Alternative Fashion Week Continues Along with Other Art!

Alternative Fashion Week

Men of Cloth Documentary

Thursday April 23rd

5:30 p.m.

men of cloth

Alternative Fashion Mob is joining in the fun of Columbus Documentary Week for a fashion-focused film. View “Men of the Cloth, ”an inspiring look at traditional Italian tailors and the art of their professional craft.
5:30 – Happy Hour
6:45 – Skype discussion with the director
7:00 – Movie (Men of the Cloth –

Angela Meleca Gallery

Degrees of Freedom- Nick George

Opening Reception

Thursday April 23rd

5:30-8:30 p.m.

Nick george reception

Angela Meleca Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of photographic works by gallery artist Nick George.
George’s practice centers on photography, both as medium and subject. His upcoming exhibition, Degrees of Freedom, includes two new bodies of work. The first series titled The Weather, features large photographs surrounding the unsolved 1970 bombing of Rodin’s The Thinker at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The second body of work, You need 12 squares., utilizes geometric abstraction through the lens of a perceptual awareness game to question an artist’s capacity to act independently in making their own creative choices. These works consist of unique, large format, silver gelatin paper negatives.
George has a bachelors in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and received his MFA at The Ohio State University in 2014. He lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.

Occupation: A Thesis Exhibition by Gavin Bruce


Friday April 24th

5-7 p.m.


You are invited to come view a thesis exhibition by Gavin Bruce located in the Acock Gallery of the Canzani building on the CCAD Campus.

Ace of Cups

Face Melting for Fashion

Alternative Fashion Week

Friday April 24th

10 p.m.-2 a.m.

face melting

The Alternative Fashion Mob teamed killer local bands with awesome fashion photographers and badass designer/stylists, and they got together to do a photo shoot and ended up with some seriously great photos of these bands!
The resulting photos will be revealed on the night of this kickass rock concert at Ace of Cups.
So come on out and see this awesome band lineup, along with the fruits of their shoots!
10:00 Estee Louder
Photo styled by Tabitha Abney of Designs By Tabi; Shot by Little White Rabbit Photography – Debra Tope
10:50 The Salty Caramels
Photo styled by Ashley Wills of Ashley Wills Designs; Shot by Meghan Ralston
11:40 The Skashank Redemption
Artistic Direction by Kathryn Daker. Photo shot by Elliot James Studios, on location at Seven Studios.
12:30 She Bears
Photo styled by Tabitha Abney of Designs by Tabi; Shot by Meghan Ralston
Your low, low cost of entry ($5) goes to help  put on Alternative Fashion Week, which provides a platform for emerging and independent local fashion designers. Support ALL of your local artists!

Alternative Fashion Week Finale

Columbus Idea Foundry

Saturday April 25th

7:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

AFM finale

DON’T MISS COLUMBUS’ HOTTEST FASHION EVENT. Close out Alternative Fashion Week with a runway-side view of 12 breathtaking collections from some of Columbus’ most fabulous designers.
Celebrate after the show with our designers and models. Enjoy some adult drinks, dancing to music from DJ Papageorgio, and pics in our photo booth.
VIP TICKETS ALSO INCLUDE SEATING + PRE-PARTY. Along with your reserved seat, you’ll enjoy early access to the event for a VIP pre-party with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and DJ.
Along with your runway-side, front-row seat, you’ll enjoy early access to the event for a VIP pre-party with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and DJ. Front-row seats are extremely limited. Don’t miss out!

The Art and Artists of 614

Wild Goose Creative

Sunday April 26th

2-6 p.m.

614 mixer

Please join us at Wild Goose Creative on April 26th from 2 pm to 6 pm, for our next social mixer. This mixer will be a potluck, so bring your favorite dish or beverage. We will also have Artist Trading Cards for everyone to make. We are hoping that everyone will make and donate a card to add to the AAAO, ATC collection. Once enough cards are collected, they will be used for a future AAAO exhibition. Thank you! We hope to see all of you there!

Mother’s Day Open House

2996 Trentwood Road (43221)

Sunday April 26th

2-5 p.m.

martina open houseCome and shop for all of the special ladies in your life. Mother’s Day isn’t just about celebrating the ladies that gave birth to you, but also the ladies that inspire you to live!  Stop by Martina Morton’s Pottery Heaven to find the perfect gift for those ladies or any special person in your life.

