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BeyTribe Ornaments: Handmade Fantasies by Sadiq Bey


Detroiter Sadiq Bey, rekindles his former self in an old occupation, artwear maker, after coming home from a 12 year stint in Europe (Italy, Germany) as writer/performer, teacher. He enjoyed a lucrative metalsmithing enterprise during the 70’s and 80’s, with clients across the country.

Although better known for poetry and music, Sadiq is remembering a way to create beauty you can touch through “ornamentation” rather than jewelry making. He suggests that the poem is not always in words, but rather, materializes as adornment as well.

More akin to expression, as in poetry, than a fashion statement, is what he hopes comes to the viewer. 

A year of dedicated creativity in the studio has produced hundreds of earrings, bracelets and neck pieces with the Neo-baroque motif to architectural influences. 

“when I can envision a woman adorned in a certain piece and hours later hold it in my hand…I call that alchemy. In this case, the poem writes itself.” 

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Earlier Event: October 13
Second Saturday Artist Talk
Later Event: November 10
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