Fashion, Art, Crafts- This Weekend Has it All

The Alternative Fashion Mob is kicking off it’s 3rd Annual Fashion Week this weekend.  There are events planned throughout the coming week with the finale featuring local designers’ collections on Saturday April 25th at Columbus Idea Foundry.  You can get information about all of the events here:

Tickets are still available for most events…I plan on being at most of these and will be volunteering at Reconstruct and the finale.

AND, there are so many other creative folks showing and selling their work too.  Check out all of the coming events:

Columbus Idea Foundry Date Night

Thursday April 16th

6-9 p.m


Coming up Thursday: Spring Maker Date Night season kicks off with Eric Lanese in the woodshop–build this zen-inspired candle holder, and then forge your own bottle openers with blacksmith Adlai Stein.

Register here:


42 West Jenkins Avenue

Opening Reception

Friday April 17th

7-10 p.m.

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ROY G BIV Gallery partners with MINT to present NEW SCHOOL, an exhibition of the best cutting-edge work by current undergraduate students. Juried by Erin McKenna (Canzani Gallery), Mark Zuzik (Pizzuti Collection) and Ken Aschliman (ROY G BIV Gallery), the exhibition showcases 15 student artists from 9 schools around the region.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 17, from 7–10 pm
Exhibition runs April 17–May 17, 2015, at M I N T (42 W. Jenkins Ave., Columbus, OH)

Dublin Arts Council Garden Party Fundraiser
Friday, April 17
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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Support Dublin Arts Council by attending the annual Garden Party fundraiser Friday, April 17, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the lovely atrium of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Kilgour Building, 6565 Kilgour Place in Dublin. Enjoy a variety of culinary offerings from some of Central Ohio’s top restaurants, a silent auction, live music and more. NBC4’s Colleen Marshall will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Tickets: $100 per guest. For more information, visit or call Dublin Arts Council, 614/889-7444.

Craftin’ Outlaws

Spring Fling

Saturday April 18th

12-5 p.m.

craftin outlawsCelebrate a decade of craftiness with Craftin’ Outlaws Alternative Craft Festival Spring Fling as it embraces its DIY roots with a scaled-down show an intimate new space.
For more info visit
SHOP : Noon – 5pm at the High Line Car House, featuring just under 40 handmade crafters from all over the midwest.
ENJOY: Tasty treats will be offered from Sweet Carrot Casual Cuisine Ice Cream from CD102.5 fm.
Sweet pastries from pattycake bakery
Quench your thirst at the full service bar.
Shopping tunes provided by Wholly Craft.
The Columbus Diaper Coalition was born out of a need within the community. Craftin’ Outlaws has partnered with them over the years by holding diaper drives at our shows. Over the years we have helped raise over $1500 to assist babies and families in need.

Green Velvet

Vintage Vamp Trunk Show


Saturday April 18th

1-5 p.m.


Come out this Saturday, April 18, for Green Velvet’s  long-awaited trunk show featuring Teresa Morbitzer of Vintage Vamp jewelry! For many years, the shop has carried Teresa’s jewelry and it has been loved by all…the shop is excited to have her back from 1pm-5pm on Saturday afternoon! This is a great opportunity to pick up a lovely Mother’s Day gift! 

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This Town is Hopping for the Holidays!!!

As the holidays and a new year approach, there is plenty to do in our fair city!  First off, a couple o business matters with CIF and AFM:



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instructor CIFInterested in teaching at Columbus Idea Foundry?  This is the meeting for you! If you’re a new or prospective instructor and have questions about teaching classes or workshops, need to see spaces or need help developing a new class, nailing down dates, etc. this is a good place to start!  There will be a general meeting and then Casey McCarty will be happy to meet with you as needed!
For more information about teaching at the CIF, please visit their instructor page:!instructors/c13lh

2 weeks until Alternative Fashion Week 2015 designer apps go out!!

Are you a designer that would like to apply?? Go sign up to “Become a Designer” at to be notified when apps are released!


Next, let the supporting local artists and their art  begin (or continue!!!) with the following events:


I am soooo very excited to say that not only will I be attending the ‘Woman As__’opening at Tacocat this Thursday, I will have a piece in it!!!  My very first show!  I am beyond psyched to be part of this collaborative effort between CAW, Tacocat and the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.  Read on to learn more about the show.  I hope that you will come out to support the phenomenal artists who will be featured here (including me…hehe!) and this worthwhile organization!

Passion for Empowering Women Evident in New Exhibit “Woman As_____”





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I’m so excited to be part of this show!!!  This will be my first exhibition of my mixed media art and is for a great cause…I hope you will come out and see the talent of the CAW members who will be participating!

