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Mildred Baldwin: Distinctive Bags

Mildred Baldwin is an accomplished fiber artist, painter and photographer. Born in Conway, South Carolina to a minister-Father and a professional seamstress-Mother, she is the 10th born of 15 children, and the sixth of nine sisters. Mildred realized her love of art at an early age. Her first art supplies were found objects, then pencil, pen & ink, and paint. She also was taught to sew, and on Sundays she and her sisters were allowed to play with their best dolls and would make clothes for them. Thus, her passion for sewing was born.

Mildred states, “My inspiration to create handbags comes from growing up in a home where I was surrounded by all kinds of fabrics, however I was attracted to the upholstery and tapestries, the carpetbags, old stuffed velvet and leather antique chairs with fine woodcarvings. I’d watch my mother sew on her Singer sewing machine and was struck with awe of her talent of making clothes and household items like curtains, bedspreads, and slipcovers.”

Mildred first began making bags at the age of 15 when she worked after school in a leather shop in Wilmington, NC.  For the last fifteen years, she has refined her craft and enhanced her designs of one of a kind bags and totes. Mildred’s bags are expressions of her love of design, textiles, fine leather, and African fabrics. Materials like burlap, hemp, muslin, canvas, linen, Kente cloth, mudcloth, and Kuba cloth are some of the essential materials she uses when constructing a bag. She prides herself on impeccable craftsmanship.

Ms. Baldwin is a studio photographer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Smithsonian Institution), is the recipient of numerous arts awards and honors, has exhibited her work extensively, and was featured in the book Gumbo Ya Ya: Anthology of Contemporary African American Women Artists. We are honored to welcome her to Detroit Fiber Works.

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Third Thursday Artist Talks: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Detroit Life Photographers

This exhibit of photography by Detroit photographers explores “Detroit Life“. Ten photographers  present works ranging from black & white to hand-tinted, landscapes to celebrity shots. Please join us for an uplifting view of our city and its people. Through May 31, 2015.

On Thursday, May 21, several of the photographers whose work is in this exhibit will join us to discuss their philosophies and techniques. Please join us.

Confirmed: Barbara Barefield, Terrance A. Keith, John Osler, Amy Gillespie, Ifoma Stubbs

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ITES INTERNATIONAL Trunk Show - Memorial Day Weekend

Coming May 22, 23 & 24, 2015!

Ites International: Natural Clothing for Intelligent Life

Featuring Fashions by Millie "Sequoia" David

Millie 'Sequoia" David delivers styles that are timeless, classic and unique using natural fibers such as cotton, silk, linen, hemp and leather, combined with authentic indigenous textiles such as mudcloth, Kuba, Khorogo and Kente from Africa. 

Caribbean born, and raised in New York, Sequoia studied Fashion Buying and Merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Her first collection of futuristic sportswear and club wear received rave reviews and was featured at Henri Bendels and Bloomingdales.

As Sequoia’s interests and influences changed, so did her fashions, eventually leading her to Jamaica to design costumes for Jimmy Cliff and his band. In Jamaica, her exposure to Reggae, Rastafari and African culture inspired her to launch the Ites International label. She trained local women to cut, sew and finish one-of-a-kind looks mostly from leather and suede that were sought after by Reggae superstars and local devotees.

Sequoia built a client base in many major cities, including New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Miami and Toronto, eventually settling in Atlanta. You may have seen her wares at the African World Festival in Detroit in the Nineties. After a 15 year hiatus, during which she raised three outstanding offspring, Sequoia and Ites International are back!

In addition to being a masterful clothing designer, Sequoia is a certified Qigong instructor and Happiness Advocate. With the new artistic awakening that is transpiring worldwide, she has picked a perfect time to re-introduce Ites International's “Natural Clothing for Intelligent Life”.

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Detroit Life: A Photography Exhibit

This exhibit of photography by Detroit photographers explores “Detroit Life “. Ten photographers  present works ranging from black & white to hand-tinted, landscapes to celebrity shots. Please join us for an uplifting view of our city and its people. Through July 25, 2015.

about the photographers

IFOMA stubbs

Ifoma (pronounced EE-Foo-Mah) (Cornell ) Stubbs has been known in the Detroit area primary for his photography and photographic art, which has been shown at local galleries, fairs and art exhibitions over the past 25 years.  Ifoma also worked with the City of Detroit as a photographer during the Archer and Kilpatrick administrations. His noted photographic Marcus Garvey Centennial documentary exhibited at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African History and Dusable Museum in Chicago.  He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions which has included The African World Festival, The University Arts festival and the Comerica TasteFest to name a few.  His photographs have been published in Black Enterprise magazine, Ebony, The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, Michigan Chronicle, Michigan Citizen, MetroTimes and other publications.

