Melodie Usher became a weaver when she inherited her Grandmother-In-Law’s loom, a four shaft Bexell Cranbrook loom that was built in the late 1930’s. After graduating from high school having taken every art class offered Melodie enrolled at Indiana University with the goal of majoring in art with a concentration in silversmithing. After several changes in majors and universities, her last major was Interior Design at Purdue University. Weaving has allowed Melodie to use her love of color and design as well as her love of textiles. In September of 2010 Melodie received her Certificate of Excellence in Weaving, Level I from the Handweaver’s Guild of America. Melodie now lives in northern New Mexico where she teaches weaving and creates woven art in her studio overlooking Abiquiu Lake.