Love Honey? Run to Honeyrun Farm!

I had also hoped to get this post published BEFORE the Honeyfest but I had unexpected company and so much going last weekend that it just didn’t happen.  My apologies to Jayne and Isaac but the good news is that you don’t have to wait till next year’s Honeyfest to get their scrumptious honey, bee pollen and all of the other wonderful things they make with honey!

So read on and find out how you can connect to these artisan bee keepers…



The Barnes Family

The Barnes Family

Do you love honey?  Well, you better read about Jayne and Isaac Barnes and Honeyrun Farm.  Jayne and I initially met through Etsy Team Columbus and then ran into each other several times especially at the Worthington Farmers’ Market.  I learned about the advantages of bee pollen and became a convert…I don’t think I have had one cold since I started consuming this every day!!!  In addition to the pollen, they have so many different types of honey that are to die for!  My fav is their Tulip Poplar but all of them are sooooo luscious! I, of course,  wanted to learn even more and interview these young entrepreneurs so here we go…

bee pollen

Super Antioxidant Bee Pollen

Jayne and Isaac have been keeping bees for 11 years, started selling their honey, soap, and candles in 2007 and opened the Honeyrun Farm Etsy store in 2009.  This young couple has a quite an impressive educational background: Jane with a BS in Sociology and Master’s in Rural Sociology and Isaac has  BS in Geology and Master’s in Education.  All of this education definitely comes to play in their daily lives running a business, raising a family and keeping bees.   Their product line includes their artisan honey ,handcrafted body products (soaps, salves, lip balm) and all-natural candles.single bee

bee soap sampler

Honey Soap Sampler

What makes their products so special is what Jayne says:
We manage our hives without the use of pesticides.  Conventionally produced honey often involves a slew of chemicals used to attempt to maintain the health of a hive.  We choose a more natural way, and in turn, believe our products taste better than the honey you would find in a major grocery chain.    

Isaac in Beekeeper's regalia!

Isaac in Beekeeper’s regalia!

The decision to pursue beekeeping came after Jayne gifted Isaac with a beehive for Christmas in 2003.  Isaac had an insatiable appetite for honey, loved science and hobbies, and she thought beekeeping might be a good fit.  I wanted to give him a really creative, useful Christmas present, so I thought a beehive might be a hit.  I was right!  He really took to it and continually added more hives until our little hobby turned into a business.
bee honey

Honey Sampler

They were engaged to be married when Jayne was attending graduate school in Montana in 2004-2005.  Isaac was looking for something he could do in Montana for her final year of graduate work, and so he put an ad in the national beekeeping magazine, Bee Culture, saying he was interested in finding a job near Missoula, Montana.  Although, she didn’t think anything would come of it, it was in the cards!!  There WAS a commercial beekeeper out there looking for some seasonal help.  So he worked the bees while until Jayne graduated.
In 2006, they moved back to Ohio to live near Isaac’s family and start Honeyrun Farm. Jayne worked as a case manager at a community mental health center (2006-2008) while Isaac taught high school science for 4 years, and  worked on his family’s grain farm until they decided their business was going to “make it” and she had their first child.  He quit the other jobs in 2011 and they’ve both been entrepreneurs at  Honeyrun Farm ever since.
They now have 4 children, 320 hives and sell their products online ( at Whole Foods, Wholly Crafts, the Greener Grocer, Better Earth and Celebrate Local as well as at the Worthington Farmer’s Market, North Market on Saturdays, Worthington Winter Market and their farm stand on Randle Road in Williamsport.
bee cand;es

