“Beckoning the Spring”
225 Broad Street

Meet the Artist

Melissa Rutledge for her "Beckoning of Spring" in front of the former Darling Pets building during its renovation. Melissa is a graphic designer for a promotional products company by day and street art aficionado by night.  Sponsored by The City of Rome and the Rome Area Council for the Arts (RACA).

Melissa Rutledge for her “Beckoning of Spring” in front of the former Darling Pets building during its renovation. Melissa is a graphic designer for a promotional products company by day and street art aficionado by night. Sponsored by The City of Rome and the Rome Area Council for the Arts (RACA). Photo courtesy of Eliot Rutledge.

Melissa Rutledge is a full-time graphic designer by day and a crafter by night creating colorful and unique jewelry, brightly patterned skirts, delicate embroidery, and whimsical crocheted pieces. She and her husband Micah have a successful Etsy shop, Mel and Micah, and attend several of the big art shows in Atlanta to sell their craft wares.

“I feel like I’ve been painting, creating, making, doodling ever since I could hold a pencil!” says Melissa about her creative hobbies. “My parents have always been very encouraging, so I’ve taken liberty with creating a creative life for myself, starting at a very young age, career-wise and with my hobbies.”

Melissa’s piece is inspired not only by her own creative endeavors, but also by the coming of spring and our history.

My installation idea nods to several aspects of downtown Rome. The Cotton Block’s history to today’s current bold textile trends, like those carried by The Stitchery (another maker-artisan business we love to support). The bright, striking colors represent Rome’s modernism and its growing tech and design industries. The retro-inspired pattern is a throwback to its ever-present history. The negative space of the design makes the impression of one of Rome’s three peaceful rivers, along with the clusters of locals and businesses excited to be around them.

Broad Street's newest #Unexpected Canvas by Melissa Rutledge. Photo courtesy of Eliot Rutledge.

Broad Street’s newest #Unexpected Canvas by Melissa Rutledge. Photo courtesy of Eliot Rutledge.

Melissa is a 2004 graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Graphic Design, Minor in Illustration. She is currently working as the Senior Graphic Designer at an Atlanta-based firm. You can find her art online on her Instagram and her Etsy shop.

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We are excited to have artists like Melissa submitting to this project. If you are interested in submitting your own work, we are always taking submissions and all you need to do is submit your concept sketch and fill out this form here. We are always looking for new and interesting ways to bring art installations to Rome Georgia, if you have other concepts or ideas that interest you, don’t hesitate to submit them!

 

#UnexpectedCanvas a Makervillage initiative to transform temporary materials into beautiful and inspiring art.  The initiative is supported by the City of Rome Planning Department, Downtown Development Authority, and sponsored by Rome Area Council for the Arts (RACA).
All photos courtesy of Eliot Rutledge.