Detroit | Motown Museum Expansion



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Detroit Design Festival 2016 | Eastern Market After Dark


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


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.

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Energy Generating Fabric

Georgia Institute of Technology Develops Energy Harvesting Textile

georgia-tech-solar-kinetic-powered-fabric-us-1Fabrics that can generate electricity from physical movement have been in the works for a few years. Now researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have taken the next step, developing a fabric that can simultaneously harvest energy from both sunshine and motion.

Combining two types of electricity generation into one textile paves the way for developing garments that could provide their own source of energy to power devices such as smart phones or global positioning systems.

“This hybrid power textile presents a novel solution to charging devices in the field from something as simple as the wind blowing on a sunny day,” said Zhong Lin Wang, a Regents professor in the Georgia Tech School of Materials Science and Engineering.

To make the fabric, Wang’s team used a commercial textile machine to weave together solar cells constructed from lightweight polymer fibers with fiber-based triboelectric nanogenerators.

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Triboelectric nanogenerators use a combination of the triboelectric effect and electrostatic induction to generate small amount of electrical power from mechanical motion such as rotation, sliding or vibration. The research was reported September 12 in the Nature Energy.

Wang envisions that the new fabric, which is 320 micrometers thick woven together with strands of wool, could be integrated into tents, curtains or wearable garments. “The fabric is highly flexible, breathable, light weight and adaptable to a range of uses,” Wang said.

Fiber-based triboelectric nanogenerators capture the energy created when certain materials become… Read More Here.

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Yu Ahn | Zika Protection Jewelry

Anti Zika Jewelry In Singapore


Jewelry brand, By Invite Only, has launched a range of jewelry with refillable citronella cartridges designed to protect the wearer against Zika carrying mosquitoes.

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?


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Gravity Sketch 3D Drawing Pad

Gravity Sketch makes 3D computer drawing as “natural and intuitive as sketching with paper” from Dezeen on Vimeo.

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Fernando Romero | Border City

Romero Presents Bi-national City At London Design Biennale 2016

BORDER CITY AT LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE from FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise on Vimeo.

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.


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Kailu Guan | Augmented Reality Fashion

KG Projects from Kailu Guan on Vimeo.

Digital Imagery Overlay Fashions Presented At NYC Textile Month

Parsons School of Design graduate Kailu Guan has created a range of garments that present three-dimensional shapes and moving patterns when viewed on a digital device.

Designed under the moniker KG Projects, the collection uses augmented reality – overlaying digital imagery onto the real world – to produce extra effects across the clothing on screen. Read more here.

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Boosted Boards | Electric Skateboards

Second Generation Boosted Boards

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.

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nanoPE | Cooling Plastic Textile

A team of Stanford scientists believe nanoPE could ease our reliance on expensive cooling systems used in buildings


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.

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The Cave Of Adullam | Detroit

Saving Our Boys | Sharath Jason Wilson

From GoFundMe Page:

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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