Chainmail bathing suits, splatter painting, live music with Marshall stacks, and fashion designers accompanied by hair and makeup artists formed the foundation for the recent RAW Glimpse show at Shadowbox.
What is RAW?
RAW: Natural Born Artists is an international independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art.
Walking around the side to go into the show, Now It’s Dark found models Laura Junk and Taylor Huffman with makeup and hair styles ready for action, heading around the back of the building for an impromptu photoshoot before the event. That’s part of the lovely random collaboration that happens when artists meet and mingle.
Many fashion shows in Columbus provide exposure for designers, models, stylists, hair and makeup artists without compensation. That means experience, exposure, and pictures may be the only real forms of “payment” for models and the team supporting them.
“The show was amazing. All the diversity from art to fashion was exquisite and I especially loved wearing my headpiece by Jessica Driscoll,” model Laura Junk said. “She makes everything look beautiful whether it was in pictures or on the runway.”
Walking inside Shadowbox, NID found rotating models posing on pedestals near the bar.
This is a great way for designers to bring their outfits close to the audience and let them really experience their work and see the quality and design innovation. The atmosphere was alive with artists and creatives enjoying food and drinks.
Walking around to the rear, we found people stopping to pose for pictures in front of the RAW photospot.
Shadowbox has a performance stage and space in the back room allowing artists individual areas to mount and display art, as well as interact with the attendees. Spending time with an artist who created a piece is always interesting because they each experience the world a little differently and always seem to have something to share.
Painter and Illustrator Jake Candy said hello — his work was fresh and lively.
While talking to Jake, the indie group Nerak Roth Patterson Band (NRPB) from Dayton was rocking out a lively mix of eclectic music. Keep an ear open for some great sound to come from them on their upcoming CD involving legendary Jethro Tull.
Crazy cool Emily Kaelin caught our eye. Her work is dark, edgy, feeling raw and immortal.
Completely different in technique is fine artist and designer Jeffery Oberlander, who told NID that the painting pictured with him won an award at the Vision of Tomorrow contest sponsored by Disney’s Tomorrowland and the Museum of Science Fiction in Washington DC.
Billy Tackett is just cool because he throws paint or perhaps flicks the paint onto the surface. Watching him work a canvas at the show was fun and probably made more than one person think they could create something using his process – inspiring. Artists do that, they make hard things seem easy. Simple is always more complex than people think.
Zakary Burgess of Smashy Cat had some very creative paintings.
Lastly, we noticed Maggie Rochon and her collection of paintings reminiscent of release and escape. NID asked Maggie what she thought of being part of RAW.
“The energy coming from all of the artists was unique and really encouraging,” Rochon said. “RAW was an experience you have to feel firsthand. It was awesome to interact with such diverse talent in one night. RAW sets up an environment for artists that’s different because it’s not combative. We’re all there to show our passion and encourage one another.”
Wandering around a bit more, an untitled piece by Sterling Gregory felt beautiful with only the message: “A gift for Maggie — not for sale” — lucky girl.
Local artist Isis Yasmeen rocked the room with a few of her own pop songs, including a song about interracial relationships backed up by local singer and model Yolanda McCall.
Master MC Tim Fulton‘s wit and energy kept the show entertaining and fun.
Organizer Dayna Melton took to the stage to help give away a painting from local artist Glori Magi.
Gray Wolf’s Chainmaille, kicked off the runway show around 10 p.m.
Wow, models wearing Chainmaille armor-based bathing suits — the ultimate in protection for your swimming. So cool and unusual!
Allison Quirklesquirkle’s fashion was fun and furry. Sam Antics MUA, and Angela Palmer hair!
Abby Staley, who appeared in the Senior CCAD Fashion Show this year, brought our her fresh style and bright colors. Holly Hunt and Audrey Grabill did hair with Grabill and Amanda Els handling makeup.
Jessica Driscoll‘s designs are feminine, edgy and cool, with H/MUA by Jefferey M. Steele.
RAW is rapidly becoming a “big town” artist event right here in Columbus at Shadowbox.
Check out the next show in September!