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 around the Eastern Market district.
The 2016 featured events included the following:
SHED 2: Chrysler, Ally, Art Van Brand Activations; Alex Schweder’s “The Hotel Rehearsal, 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 wonderful 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 ended our adventure at the Savvy Chic Boutique and Cafe. We got a bit of exercise, I had lots of fun hanging out with my sister-friend and I look forward to going back next year.