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Monday, 26 September, 2011 8:21 PM
Detroit Design Festival: Art, Fashion and Design Shine in Mid-town
Quicken Loans and Fathead Partner with dc3
-- “It’s great to have companies in our
own backyard who understand the important role creative people
play in the future of Detroit’s rebirth,” said Matt
Clayson, director, Detroit Creative Corridor Center. Clayson
was referring to the marketing partnerships incorporated for
the first Detroit Design Festival. Presented by the Detroit
Creative Corridor Center and Quicken Loans, over 80 events and
kick-offs were scheduled.
The Quicken Loans’ sponsorship of DDF allowed mini-grants for local designers and creative professionals. A sister company of Quicken Loans, Fathead, LLC, also supported the Detroit Design Festival. The Fathead decorative decal, created by dc3- Ventures was placed on the sidewalks in front of the sites hosting ‘design happenings.’ The presenters wanted to foster networking and show the commercial possibilities in the Detroit Creative Corridor and the Wayne State Tech-Town both near the New Center areas.
One of the most innovative scenes was at the old Dagleish Cadillac building on Woodward Avenue. Just in time for a Halloween warm-up there was a creature-feature walk. Now called the Quark Gallery at 6161 Woodward Avenue, there were animal costumed characters mingling in the parking lot. It was imaginative, inter-active and very popular. Titled “D’s Creatures,” it combined many inventive genres of art, just what the DDF was hoping for.
CCS art instructor William Tyrrell put together a cast of artists to make and perform in oversized and structural animal outfits. Tilted D’s Creatures, Tyrrell had the help of glass artist Matt Catt. Catt, also a CCS instructor said, “We worked all night to get this ready and it has been a labor of creative teamwork.” Tyrrell’s passion and networking got others to join the cast of art ambassadors including John Rizzo, Manal Kadry, Sean Hages, Anita Bates and Ayaka Hibino. Also lending their efforts were artists William Menzo, Katie Bramlage and Marko Pavlovski.
who is accomplished in many industrial art mediums also, incorporated
a fashion show as part of the presentation, choreographed by
Fotoula Lambros. “We had a team working to make the runway
and it turned out major league,” he added. The welding
and construction surrounding the runway and surrounding displays
drew much attention. D’s Creatures as an exhibit was growing
and morphing. It was participation art, and had an urban-chic
The creative art and aviation story-boards from the collegiate teams were worth the look. Attendee and eastside Detroit ambassador, Janina Parrott-Jacobs, was highly impressed, “Look at this energy; this is so great for Detroit.”
Two art locations that stood out were the Red Door Gallery and the Quark Gallery on Woodward Avenue. The first had an impressive display from native Detroiter Cedric Poole and the later had a one women show by Suzanne Paridee, titled “Second Life.”
The Henry Ford Museum offered an outdoor video presentation of famous design icons, Carroll Shelby, William McDonough, Toshiko Mori and Don Chadwick. Another home-run was the “Eat-Sleep-Draw” presentation at the Red Door Gallery at 7500 Oakland Street. The platform and journey of starving artists who simply eat, sleep and draw every day of their lives was highlighted.
weekend presentation at the WSU Hilberry Theater will continue
in repertory. The production of “A Day in Hollywood-A
Night in the Ukraine is riotous.” It has songs, humor
and the usual cast of zany characters. The costumes alone are
worthy for viewing attendance, it is a visual time machine.
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