Things I've been making recently

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(thanks to the shuffling magic of responsive design, my numbering might be off.'ll probably figure it out.)

1-3: some recent maquettes for sculptural installations incorporating garments-as-architecture

4-8: self-drafted and/or draped garments and toiles

9-10: pine pulpit chairs built and upholstered for the stage production of The Christians at Playmakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, NC

11: handpainted sign for stage production of Leaving Eden at Playmakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, NC

12: my cute new business cards (there are two different versions, you just have to look closely)

everything else: jewelry designs and hanging mobiles!



News and upcoming shows

Hello! An update!

I'm honored to have been selected for the following exhibitions: 

Fine Contemporary Craft, a biennial exhibition held at Artspace in Raleigh, NC and juried by Roger Manley of the Gregg Museum of Art. December 1, 2017 - January 13, 2018.

Multiples, a group exhibition at VAE in Raleigh. December 1-30, 2017.

I will have work in the 16th Annual Collectors Gala at Artspace, held on November 18th, and MINT Gallery's EngageMINT Fundraiser, also on November 18th, in Atlanta!

Next week I am teaching a hand-drawn GIF-making workshop for students at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School!


I'm working on a music video team for an artist I really admire, creating animations and a lighting installation. I can't talk about it until things materialize further, so, for now, please just deal with my excited vagueposting! 

Hmm...lastly, I am making great strides in the flat pattern drafting class that I am auditing at UNC (last week I made a very successful sleeve and a semi-successful bodice), I am a person with blonde hair now, and in a few weeks I'll be driving around town in a short bed pickup truck!! WITH an aux cord. Living one of many possible best lives.

For your enjoyment, here are some recent studio/process shots of stuff I've been working on. Have a great day!



Just some WIP. Sounds playing are by the GOAT, Speakerfoxxx, from "The Art of Letting Go"


FANTASY at Day & Night Projects, August 24- September 17, 2017

I am exhibiting at this fantastic artist-run gallery with my Tallahassee collective, FANTASY (Ashton Bird, Sierra Kramer, Matthew Lawrence, Chelsea Raflo, Lucia Riffel). 

We were reviewed by ArtsATL! 

From the article:

"...Raflo’s approach to fantasy is playful, lively and childlike, presented by a series of mobile sculptures. Negotiation in Space stands out as my favorite piece in the exhibition and has the precise feel of an architectural drawing. Delicate enough to spin with the force of your breath, the mobiles are nested together to form a chandelier-like installation. Through spare geometric forms like lines, cubes and spheres, Raflo explores 'the kinetic energy of suspended objects and the negotiations of balance that results in simple, elegant arrangements.' The piece is a contradictory mix of complex and airy with an effortless attention to detail." (Angela Bortone,

FANTASY will be up through September 17 at 585 Wells St SW, Atlanta, 30312.

Installation shot of "Negotiations in Space" by Chelsea Raflo, 2017



Installation at Hopscotch Music & Design Festival 2017

I partnered with Lumina Clothing Company to create an original installation for the Merch Market at Hopscotch Fest in Raleigh, NC. The installation was a projected composition of multiple hand-drawn animations, complemented by custom shape cutouts secured to the wall to act as screens, highlighting selected animations.

Drawing + DIY projection mapping = two of my favorite things! The festival took place September 7-10, 2017 and I was able to see some amazing performances and meet a lot of wonderful people. Raleigh is pretty pretty pretty prettayy cool.



Regional Emerging Artist Residency

I am thrilled to be a Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina from July-December 2017. Stop by and see me in studio 215A if you are in the area!

 Here is my page in the binder!

Here is my page in the binder!



MFA Thesis Installation at the Museum of Fine Arts

A long overdue documentation of this piece, but here is a video of my installation at the Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, Florida for my MFA thesis exhibition in May 2017. A full text of my project statement and some additional visuals can be seen here. 

An excerpt from the statement that describes the orientation of the space in detail:

"The installation is comprised of a series of small sculptural islands that form a unified horizon in the air. A projector located at the far corner of the room casts the shadows of the islands and their inhabiting structures onto a screen that is suspended from the ceiling, dividing the installation space in half. The viewer enters the space and is first confronted with the screen from the opposite side. The scene depicted is in clean, sharp silhouette, and appears to be a still landscape.

Gradually, the viewer becomes aware of subtle motion: a swaying generated by wind, a dim spotlight growing brighter, an arrow forming in mid-air. It becomes difficult to distinguish between the real, cast shadows of the objects on the opposite side of the screen, and the incorporated projections of light, text, color regions, and illustrations. The "clean" side of the screen is therefore flattened into a storybook, a picture that changes in time. Crossing into the space and behind the screen, the viewer is then surrounded by a bright, evocative miniature playground of wood, wire, thread, and paper that is at once playful and oblique."