Akilah Williams

Akilah started taking pictures of the world around her at a very young age. She received her first camera from her father in elementary school and this small gift turned into a lifelong career. Her true potential and talent emerged while still in high school.  Akilah first exhibited her work in the Detroit Public Schools Student Art Exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2006 and 2007, and this experience launched her into the world of fine art. She attended the University of Michigan School of Art and Design and graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science. In the fall of 2012 she went on to attend the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. How did she go from art school to medical school you ask? It's simple. The camera is modeled after the eye. Akilah loves photography and science so why not combine the two fields? Presently she continues to learn, develop and refine her craft today as a fine art photographer and as an ophthalmic photographer.

john osler

"I was born in Detroit surrounded by art. I was the son of an illustrator and an art teacher. Educated as an engineer, I left the field and grabbed my chance to be in commercial art. It was a great period to be in advertising in Detroit. I had a chance to work with world-class illustrators and photographers for 35 years before I quit my career in order to paint.

 For the last twenty some years I have enjoyed the freedom to spend time with my subjects until they have taken life on my canvas. In my travels I am never without a camera. Photography was always part of my life since my father let me use his darkroom. It still is.

 I have published a book of photographs of Detroit’s jazz musicians. DETROIT JAZZ was published in 2013."

idris nia

Idris Nia is a photojournalist whose work has appeared in such publications as Washington Post, Metro Times, and Real Detroit. He is a graduate of the Howard University School of Communications and Michigan Technological University Graduate School of Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

His skill of photography coupled with his love of music and culture has resulted in many album covers, publicity photos, and performance shots, particularly in the jazz and reggae genres. Being based in Detroit has given him intimate access over 35 years to the local scene.

terrance ashworth keith

Terrance Ashworth Keith is Detroit born, bred and educated and a proud graduate of University of Michigan and University of Detroit Law School. However, his passion is photography. He describes himself as self taught and has been perfecting his craft for the last twenty-five years. While many believe that Michigan is a wonderland because of the beautiful lakes, Terrance has always believed that it is the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets that set the
background for all that is heralded about the Great Lake State. He hopes that the beauty of
the Detroit River and Michigan shines through to you as well.

charlene uresy

All of her life, African-Cuban-American artist Charlene Uresy, has been inspired and impelled by colors, shapes, music and food.  These basic elements are fundamental to her art and approach to life.  For over twenty years, the simplicity of traditional art has driven her creativity.  Enjoy her work.  It's the product of a dynamic artist,a skilled photographer, a sensitive person, who employs traditional elements of a culture to bring new meaning and enjoyment to today's world.

amy gillespie

Amy Gillespie is a lifestyle and commercial photographer. Her passion for photography and art started at a very young age. She studied Visual Communications at The Art Institute of Seattle, then continued her education earning a Bachelors of Science in Marketing and an MBA. She pursued a corporate career, working in sales and marketing for a little over a decade before realizing the corporate world couldn’t possibly provide the artistic outlet she desired. She started her own photography business five years ago, and she hasn’t looked back.

Amy’s style and asthetic is clean and contemporary with a twist of humor. She loves nothing more than creating images that make people smile, laugh or become inspired. Her favorite subjects to photograph are people, places and things. She has an innate love of travel, to cities as well as remote locations. The first city she started photographing was Detroit. Her love of the city continues to grow and change as the city continues to evolve. You can read more about her and see her work at: www.amygillespiephotography.com

Leni Sinclair

Born and raised in the former East Germany, Leni Sinclair arrived in the United States in 1959 and settled in Detroit. While studying geography at Wayne State University in the early 1960s, she helped organize the Detroit Artists Workshop and began documenting the cultural and political history of the era with her camera.  She soon discovered the thriving Detroit jazz clubs and by mid-decade, she also found herself amidst an explosive “Michigan Rock” scene, working with emerging artists such as the MC5, Iggy and the Stooges, and Bob Seger while also serving as part of the lighting crew at the legendary Grande Ballroom. Leni possesses a genuinely iconic collection of photographs documenting the political and cultural transformations taking place in Detroit and Ann Arbor from 1965-1975.

