Things to do in Detroit before/after DUCF 2010

The 5th annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair is this Saturday and Sunday at the Fillmore! This year, the fair has been expanded it to two days, Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 11-6.  They've also partnered with the Night Move for free shuttle service on both days.  For more info about the fair and shuttle service, go here.

Now of course, the Detroit Urban Craft Fair is reason enough to make a trip to the city on it's own, but just in case you need more reasons, here are some ways to spend your entire day in Detroit:

FOOD:  For an awesome lunch, go to Mudgie's Deli.  They use local ingredients whenever possible, and their food is super delicious.  They also have really good Michigan-made root beer. Mudgie's is open Saturday 11-9 and Sunday 11-4. Last year's lunch recommendation, still very good: Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes. For dinner, check out Motor City Brewing Works.  Fancy pizza and they brew their own beer, some of it with hops from Greenfield Village! I'm not sure what their hours are, but I think they're open pretty late. Last year's dinner recommendation was Slow's BBQ, also very good.

MUSEUMS/ATTRACTIONS: The Detroit Institute of Art has their Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries exhibition going on right now. They also have Drawing in the Galleries for youth and adults together on Sunday, they provide all the supplies for this.  Ice skating at Campus Martius Park is open 10am-midnight on Saturday and 12pm-8pm on Sunday, and will only cost you $7.  And then there's the 38th Annual Noel Night from 5-9:30pm on Saturday. If you're looking for something a little out of the way, check out Hamtramck Disneyland. It's this wild creation in a backyard filled with carousel horses, little planes, and a giant Mikey Mouse head! The address is 12087 Klinger St and it's in the alley between Klinger and Sobieski.


For a list of crafty places and other things to do in Detroit, see last year's post.  And of course, leave a comment if I missed something!


Design Define Detroit

I attended Design Define Detroit at 5e Gallery last Saturday, and was really happy about all the people that showed up to support Detroit fashion.  The discussion panel on creating a garment district in Detroit was my favorite part.  The panel was made up of fashion designers, stylists, business consultants, and a city council member; all with important things to say.  My favorite part of the discussion was when Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh implored all designers, photographers, stylists, etc. to learn all aspects of their business. I wholeheartedly agree with that statement.  You'll never be able to produce a successful line just by drawing sketches all day.  I wish they had talked more about learning opportunities in Detroit.  Besides doing an internship, I don't know of anywhere else where you can learn about producing a line. (A great online resource is fashion-incubator.com.)

It was discussed how Detroit used to have a garment district back in the 50s.  My grandma talks about it sometimes, all the fabric stores and seamstresses that were there, I wish I could go back in time and see it!  My grandma was helping me fit a dress for myself and I was telling her about Design Define Detroit and she said "A long time ago, we used to dress up to go to the city. There were so many fabric stores; Michigan Woolens on Broadway, and Zemco Textiles...it was a big deal!" It will be interesting to see what kind of fashion district will form now,  I'm so excited to be a part of it!


Style Friday: Necklace Edition

I never really had any interest in wearing jewelery until this year.  I think it's because I've started wearing more than just jeans and t-shirts...fancy!  And what better place to pick up some great jewelery pieces than an indie craft fair!  Here's what I scored:

From Maker Faire Detroit: This treated copper necklace is by Courtney Fischer.  I really like the colors, it reminds me of an oil spill, in a good way.

From the Detroit Urban Craft Fair: This birch bark necklace by Bettula was a custom piece.  After wanting one of her necklaces for over a year, I finally asked her if she could make one for me in that shape.  That's another reason why working with an independent designer is so great.

From Maker Faire Detroit. This crocheted necklace from Muggy Tuesday used to be a pair of earrings. They made it into a necklace for me right at the show!

 From the Shadow Art Fair:  This is the first piece of jewelery I bought at a craft fair, and it's still my favorite necklace.  It's a set from Glass Action, the upper and lower peninsula of Michigan made from recycled stained glass. Sometimes I wear the upper peninsula alone, and people think it's a bat.

From the Renegade Craft Fair:  Adjustable balsa wood necklace from Greenola. I also bought this in red.

If you noticed the unfinished dress on my mannequin, it's what I'm wearing to Design Define Detroit tomorrow.  If you're interested in seeing a discussion panel on sustaining Detroit's fashion industry, you should definitely check out this event.


Baroque Music for Better Focus

I was listening to CBC Radio 2 this morning, and they mentioned how Baroque music really helps you concentrate while you're working.  I was immediately interested, because I often have trouble focusing and staying on task while I'm in the studio (one of the hard things about being your own boss). It is thought that the simplicity and order, as well as the fact that most Baroque music is set at 50-80 beats per minute, calms and focuses the brain.  All those are reasons that I dislike that type of music!  I find Baroque music boring, stuffy, too much like a musical math problem, but I decided to give it a try. I listened to it all day while I was working in the studio, and it worked!  If you have trouble focusing, I definitely recommend making yourself a Baroque music playlist.  Here's what I recommend:

Bach's Cello Suites, The Goldberg Variations (especially as played by Glenn Gould), and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in F Minor.  Vivaldi's Four Seasons.


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