Spring and Art Have Sprung!!!

LOTS of openings and amazing art to see, buy and SUPPORT LOCAL this weekend and the weather looks like it’s going to cooperate. So get out there and enjoy it!!! Creative Babes of all ages, check this out! Creative Babes Happy … Continue reading

St. Patty’s Day Weekend is Full of Art…Green and Otherwise!

Being part  Irish myself, I always look forward to this holiday and the wearin’ of the green and festivities that surround it.  This year, I am busily getting my house ready to put on the market so I can make … Continue reading

March Roars in with ART!

March starts with a roar!  So much to do this weekend and the sun is supposed to be shining so no excuse for cabin fever. Get out there and support the arts and support local…GET YOUR ART ON! Thursday…  Rebecca … Continue reading

Blockfort’s Grand Opening Highlight of the Weekend

The big news for Central Ohio this weekend is the opening of Blockfort, Central Ohio’s new art gallery and resident artist studios.  Join some of the previous tenants of Tacocat as they celebrate their new space! Read more about the … Continue reading

February Continues to Deliver Art from the Heart!

This weekend isn’t as action packed as last weekend but there’s still plenty of art to take in so get out there and get your art on! Mac Worthington Gallery of Contemporary Art A Night of Enchantment Friday 6-9 p.m. … Continue reading

Amazing Cat Show Highlight of Franklinton Fridays!

Well, I have been out of town for 3 weeks and have missed some great art happenings in Central Ohio as well as not posting about them sorry to say!  So much to do in my new home and taking … Continue reading

Emerging Designs Debut on April 26th

Welcome to the Alternative Fashion Week some brand new designers….no really…brand new as in they have never shown their fashions to the public!!  Woot!  AFM is so psyched that they will debut with the grand finale on April 26th!  Read more about these emerging artists:

Cleopatra Slough and Caroll Kern: Caroll+Cleopatra

Cleopatra Slough and Caroll Kern

Self-proclaimed cat people and  juniors at CCAD pursuing undergrad degrees in fashion design, Caroll Kern (from Nashville) and Cleopatra    (from Lawrence, Kansas)  of Caroll + Cleopatra are collaborating for the AFW finale.  They have worked together for a few years in classes and personal side projects. Both are also in the honors program and showcase their work in campus galleries every semester. Although fashion is their passion,  they both are also interested in photography and jewelry design/making.

Caroll Kern, Photographer

The 70’s strongly influence the designs they create for young confident women (like them!!)  Music and textiles from that era really inform our work, and we tend to put a slightly girly twist onto things.  

 Attending CCAD provides lots of inspiration for their work…friends and fellow artists at the school certainly fuel creative juices for both young ladies.  One example of this was learning Shibori and Nuno Felting in their Surface Design class last week and observing not only what they were taught but what their peers created!

At this point, they do not sell their designs anywhere but do take commissions when they have time, creating only one-of-a-kind clothing.

Caroll Kern, Photographer

 Q&A  What is essential to your design process?  .We sketch A LOT.

Why the AFM/AFW?  We found out about AFW through our school’s Career Services program! We think of ourselves as alternative designers, so we definitely thought it would make a great fit!

 Dylan Kasson, Photographer

What fashion trend do you wish would go away forever? We HATE Uggs!

 Who are your musical muses?  Our favorite bands are The Smiths,  Psychedelic  Furs, The Clash, and Nirvana.

What other fashion era helps you get your groove on?  Right now Cleo and I throw back a lot to the 80’s and 90’s.

 Dylan Kasson, Photographer

Contact for readers:



Shannon Kelleher :Shannon Kelleher Designs 

Made entirely from recycled materials!

Shannon Kelleher of Shannon Kelleher Designs is our neophyte designer having just created her label a month ago!  She is a student at OSU (originally from Xenia) and we are so excited to have her on-board with AFM this year!!

So far, her design aesthetic is simple silhouettes, bright colors, loud patterns but she’s still working defining herself and her style…come on she’s just getting those creative juices flowing, folks!  She def wants to design for women who are comfortable in their own skins and don’t want the run-of-the-mill boring, off the rack fashions.  Someone who WANTS to be SEEN!!!! 

As  newbie to the fashion world, Shannon believes that she can bring a fresh eye to the game/ “something big to the table.”  Inspiration comes from online, walks, dreams, you name it.  After seeing an ad for AFW 2013, she attended the show.  That was all it took for her to make the decision to get involved in AFM as a designer and volunteer.

In addition to the AFW Finale, she will be showing at The OSU Fashion Production Association 2014 Fashion Show: Incrementa in April 2014.

What current fashion trends do you wish would go away forever?  Crocs, or anything that looks like them.

If you could live in any fashion era, what would it be?  70’s hippie chic is my all time fave, great era for inspiration.

Who is your rock star/musician or artist muse?  Katy Perry!

What is your absolute go-to fashion accessory?  Statement necklaces, big and colorful.  I’ve been told I have a good neck for those lol.

What is your fav color combo?  What color would you like to see this spring?  various blues and pinks. Green!

Contact info for readers:  kellehsm08@hotmail.com

Olivier Peng Zhang: O.Z

Olivier Peng Zhang for O.Z. (his eponymous label, initials from his full name) hails from China and is completely self-taught…no art school or design education …but who would know? He has only had a name for his fashion line in the last few months…taking part in the AFW finale was the impetus to create a label…WOOT!

Zhang came to the U.S. to work on an mechanical engineering degree at OSU but fairly quickly found out his passion for fashion was really where his future lay.  He feels that fashion chose him rather than the other way around!


