Director of the Art History Program at Villanova University.  He had contacted me several years ago explaining that he was writing this book, Picturing Thoreau — Henry David Thoreau in American Visual Culture about the many images we have of Henry David Thoreau and how people have viewed him over the years.  He asked if I would be willing to share my 2003 linocut print with him as an illustration for his book. Sure, why not?  (I’m a closet exhibitionist, remember?)

You see?  Here's proof!

You see? Here’s proof!

I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I’ve had a great time flipping through and looking at the pictures. (That is how I usually read a book.) But I will definitely take the time to really read about Thoreau who has had a terrific influence on my life.

I think most of you are familiar with my linocut. (How many of you wear the shirt with pride?) What? You don’t have a Thoreau shirt?  Well, we can fix that: To my etsy shop. (Sorry, Henry.)

How many of you recall the Byrdcall Blog I did back in 2012 when I shared how my Brookie in Color had been featured in a book.  Check it out if you missed that one. It really is a treat for me to “be published” without doing the publishing work.  For the past year and I have I have been focusing on little else than writing my Rya Rug-Making book, and I now know how much work it is to write a book.  Kudos to Mark Sullivan for bringing a huge endeavor to fruition.  And thanks for making my day!

If you are as crazy about Thoreau as I am (or as Mark Sullivan is) and you want to get a copy for your Thoreau Library, Click here for details.

Now back to my own book-writing……  Feel free to comment below.

Cheers, Melinda

My Thoreau Linocut in Maine Woods!

Brookie-In-Color-sepI was very happily surprised to be found by Maine Woods Discovery last week.  They have coordinated a spectacular event to rekindle our spirit to connect with the woods of Maine. In 16 days, 7 canoes, and 14 paddlers retraced the 325-mile route taken during the 1857 trip made by Henry David Thoreau and Penobscot Guide, Joe Polis. The event was designed for the dual purposes of celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of “The Maine Woods” and to draw attention to the outstanding opportunities for quality, nature-based recreation, vacation, and travel experiences available in the “uninterrupted” landscape that makes up the The Maine Woods. Thoreau Simplify-Discover

I was contacted by a behind-the-scenes logistics man, Matthew Kovacevich, who wanted to know if they could use my linocut image of Thoreau with a “slight change” for printing onto shirts for the participants when they reached final destination on June 1st.  Of course I said yes, to be a part of this great event.

They blogged daily during the 16-day trip, posted progress, photos, weather reports, and basically relayed the feel of the adventure to the thousands of us at home watch via internet.  They asked me to write a blog posting which I will share with you here.  You can see that Henry and I go way back.  Read my blog here.  (Yes, that is a blog within a blog, but worthwhile, I think.)  And if you like this kind of thing, follow Maine Woods Discovery on Facebook…read previous posting to get a look at posted photos-really good photos!

Check out their web site to get a taste for the event. Click here to learn more about 150 Thoreau.  The crew of CBS Sunday Morning was filming where possible along the trek…and they filmed at the take out point.

Added on 8/13/14:  here is the link to the video of the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trek:  Click here to see 5 min. video.

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