Articles About JafaGirls

  • Their art bristles with intent

    The JafaGirls Corrine Bayraktaroglu and Nancy Mellon open their Hairy Art Palace show during this Friday’s Third Friday Fling and Art Stroll, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Arts Council Gallery at the Oten building, 309 Xenia Avenue. The gallery will be open during the weekend’s Artist Studio Tour. (Photo by Lauren Heaton)

    The JafaGirls have come to see themselves as community artists who, through public installations, bring people together and help them reframe their assumptions and see things in new ways.

  • Sticky, off-the-wall art on a wall

    Several local arts supporters got in the spirit last Sunday at Chew 4 Art, which launched the Traveling Gum Wall, a collaboration of the Yellow Springs Arts Council and the JafaGirls. The public is invited to help decorate the gum wall this Saturday during the Street Fair at the Arts Council booth in the Art Park at 100 Corry Street, which is a fund-raiser for the arts group. Shown above are, at left, JafaGirls Corrine Bayraktaroglu and Nancy Mellon and at right, Arts Council coordinator Carole Braun, Tom Osborne and award-winning bubble-blower Lori Tuttle. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    You can call it art to chew on, or art that’s already been chewed. Whatever you call it, the Traveling Gum Wall is the most recent offbeat community art project by the village’s own Jafagirls, in collaboration with the Yellow Springs Arts Council.

  • In time for spring, an artistic blooming on Dayton Street

    JafaGirls Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktaroglu

    “Flower power” will take on new meaning soon in Yellow Springs, as colorful blossoms spring to life on benches and poles on Dayton and Corry Streets, just in time for the greening of spring. It’s the latest project from Corrine Bayraktaroglu and Nancy Mellon, also known as the JafaGirls.

  • Skeins away! Yarn-bombers strike

    Local artists Corrine Bayraktaroglu and Nancy Mellon, aka the JafaGirls, stand behind a pole they have tagged with knit graffiti on Dayton Street. Their Yellow Springs public fiber art is featured in the new book, ‘Yarn Bombing,’ from Arsenal Pulp Press.

    Forgive this reporter for stating the obvious: Yellow Springs has been yarn bombed.

    Yarn Bombing, a new glossy craft book, has a definite Yellow Springs flavor: the book features full-page spreads of the fiber art of locals Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktaroglu — aka the JafaGirls — presented as a radical art practice called knit graffiti.

  • Neat knots and knick-knacks: the Knit Knot Tree finds fame

    Corrine Bayraktaroglu and Nancy Mellon at the Knit Knot Tree on Xenia Avenue.

    You can call it a tree in a sweater, a community crazy quilt, or one more quirky idea from Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktaroglu. Whatever you call it, the knitted art project on the pear tree outside the Emporium seems to have taken the world by storm.

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