His clean and minimalistic design aesthetic is perfect for those who prefer simple but fun fashion that combines different materials and colors.


Those who want to look chic while buying one piece that goes with everything are gonna be wowed by his designs.


What inspires your creations?  My surroundings including colors and funny materials

Who is/are your fav designer(s)?  My favorite designers are Raf Simons and Phoebe Phillo.

Are your fashions available locally or online?  I will be selling my stuff soon on my partner’s website : www.fashionmomo.com

Are you inspired at all by your Asian culture?  Do any of your designs incorporate Chinese styles or is it mostly just inspired by simple lines?  Undeniably, Asian culture is a huge part of who I am but I never like to source my inspiration to a specific culture context. I love something that is more universal like shapes and colors.  There is something very tasteful and ravishing about a sharp clean line and that is where I want to explore with my collection.

What is your fashion nightmare…what fashion do you absolutely HATE?  I loathe anything that resembles something out of cheap costume shop. It also giving me physical pain when I see a design that is too cluttered and poorly executed. I don’t have anything against costumes but they should  be costumes, not every day clothing!

How long have you been designing?  Designing to me is a very personal experience it’s ready hard to put a time frame on it. It is something I have liked to do since I was a child. I guess what I am saying is that my creativity is always the safe place for me to go when I am feeling down. Fortunately, Fashion Mob gave me the opportunity to share my vision with the pubic. Although I just  showed 3 pieces to apply  to the show, I  felt so blessed to see  positive reactions to my designs.  I hope with my participation in AFW finale, more people can learn about my designs and help me launch a fashion line.

What is your fav piece of clothing to wear?  a  white T-shirt and denim jackets 😉  they are truly my closet staples .

Contact for readers: EMAIL: nathanzhang1991@gmail.com; FACEBOOK: PENG ZHANG  (https://www.facebook.com/nathan.zhang.100)





Help An Ohio Artist Get Wheels Again

river yard saleOhio Artist, River Wolfe, has been confined to a wheelchair since being injured while hiking in 1986, paralyzed from the sternum down.  After graduating with a Master’s degree in Counseling in 1991, she worked as a drug and alcohol counselor, but 8 years later  was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, which was adversely affected her ability to work a 9-5 job.  She left her profession in 1999 and turned her hobby of making jewelry into a part-time business, creating River Wolfe Art Jewelry.

River and her partner, Jonny

River and her partner, Jonny

Now she travels Art and Craft Shows all over Ohio, Pennnsylvania, Michigan and Indiana to sell her jewelry. She currently drives a 13 yr old van with a wheelchair lift and hand controls that  enable her  to drive.  However, earlier this summer, she was told that her van had irreparable problems.  Without this van, she will be deprived of her business and income and confined to her home.  Unfortunately, she cannot obtain the type of van she needs (wheelchair lift, special hand controls) is not affordable or covered by medical assistance.

In an attempt to purchase a new vehicle, River has started a fundraising campaign with https://www.giveforward.com.  To this date, she has been able to raise $3700 but that is just a drop in the bucket as this van could cost upwards of $30,000!!!

Soooooo…..in step her multitude of friends and fellow artists to coordinate a huge yard sale to benefit River.  This yard sale has been growing by leaps and bounds and will not only feature sale items of every persuasion but musical entertainment, baked goods and beverages.

For all of you that are artistically inclined there will be a ton of art/crafts-related items for sale as well as household goods, gardening equipment and various and sundry “another man’s treasures!!”  So come on out and support a good cause by buying, buying , buying on what is supposed to be a beautiful Friday and Saturday 9-4 at 509 Melrose Avenue in Clintonville…then on Saturday follow  up with fun at that CrestFest!

River's jewelry

River’s jewelry

Get Your Party on at CrestFest

This year’s CrestFest is August 24, 2013.
CrestFest is a South Clintonville Street Party.
The street will be closed from 8am to 11pm.crest fest

CrestFest, a celebration  of the Clintonville/Crestview area community,  started out as a block party/potluck 4 years ago with some of the neighbors on Crestview. It grew a bit the first two years, and then last year, Art Party  signed on, bringing vendors, more kids’ activities and changing it from one block to encompass 4 streets.
Art, music, family…all are included in this year’s event.  There will be a live stage, an accoustic stage, karaoke, and lots for everyone in the family to participate in.

CrestFest is super kid-friendly this year- there will be  an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, kid’s karaoke, and a stretch of closed off street for playing and bike riding. AND there will be  fantastic and creative art activities from the art partners at Art Party.

So many local businesses are contributing to the fun.  One example is Mama Mimi’s  donation of 5 pizzas again this year for the raffle  (small world as I worked with the owners’ child when they first started their business!!!)

RAFFLE TICKETS!!! Bring address labels to make filling them out a breeze!  The raffle pays for the kids bounce house/obstacle course.  Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5. Buy as many as you want, since there are always lots of prizes…last year there were over 70!! Thanks to neighborhood businesses, you’ll find lots of gift cards to be won. Winners don’t have to be present to claim their prizes.

The Dream Thieves will be one of the many bands  performing (on the Crestview Stage at 4 PM!!) Be sure to check out the event page for the band schedule. https://www.facebook.com/CrestFest?fref=ts
 In addition to the food, music and art, community members have chosen to paint a mural at the intersection of Crestview and Calumet.
crest mural  All artistically  inclined people who would like to help out with the painting of the mural are welcome to join in the creative process!
The intersection will be closed from 7AM Saturday to 8PM Sunday.  Painting of the mural begins at 7AM until approximately noon. Stop by if you want to help transfer the art work to the painting on the mural or stop by and watch the mural unfold!