Detroit Design Festival!

There is a ton of really neat stuff happening in the city this week for the Detroit Design Festival. Tomorrow, I'm having a trunk show at Goods. All my new fall designs will be there, plus a sample sale section. The samples will be some awesome deals, I'll have dresses and tops going for $15-25. Mark Heggie will also be there with t-shirts, posters and paintings. The event goes from 2-5pm, and it's at Goods, in the Park Shelton in Midtown.

And since you'll be at the Park Shelton, I would check out the new coffee place, 14 East, and Leopold's Books. A list of all the DDF events happening on Sunday is here.

On Tuesday, 71 Pop is having a party! Come check out my pop-up shop, there will be food, music and lovely fashions from 2-9pm. More info and RSVP here; 71 Pop is located in Midtown, just behind MOCAD.


Renegade Craft Fair Chicago '11 Recap

Ok, I'm just going to say it: if you missed the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago this year, you should be really bummed!  RCF has always been top-notch, but this year was exceptionally great. I couldn't make the rounds all in one day because there were so many booths that I wanted to stop and take a look at. I ended up getting: a tank top from Make it Good, two RCF event posters by Mat Daly, neon arrow/feather earrings and lotus necklace from Scarlett Garnet, a sea urchin spine necklace and a silk rope necklace from my awesome boothmate, Yellowgrey.

This year, vendors has the option to be paired up with another vendor and share a booth. I decided to do that this year, and the Renegade organizers did a great job matching me up with Yellowgrey. The colors and aesthetic of our items went together really well, and we had a lot of similar display elements. Plus, Kristina was an awesome girl! This was her first show, and I was really impressed with how prepared she was.

Billy had the idea of bringing a wagon with us so we could haul our stuff to the car quickly, without having to wait for a super close parking space. He is seriously the best helper. I had framed some fabric in embroidery hoops to use as booth decorations, but forgot to add loops of fishing line to hang them up with, so I had Billy tie them on while I was setting up. A lady stopped by while he was working on them and told him how great it was to see a guy doing embroidery. Then he started telling people that he was the one who sewed all the clothing!

Besides all the crafters/artists, my favorite part is the food. Frozen kefir from Starfruit, breakfast/lunch/coffee from the Milk & Honey Cafe,  sesame kale macro bowl from Native Foods, and iced horchata from BigBite Catering. So good!


September Events!

September is going to be an amazing month for Always the Forest this year. I have a lot of great events scheduled, and my own pop-up shop!

 I'll have my own pop-up shop at 71 Pop for the entire month of September. It's located at 71 Garfield (in the brick building behind and across the street from MOCAD). So I have my own little store set up, complete with decorations and all that good stuff, I'll post some pictures of it later. It's open Tues-Sat 11:30-7. There are four other artists sharing the space with me, more info at http://71pop.com/.  We'll be having a wrap party on September 27th, from 2-9, more info on that to come.

The Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago is next weekend! I'll be there sharing a booth with Yellowgrey, who makes some awesome jewelry. It runs Saturday and Sunday from 11-7.

 On Sunday, September 25th, I'll be having a trunk show at Goods (it's in the Park Shelton, right by the DIA).  I'll be set up with all my new fall designs, plus some really great deals on certain items.

I'll post more info about each of these events as they near, but if you want more updates, follow me on twitter and facebook.


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