“Woman As___” runs from December 4th 2014 through January 18th 2015 at TacoCat Cooperative Studios and Gallery, 937 Burrell Avenue ColumbuS OH 43212.
The opening reception will be on December 4th 2014 6:00-9:00pm with a special performance by artist Heidi Madsen between 6:20 and 6:45pm. The exhibit is curated by member artists Catherine Bell Smith and Mollie Hannon.

The Creative Arts of Women (CAW) and the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio have teamed up to present “Woman As__” a provocative new exhibit that explores gender, identity and womanhood. The exhibit will feature over 100 original works by members of the artist collective CAW representing diverse mediums such as painting, installation and performance. The centerpiece of the exhibit will feature a collaborative mosaic created by member artists that addresses theme of “Woman As____.”

CAW and the Women’s Fund are compatible organizations with the same goal of empowering women. CAW is a group of professional artists representing a wide range of disciplines including: performance, sculpture, installation, photography, ceramics, painting, and printmaking. As one of the premier women’s arts groups in Columbus, CAW is committed to being a safe place for women to be nurtured in their artistic goals. CAW has also had a notable history of community involvement starting with the 2011 exhibit “Strands” which featured visual and performance art about hair, fibers, DNA and other “strands.” The proceeds of the exhibit were donated to the Hair Theater Fund, which helps patients experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy buy wigs or hats. In 2014 CAW members embarked upon a three month partnership with Fort Hayes High School art students. The mentorships between CAW’s professional artists and Fort Hayes students resulted in the powerful exhibit “Exchanges” which blurred the lines of the mentor/mentee dynamic.

The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is a public foundation that transforms the lives of women and girls by mobilizing the collective power and passion of all women working together. The Women’s Fund creates gender equality and influence through its research and collaborations, promotes social change by growing women’s philanthropy, and by making grants to programs that raise awareness and educate on issues affecting women and girls.

For more information please visit,, For all inquiries please contact

After the opening, Tacocat’s Gallery is open on Sundays, from 12p – 5p, or contact one of the CAW hosts to schedule a personal tour! Continue reading

Pyrographer, Julie Macala: Art That’s Hot, Hot, Hot!!!

julie 4Julie Macala and I first met when she participated in the 2013 Falling for Local: An Ohio Artisan Market.  I was mesmerized by her art…pyrography.  I’m sure many of you have seen the custom signs and other items that pyrographers make in places like Gatlinsburg (I have one above a couch in my family room!) but Julie’s work goes way beyond what I have ever seen.  Her designs are unique and unlike the basic wood burning I have seen before.Buddha done

Born and raised in Columbus, she was introduced to this art form by her grandmother, Maxine.  Years later,  she picked it up again because it seemed so different and wasn’t as common as so many other art forms.  She began teaching herself more skills by trial and error.   Although she has a ‘real’ job working in an allergy clinic “answering phones and other excitingly mindless tasks”,  she dreams of being able to support herself through her arts/crafts.  In September 2011, she opened her Etsy online shop, Branching Creations, to try to do just that!

After putting on calming music, Julie Macala sits down to start her wood burning for the night.  Though she has a daytime job, Julie sells her designs online and at festivals. "It's very different.  It's kind of soothing and relaxing and smells really good when you're working," says Macala.

After putting on calming music, Julie Macala sits down to start her wood burning for the night. Though she has a daytime job, Julie sells her designs online and at festivals. “It’s very different. It’s kind of soothing and relaxing and smells really good when you’re working,” says Macala.

Like many other artists I have interviewed, pyrography is not the only art form she has tried.  As she puts it:

I have dabbled in many arts/crafts.  At times I find it hard to focus only on one!  I took a potters wheel class at Clayspace almost two years ago and I have been interested in (but have definitely not mastered) jewelry making which included the use of PMC.   Photography is also something that I could see myself getting very wrapped up in.  

She categorizes her art as being very earthy with nature influencing most of her creations.  Bohemian style and Native American art also inspire her  but she finds ideas just about anywhere!  Each one of her pieces is one-of-a-kind and done by hand on wood canvases or blanks.finished

I would consider my work multi-medium.  I put artwork on many different objects such   as boxes, plaques, walking sticks, guitars, bangle bracelets, photo frames etc.  Some pieces are very basic with no finish or coloring while many include acrylic and/or watercolor, stain and gloss.  I also take custom orders that can include personal wooden objects.

