Category Archives: Artist

My New Studio

Yes! I have a new studio. It’s relocated from the basement to an upstairs bedroom. It’s easier for me work while Felix is asleep now. I hosted a Lantern Making Workshop recently and am hoping to offer more days of the like in the future. So far, I am loving my new space.

The following picture shows a still life I set up for a few students.

(I made the bronze skeleton while studying at Instituto Allende.)

A drawing I’ve been working on:

And from the Lantern Making Workshop:




Whirlwind Tour de-Troit

Some friends of ours who are artists are considering a move to Detroit and made an impromptu trip up to see the city for the first time. Andrew and I went to school and lived downtown for a few years, but we haven’t spent much time downtown since we moved back here from Delaware 9 months ago. A little overwhelmed with the idea of giving a complete tour of the city on my own,  I called upon a friend who luckily had some time to help me take our visitor on a whirlwind tour of different artist communities in the city. I didn’t get as many photos to share as I would have liked, but we were moving fast.

This Hamtramck installation was done by some visiting artists. (The wood cutout over the window, not the burning.)

We drove passed the Power House Project, which has received quite a bit of press lately.

The Power House Project serves two primary goals:
[1] To develop a model home.
The house, as an architectural experiment, will work as a prototype example or model home for what is possible in the current atmosphere of cheap housing in the city. What does it take to create a truly affordable, secure, sustainable house for under $99,000?
[2] The house is a social art project. (info:phproject)

I had never known about this little block of Farnsworth Street before so was really excited to visit here. There is a vibrant community of people working to restore homes, make art and keep up a wonderful community garden.

I wish I would have put my fingers into the photo to give perspective on this tiny phone.

We quickly drove down Heidleberg Street.

The Heidelberg Project, bearing the name of the street on which it exists, was started in 1986 by Tyree Guyton.

…Guyton began by cleaning up vacant lots on Heidelberg and Elba Streets.  From the refuse they collected, Guyton began to transform the street into a massive art environment. (Heidleberg Project)

and through Brush Park

Homes were built in Brush Park beginning in the 1850s and peaking in the 1870s and 1880s; one of the last homes built was constructed in 1906 by architect Albert Kahn for his personal use. Kahn lived in this home until his death in 1942, after which it was obtained by the Detroit Urban League, which still uses it today.

During the 19th century, around 300 homes were built in Brush Park, including 70 Victorian mansions. However, the neighborhood began to decline in the late 19th and early 20th century, when the advent of streetcars and then automobiles allowed prosperous citizens to live further from downtown. Early residents moved out, notably to up-and-coming neighborhoods such as Indian Village and Boston-Edison, and the neighborhood became less fashionable. During the Great Depression, many of the old mansions were subdivided into apartments, and as demand for housing fell after World War II, the homes were abandoned and fell into disrepair. (wikipedia)

I had completely forgotten about Hamtramck Disney Land, but was so glad when we noticed it poking out of the alley behind Klinger Street.

A retired gentleman named Dmytro Szylak — who came to Hamtramck from the Ukraine right after WWII — created Hamtramck Disneyland. It took him from 1997 or so until 1999 to put it all up. Several of the displays are wired-up and move when he flicks a switch. He also has lights and music wired-up. It’s in the back of an unassuming house on Klinger St. right in the alley. It looks like a carnival for gnomes. [Lenaya Lynch, 04/26/2006] (Roadside America)

We made a stop at CCS and also drove through Russel Industrial, Boston Edison, New Center, North End, Eastern Market, Woodbridge, Corktown, Hubbard Farms, Mexicantown and East English Village. There are a handful of places we didn’t make it too in our short trip…next time!

It was great to tour Detroit and learn more about this city that I love so much. I’m thrilled to think such innovative thinkers and workers may be joining the dynamic community we have here.

field study II

Felix and I were working on some new sketches in the yard the other day when we started making marks with the greenery.

Some collaborative drawings:

package to ponder

Aimee sent this fruitful package to me. More images and background about it can be found here. These are fragments from a body of work that is included in a current solo exhibition of hers. Be sure to check out Aimee’s busy exhibition schedule for this fall and make it out to see her work in person if you happen to be in New York or Florida.

I haven’t decided what I will do will all of these pieces just yet, but have a few ideas coming together.

Migrate & Dally

Migration opened last Friday. Here are a few shots  haphazardly taken during the reception. (I’m still mourning the loss of my DSLR, and making due with this point and shoot camera.)

We stopped by the Dally in the Alley on Saturday, which is always a fun end of summer event. This was Felix’ first Dally. He loved the music!

Dally History
What began as an inner city art fair in 1977 evolved into a performing arts festival when it was moved to its present alley and renamed in 1982 to “DALLY IN THE ALLEY”, the title of a medieval drinking song. Great musical talent, good beer and a remarkable string of fabulous September weather has indelibly marked the alley at Second and Forest in Detroit ’s Cass Corridor as the site of the best music festival in the Midwest .(more history on the Alley)

(poster designed by Mark Arminski.)

Pinchpots for Hungarian Birds

I received a fine little package this week from artist Brandon Boan. He’s just returned from a month of teaching in Hungary. The following, entitled Pinch Pots for Hungarian Birds, was made during his work on a series of thermal drawings which will be showing soon; I’ll be sure to update with details as I get them.

Talking Squid

There is no better way to reduce your carbon footprint than by purchasing both recycled and handmade! One of my favorite Local Artists and Etsy shop owners is Taryn Boyd aka Talking Squid.

Talking Squid is about to launch her new Home Decor Line, just in time to freshen up your digs for fall.

I’m loving this 100% Recycled Tshirt Sphere pillow; it’ll perfect for snuggling on the upcoming brisk autumn evenings.

This soft and luxurious, 100% recycled Cafe Au Lait and White Rug is handmade from discarded t-shirts. It is crafted with hand cut t-shirt strips sewn on a durable cotton jersey t-shirt base. The perfect way to warm up those chilly floors this fall!

Talking Squid says:

“I believe recycled products don’t have to look “recycled.” Detail, functionality, and usefulness are important. Creating fresh, urban & modern designs from 100% recycled t-shirts is my main focus.”

Please check out her Etsy Shop for a sundry of handmade/recycled goods. Oh and you can find Talking Squid in person if you happen to be in Chicago this weekend as she’ll be at the RENEGADE CHICAGO craft show. September 12th and 13th.