I attended a Detroit Design Festival event at Eastern Market on September 22, 2016 on a warm breezy night with my oldest and dearest friend Gloria. Sponsored by Chrysler, the Eastern Market After Dark event was an exciting part of the DDF week long program. It was created by Nina Marcus-Kurlonko to expose the talents and goods of various artists, designers, makers and businesses in and round the Eastern Market district.
The 2016 featured events included the following:
SHED 2: Chrysler, Ally, Art Van Brand Activations; Alex Schweder’s “The Hotel Rehersal, Designer Lane and Food Trucks
SHED 3: AIA 2016 Celebration of Architecture
SHED 4: Marketplace and food trucks
SHED 5: Detroit Design Ball
WASSERMAN PROJECTS: opening reception for Koen Vanmechelen: ENERGY/MASS
EASTERNMARKET FOOTPRINT: Murals in the Market
In honor of Detroit’s recent UNESCO City of Design designation, this year’s festival was focused on Designing Detroit’s Future and was programmed by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center.
We had a wondeful time walking through the exhibits and browsing the many vendor booths. I even encountered an old friend Ziam, a performance artist, photographer, fashion designer and the creator/star of “Liquid Silver” a fashion, poetry, music and dance performance art extravaganza. We eneded our adventure at the Savvy Chic Boutique and Cafe. We got a bit of exercise, I had lots of fun hanging out with my good friend and I look forward to going back next year.
At the end of August, Singapore reported 41 new cases of the Zika virus. Amidst rumors that the country has developed its own strain of the virus, the National Environment Agency (NEA) is now increasingly monitoring residents in hot areas to check for further outbreaks. In response, residents are panic buying mosquito repellant and, according to Channel News Asia, sales have spiked across the country with many pharmacies and stores completely running out of stock. Offering a solution is the Yu Ahn Collection, a new line of jewelry containing citronella and designed to protect its wearers from being bitten by mosquitoes.
Launched by jewelry brand, By Invite Only, the collection comprises a bracelet and two necklaces with refillable pendants that contain citronella cartridges or beads. Citronella is a non-toxic essential oil used in mosquito repellents and is said to be effective against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads dengue fever and carries the Zika virus. The cartridges last up to 7 days and refills can be purchased for USD 4.90.
Jade, a semi-precious stone, is the Chinese traditional symbol of protection against evil and bad luck. The Yu Ahn Collection offers a play on this concept, the citronella pendants are green and are paired with Burmese jade. Founder Trixie Khong explains the impulse behind the innovation, “We realized that people don’t want to bring around mosquito repellent all the time, even though mosquito-born diseases are a problem in Singapore. So as a jewelry designer, we decided to combine the concept of safety with fashion.”
Recently, Springwise looked at a jewelry line for adults that doubles as a teething toy for toddlers to chew on and other decorative wearables. How else can traditional luxury items be updated for increased functionality?
Source | http://www.springwise.com/
Architect Fernando Romero has unveiled plans for a bi-national city spanning the US-Mexico border, amid Donald Trump’s calls for a wall to be built between the two countries.
Romero’s Border City presents a Utopian vision for a city with dual nationality, where people and goods could move more freely across the US-Mexico border. Read more here.
Source | http://www.dezeen.com/
The Boosted board is an amazing riding experience with a powerful electric motor, easy wireless control and smooth braking. The 2nd generation board delivers key upgrades, including an extended range battery pack, water resistant electronics and advanced connectivity. The Boosted board still has everything you love, including the bamboo deck by Loaded , a high torque drive-train and industry leading customer support.
A team of scientists have developed a plastic textile that could be used to manufacture clothing, and cool people who wear it. While many breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics are available, the new nanoporous fabric, dubbed nanoPE, adds a second dimension of cooling because it uses polyethylene, which unlike other materials, allows the body’s infrared radiation to pass through. Polyethylene is the material commonly used in plastic wrap. Read more here.
The Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy (CATTA) based in Detroit Michigan has been transforming the lives of boys and young men since 2008 (Videos Below). Our mission is to create a generation of men who are physically conscious and spiritually strong enough to navigate through the pressures of this world without succumbing to their emotions. We are able to accomplish this mission through the comprehensive physical, mental and emotional stability training system of Mūsar Rū, which translates “Discipline of the Spirit”. Through Mūsar Rū, boys and young men are introduced to the root of their unresolved anger, ADHD symptoms, anxieties and fears, while being taught how to introspectively confront and conquer them daily with composure.
Just recently two of our awe-inspiring videos that were posted on our Facebook page went viral totaling over 3 million views. Our phones are still to this day ringing with an outpouring of support and encouragement! Due to the demand for replication of the CATTA, many donors suggested that we start a GoFundMe campaign so that they could help crowdfund the remaining financial resources needed to replicate the CATTA nationwide
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