Beeswax Candles

 Continual inspiration comes from their customers who know and appreciate the flavor of pure raw honey.  As far as making handcrafted soap, Jayne is always excited to try new soap scents, blending her favorites together to create new combinations. Just recently, she started incorporating clays as a new exfoliant/deep cleanser and loves the results.  Keeping her soap scents and exfoliants as natural as possible is critical to the quality of all that she creates and keeps customers coming back.
She also has begun to make balms and salves using their beeswax. She states that it is a very simple craft and can be done at home, infusing herbs from the garden to add scent and homeopathic properties to the finished product. She’s even recently taught a class at Whole Foods about making lip balms using beeswax.bees
As far as soap making, she believes it is important to always try new recipes, talk to other soap makers, read new books and peruse websites of other soap makers.  No matter how long you have been making soap, using a tried and true recipe, there are always new methods to try and new materials to work with… soap makers can always learn something new and be challenged by another soap making method.  That’s part of what makes her soap so special!
When asked what direction they would like to see their business go, she states:
We would love to offer more products using beeswax.  Using beeswax in our handcrafted soaps, salves, and lip balms is just the tip of the iceberg as far as what can be made with beeswax.  There are boot and leather conditioners, lotions, hair pomades, as well as many other types of candles and craft vessels that can be made with beeswax.
In addition to creating honey and beeswax products,  she coauthored a book titled, Honey Crafting, which was released in 2013. She was honored to be approached by a publishing company and asked if she would co-author a book after they had read Honeyrun’s blog.  She and fellow beekeeper, Leann Coleman, collaborated to create a book with varied projects such as candles (Jayne’s expertise), salves, soaps, lip balms, and recipes using honey.  Needless to say, she was psyched to be asked and honored to contribute!

bee honey sticks

Honey Sticks

Every September, they participate in the Lithopolis Honeyfest (this year September 5 and 6).  This event is a non-profit with a mission to raise awareness about the importance of the honey bee on the pollination of crops, to increase the consumption of honey and to educate the public about the science and industry/art of beekeeping in addition to the great arts and crafts activities associated with honey and beeswax.
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Crafty by Nature is Certainly Just That!


Karen at her potter’s wheel

I hate to admit it but my cracked and dry heels are what led me to interview Karen Buoncristiano of Crafty by Nature.  Karen and I first met through our Etsy shops but reconnected this spring at the Green on the Green event in the Old Worthington Square.  At that time, I just stopped by to say hi and casually checked out her lotions and pottery.  Little did I know that my heels would thank me forever!!!  I was skeptical but Karen told me that her Skin Repair would work wonders for my problem so I bought a jar thinking “Yeah, right!  Just like all of the other products that promised relief!”  But, guess what?  She was right on!  And on top of it, her products are environmentally safe, use all natural ingredients and smell delightful.  Hence, an interview to learn more about her, her products, process and philosophy seemed in order.  Karen was kind enough to let me visit her in her creative space (her home) and we sat and chatted for two hours while she created a lovely vase on her wheel her home studio.

Scioto Gardens 7th Annual Gardening and Arts Festival

scioto gardens

Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Festival at Scioto Gardens just south of Delaware on July 20th!  Enjoy seven free gardening workshops, local musicians and food and shop booths of several local artisans at this event.  Hours are 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.  Workshops include: Urban Gardens’ Impact on Water Quality, Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants, Who Built the Nest in My Garden, Native Plants and Edible Landscaping, Women’s Herbal Balance and more!  

I have been to this nursery before and it is lovely…and the owners are very nice so if you are looking an adventure in art and gardening on the 20th, this is the place to be!


Have Your Dessert and Eat it Too!

Do you have a sweet tooth but don’t want to consume a trillion calories eating a decadent sundae, cake or cookie?  I certainly have a sweet tooth….especially for anything made with chocolate…the darker, the better!  BUT I also know that I want to be around for lots more years so I don’t indulge myself as often as the urge hits me.  However, I have just recently found a way “to have my cake and eat it too”!  I bet you’re wondering how is that possible?
Aisha tea 1
The answer is Sweet Simpliciteas, the brainchild of creator and tea artisan, Aisha Echols.  I recently became aware of Aisha’s product and being a tea lover was enthralled by how she could blend teas to produce something that could be a healthy alternative to desserts full of sugar, calories and fat.  So, I asked her if she would meet with me to explain the how’s and why’s of her products.
Aisha explained that while working in marketing for a credit union, a co-worker introduced her to tea and the experience was life-changing both for her and her family.  The first tea that she blended three years ago was Berry Sleepy,  made  for her daughter when she was teething and  features chamomile and berries.  Since then, she has been on a quest to find and create delicious and unique tea blends. She classifies herself as a tea artisan because  she takes basic tea leaves and transforms them  into  delicious gourmet dessert teas, using premium tea and all-natural ingredients.  Her teas are inspired by decadent desserts although she also finds inspiration everywhere, from the strength and persistence of a tiny ant, to the majestic greatness of a mountain. She states that her driving force is her family due to their unconditional love that leads her to a strong desire to do something extraordinary to make them proud.