A tip she offers to any artist is to not burn yourself out.  When feeling worn out or frustrated by a piece, set it aside and start work on another project leaving the frustrating one in sight.  Make sure you can see it while going about your day so that you can keep thinking about it and eventually look at it from a different perspective.  This helps decide where to ‘take it next’Comfest lot

One issue that makes her art difficult at times is finding a wood burner or pyrography unit that is suitable for her needs. The unit she is currently using is actually  from Mexico and it’s the only one she likes.  Although she has bought multiple name brands from the U.S., she was horrified by the results!  One had a pen made from metal that burnt her hand;  another was made from plastic and…. ‘You guessed it, it melted!’  with experience, she has learned that part of the problem is that she burns at higher temperatures than other artists ‘There is just something about seriously burning my designs in dark and heavy.’

Julie regularly works on her pyrography alone.  With only the occasional interruption from her dog, Rocko, she is able to focus on her artwork while her boyfriend is at work.

Julie regularly works on her pyrography alone. With only the occasional interruption from her dog, Rocko, she is able to focus on her artwork while her boyfriend is at work.

Friends and family are very important to Julie and her creative endeavors because:

I have to give a big hand to my friends and family for understanding that when festival season is approaching, you cannot get me out of my house.   Especially after working FT hours, I am a slave to my own craft and at some moments I have to remind myself that it will all be worth it.  My family deserves the biggest thanks for all the help and support they give me.  My parents and boyfriend, Ian make it all possible even though I resemble a crazed gypsy lady who smells like a fire 🙂 julie 3

So, although she has an online shop, she mostly enjoys selling her work at local festivals and craft shows.  She prefers this even though it may be strenuous because she can meet her customers and talk to them one-on-one.  And, because she doesn’t have a studio or storefront, this is a great way to show her collection of work to a larger audience.bonnaroo

She was uber excited to have been accepted to vend at the Centeroo of  the 13th Annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival  2014  June 12-15th  in Manchester Tennessee ( for the first time and to  have a booth again at Comfest .  This weekend she will be selling her wares during the  Summer Jam at Westgate  11-7  and to top it off, she recently  found out that she will be at the Backwoods Festival in Thornville Sept 19-21st!!

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Shop Local, Shop Artists!

Don’t forget that Alternative Fashion Mob is sponsoring a great holiday shopping event to promote buying local and supporting small businesses today and tomorrow!  11-7 both days!  Catch me there while I volunteer for this fun event!bf 1bf2

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Kristin Ellis’ earrings

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AND check out one of my featured artists, Ralph Corriveau, at Illuminating this Sunday in German Village’s Gallery 831.

Illuminating Art
German Village Art League’s All-Member Exhibition
OPENING: December 1, 2013 at Gallery 831

Our fifth annual all-member holiday exhibition opens Sunday December 1, from 6-9pm! Celebrate the season with art, food, laughter, and pleasant evening strolls through German Village during Village Lights! Join us at Clayspace Gallery 831, at 831 S. Front Street, for this joyous occasion!

AFM Black Friday Shop Local, What the Rock!? and Small Business Saturday

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What the Rock!?

What the Rock?!’s 6th Annual Black Friday Sale will kick off at 9am on Friday November 29, 2013.*Our first 25 paying customers will receive a FREE swag bag full of fun goodies and deals from What the Rock?!, PromoWest Productions, and more!!!THE ROCKIN’ DEALS!!!9am-10am: 40% OFF Your Entire Purchase!10am-11am: 30% OFF Your Entire Purchase!11am-Noon: 20% OFF Your Entire Purchase!

Noon-1pm: 10% OFF Your Entire Purchase!

*Short North Black Card Holders receive 10% off their purchase from 1pm to close!


Sale excludes clearance items and cannot be combined with any other discount. See store for details.

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Forget about going to Walmart and all of those other ridiculously crowded places where you CANNOT buy local!Kick off your holiday shopping season, actually have some fun and buy local  with a TWO-DAY TRUNK SHOW!This event will be a welcome break from the hectic, mall-tastic (yuck!)  why-are-people-so-crazy (even yuckier!) start of the typical shopping season.You can shop local, catch runway shows by our Alternative Fashion Mob designers, check out some workshops, and eat food truck fare.Workshops:
– Gift Wrapping (I hope to help with this at 4:30 both days!)
– Screen Printing
– Fabric Manipulation
– More are in the works!!Sounds awesome, right?!!TWO DAYS!!


11am-7pm BOTH DAYS!

Vendor list for the Black Friday Fashion Fest!

Tastefully Dirty
Olliver Lifestyle
Megan Lee Designs
Renegade Rack
Kristin Ellis
Old salts leatherworks
Two Machines
Jacquar Jean-Jacques
Objet Adapté

Friday ONLY
Oldmanwithers Jewelry
Jennifer’s Custom Designs
House of Baboski

Saturday ONLY
Made With Love Knits
Isolda Couture
Pretty Sleazy Hair Bows
Little Bags

Raymond T Vinyl will be spinning from 4-7 on saturday