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Striving for a Goal

Original Photo of “the Woolie”

For over a decade (maybe two!) I have looked forward to getting the catalog for the Maryland Sheep amp; Wool Festival.  The cover always has such beautiful and interesting sheep–or wool–related art.  First time I saw the catalog, I said, “I am going to have my art on the cover some day.”  Every year I say that.  Last year, just as I was about to create a blockprint carving to submit, I pulled a muscle in my back and couldn’t do much in the month before the deadline.  This year, I have been crazy busy writing an instructional booklet (on rya rug making) and almost said to myself, “Guess this isn’t the year to submit a new art piece for the Sheep amp; Wool Fest.”  Then I stopped and realized that every year I wanted to do something, but always made an excuse as to why I couldn’t.  That is a bad habit.

So a couple of weeks ago, I set aside about 30 minutes a day to design and carve the Woolie.  I’m not going to show you the finished piece here, just a step in the process.  But I will tell you that the design is nearly done and win or not, I am proud to have not procrastinated or forgotten to submit a piece.  If it wins the poster competition, it will be printed on thousands of T-shirts, maybe coffee mugs, tote bags, and of course the catalog.  If it is not selected, well, heck, the design will be mine to print as I like–maybe on a T-shirt for you.  It’s win-win either way.  Check out the Sheep amp; Wool Festival here:  http://www.sheepandwool.org/index.php And now, back to writing the book…..

Cheers, Melinda Byrd

Carving the Woolie

My drawingboard with linocut in progress (center in gray) and resources

Silk-screened Shirts

I use my linocuts and woodcuts to make awesome hand-printed shirts, but occasionally I will have a image silkscreen printed–which is the “normal” way most people have shirts printed.  My selection is limited to about 10 designs, but it is easier to have multiple shirts of selected colors to meet the demands of some of my retailers or on-line purchases where uniformity of product is a good thing.

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Calendar Girls!

Browsing Jerry DeWitt’s paintings in the Carroll Community College Atrium gallery a year ago, little did Virginia and I know that we would be in the Carroll County Times the next day.  And we suspected even less that our photo would be chosen among a dozen other photos to get a page on the Times’ calendar for the month of March.  Guess that makes us Calendar Girls!  Happy March.  (Times photo by Dylan Slagle.)