Little did she know, Melanie Ritter Mitchell, was always a fiber artist. From an early age, she dabbled with crochet, embroidery, knitting, and quilting, but it took an elective at the University of the Arts in 1993 to open her eyes to her calling. Melanie holds a BFA from Kutztown University where she finished her degree under Barbara Schulman from 2004 to 2007. She attended the University of the Arts from 1993 to 1995 studying under Warren Seelig and the University of Texas from 1995 to 1996, where she studied textile design under Alvin A. Nickel. During her studies at Kutztown University, Melanie re-discovered weaving, and in particular woven lace. During those years she has transitioned from functional art to abstract wall pieces. While a student at Kutztown, Melanie had the opportunity to take a tapestry workshop with James Kohler which greatly influenced her weavings, by introducing tapestry techniques into her lace wall hangings. She has exhibited nationally and statewide, while also providing: local school districts an extension to their AP art courses, teacher in-services, and visiting artist programs. Melanie is the artistic director and co-owner of some things looming, a fiber arts gallery, boutique, and has her studio on the third floor of our building.