Alexis Zabor joins FLC

Alexis Zabor is a fiber artist and sculptor who investigates craft, labor, and repurposed materials. Using fiber, found, and created materials, Zabor integrates materials not commonly combined into new forms using hand craft processes. These craft processes will often include crochet, weaving, latch hooking, needlepoint, and macrame knots.

Zabor starts her pieces by finding materials that can be worked with in hand-craft methods but are non-traditional craft materials. Past projects have included materials such as; reclaimed wire, video tape, grout, and metal conduit. Starting with no sketch or idea of what the piece will end up looking like, adaptation and flexibility are vital in the final outcome of the piece.

She views her pieces as a performance of labor. Each piece chronicles the time and effort devoted to it. From sourcing the materials and performing the craft action with them, her process is intensive, research heavy, and places an emphasis on repetitive actions and motions.

Alexis Zabor received her B.F.A in Studio art with a concentration in Printmaking from Ohio University in 2018. Since moving back to Columbus she is excited to immerse herself into the Columbus art scene and explore what the city has to offer.


Brittni Stump joins FLC

Brittni Stump is a textile artist who is excited by repurposing discarded materials from everyday life. Manipulating objects like receipts, plastic bags, parking tickets, and cassette tape, she then lays her seemingly mundane treasures in a wash of bright colors.

Stump applies her unconventional materials to traditional textile techniques, such as hand weaving, embroidery and latch hook. Her work revolves around "play"; whether it be with color, technique, imagery, texture or material, Stump continues to discover new ways to keep her work fun and bright. 

Brittni Stump received her B.F.A. in Crafts with a concentration in Textile Arts from Kent State University in 2013. Stump is a ROY G BIV Gallery Artist and makes her work in her Franklinton space, Chromedge Studios.

Brittni's work will be shown at Brickbox Studios in Columbus, Ohio this fall. Her work will also be featured in the Chromedge Studios Gallery on December 14th from 7 - 10 pm. 


In Silence with Crystal Tursich

For the past few months, I’ve been working to create a new body of work which is deeply personal, it is called In Silence. It is important that, first and foremost, the images in this series maintain formal design quality and technical finesse. Only then can my thoughts and experience become conceptualized. Ultimately, this series is about loss and creating the work has served as a coping mechanism for me. The official statement is below.  

The world moves and I am still. Deafening silence fills the room as I fixate on ceiling tiles. An ultrasound technician to my right fumbles with how to break the news. For the next several days, I go through the motions forcing myself to eat and sleep along the way. Friends and family send their condolences, share their experiences, attempt to console me. I feel everything and nothing all at once. A time of conflicting emotions, I try to make sense of it all.

Becoming a parent was not something I ever dreamed about. I refused to even consider it until my mid-thirties. This late revelation makes the loss that much more prominent. As children, girls are given dolls and kitchen sets to prepare them to play the roles of mother and caretaker. Playing house and pretending to care for a baby lost its appeal for me around the age of eleven. I declared that I was unsure I ever wanted to have children and I gave all of my dolls to my little sister. My mother told me that this broke her heart.

I did not feel my heart break when I miscarried but I felt my body passing a lifeless being. The traumas of pregnancy are not explained to young girls, dolls cannot convey the pains of labor or miscarriage. Pregnancy is discussed as if a baby is definite. Miscarriage is addressed in whispers. We experience this in silence and hope for a successful outcome next time.

This series has been coming together fairly quickly. I started photographing for it in early May and began submitting select images to juried exhibitions and competitions mid-June. I was very pleased when one image was chosen for an exhibition about narrative in photography. Clutching My Belly was shown as part of The Telling Image at Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota from July 13th-August 8th. I’m looking forward to exhibiting more of this work soon. Until then, I’ll continue posting images from these series on my Instagram account and I’ll even be taking over the SPE Women’s Caucus Instagram feed from August 20-26th.


Nikki Smetters @ Ghastley, Ohio

FLC member Nikki Smetters recently completed the Masters of Fine Arts: Illustration as Visual Essay at the School for Visual Arts in New York! Her thesis project (shown below) was the creation of a book illustrating the tall tales of Ghastley, Ohio. Join us in congratulating Nikki on her huge achievement and in welcoming her back to Columbus!!

“Ghastley, Ohio, is a very normal town. As you can see from these glimpses into the residents’ day-to-day lives, nothing very special happens there. They go on picnics, play summer concerts in the village square, and lock their doors when the mothmen come. It’s a little boring, really. If you avoid the lily pond, you should live a long life there.”


Virginia Kistler @ Kettering, Ohio

FLC member Virginia Kistler recently completed a public art commission in Kettering Ohio. 
Located in the Oak Park neighborhood, her piece entitled "Mutual Homes" was completed using stainless steel. 


FLC @ Ohio State Fair 2018

French Leave Collective has two members with work in this years Ohio Sate Fair; Crystal Tursich and Kyla Rafert
The State Fair is always a tremendous show and definitely worth a visit! 
Check out the Fine Arts Exhbition at the Fair from July 25th to August 5th. 


Kyla Zoe Rafert @ Phoenix Rising

FLC member Kyla Zoe Rafert presents an exhibition of original works in the hallway gallery of Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative at 243 N. 5th St. #140 in Columbus, Ohio, from April 3rd through April 30th 2018. The exhibition will be available for viewing during the building's open hours, Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 6 pm, and Saturday 9am - 1 pm. An artist's reception will be on Saturday April 7th from 4 - 7 pm. Food and drink provided.

Rafert's artwork uses fairytale-inspired narratives that toy with themes of femininity, lost innocence, puberty and death. Stage-like in their presentation, the works often depict intricate, Victorianesque scenes that are technically stunning, visually lovely, and often slightly foreboding. 
The majority of the works on display will be etchings, a centuries-old fine art printmaking technique where the artist uses acid to etch a hand-drawn image onto a metal plate and the plate is then inked and used to transfer that image onto paper via an etching press. Also included in the exhibition will be several mixed media pieces that use a combination of hand painted and screen-printed elements. 
Kyla Zoe Rafert is an artist and illustrator living near Amanda, Ohio and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, with residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and Women's Studio Workshop, among others. Her work has received national recognition by New American Paintings, American Art Collector, and elsewhere. She received her B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Find her at www.kyla-zoe.com.

​detail of etching entitled Perimeter