DETROIT _ Yes, I shopped. As I sauntered through the All Things Detroit festival at Eastern Market, it was impossible not to want everything. Small businesses and vendors from across metro Detroit offered up everything from T-shirts to coasters, from popcorn to wall art. And the art? Wow. It was electic and amazing. And I met some great people, including Centurium, who designed the fantastic bowl above, and Craig Paul Nowak and Danielle Cotton. who offered a new idea for art blocks – tiles that you can change out when you change room decor (Second and third pictures below). But some of my favorite works were metalworks from Chris Nesbitt’s Waterford-based Metal Art. It was stunning, and the city owes a debt of thanks to All Things Detroit founder Jennyfer Crawford, who decided this should be an extension of her event planning and project management business.
If awards existed for the most exciting months in the arts, September in Detroit would have a shot! We kicked it off with the International Jazz Festival that featured greats on stages across downtown and midtown. We also kicked off Detroit Month of Design, which featured dozens of events, conversations, workshops and exhibits across the city. Dotted in between were fantastic examples of musical and poetic genius.
Oh, and Kanye West came to town!