 Her intense love for music has led Leni to photograph literally thousands of musicians over the subsequent decades, covering jazz, blues, rock, reggae, African music and more. Her photographs have appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, and on album and CD covers, both in the U.S. and internationally. In 1984, with author and jazz historian Herb Boyd, she published the Detroit Jazz Who’s Who that features nearly 400 photographs of Detroit-based musicians. In 1995, she moved to New Orleans where she documented hundreds of musicians, Mardi Gras Indians, street parades, and music festivals, including the celebrated New Orleans Jazz Festivals before returning to Detroit in 2000.

 In 2009, Leni had her first major museum exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, and in 2012, she and Gary Grimshaw co-authored and published Detroit Rocks! A Pictorial History of Motor City Rock and Roll, 1965 to 1975.  From Coltrane and Sun Ra to Howlin’ Wolf, Hendrix, and Aretha Franklin, Leni Sinclair’s images present not merely five decades of music photography, but an essential portrait of American culture.

barbara barefield

Barbara Weinberg Barefield’s photography spans a 40-year journey in Detroit and immersion into the lives of many of widely-acclaimed stars of jazz, classical and world music. Side-by-side with her husband, composer/guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, she has helped to present hundreds of concerts at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Jazz Festival, Palmer Woods Music in Homes, and worldwide, all the while with her camera at hand. 

A former New Yorker, her work has been widely exhibited and published in her book “Jazz Space Detroit,” a collaboration with writer Her Boyd, and supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts. While art director at the Detroit Free Press, she was mentored by Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Tony Spina, who taught her the mastering of hand-tinting photos. Her photos have appeared on record and CD covers, and in many publications, including The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, MetroTimes, LA Times, People magazine, and others. 

Also a sculptor, her ceramic artwork has been included in juried shows at the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum, and at the Michigan Ceramic Art Association exhibit at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. A graduate of the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Design, Barefield is the former Art Director for the Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine and for the United Auto Workers Solidarity magazine. A community activist, she has shared her photos to promote the city of Detroit, her Palmer Park area neighborhood, and numerous peace and social justice organizations.

 

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Adrienne Lockett Returns!

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We are excited to welcome back Adrienne Lockett, with her extraordinary treasures.

Adrienne Lockett has been creating one-of-a-kind and limited production jewelry for the past 20 years.

Her line has evolved over the years to include both beaded jewelry made from both old and new glass beads and semi-precious stones; and one of a kind pieces of sterling silver and brass. Unmatched and asymmetrical earring pairs are a trademark of her work.

Much of her inspiration comes from a lifelong love of viewing jewelry collections in museums. Her work has been described as having an ancient opulence and ethnic vibe.

Preview: Friday, March 27   5-9PM

Trunk Show: Saturday, March 28   11AM-7PM

& Sunday, March 29   Noon-5PM

 

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Detroit Fiber Works Pops Up at Shinola

Thanks to a partnership between Shinola and Build Institute, Detroit Fiber Works is "popping up" at Shinola on Sunday, January 25 from 11AM until 5PM. Mandisa Smith, co-owner of Detroit Fiber Works is a graduate of the Build entrepreneurial training program. For information on Build Institute programs, go to www.buildinstitute.org.

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Saturday Morning Tai Chi

TAI CHI & MORE

EVERY Saturday, beginning January 10, 9AM-10AM

We are SO excited! Every Saturday, beginning on January 10, 2015, we will host Tai Chi and MORE with a most skillful, generous and peaceful instructor, Mr. Ted Cash. If you are looking for a relaxing exercise that has numerous benefits for both mind and body, join us. Start your Saturday gently.

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LIP BAR LIPSTICKS

"It is our mission to challenge the current standard of beauty by creating a lipstick experience that is unsurpassed in craftsmanship, quality and color. "

"It is our mission to challenge the current standard of beauty by creating a lipstick experience that is unsurpassed in craftsmanship, quality and color. "

LIP BAR Lipsticks Trunk Show: Saturday, December 27, 1-5PM

Come and meet Detroit's own Melissa Butler, creator and owner of The Lip Bar. Try on new colors for the New Year!

LIP BAR lipsticks are designed to moisturize, soften and amplify lips all while setting you apart with intoxicatingly bold colors. Handcrafted with a unique blend of natural ingredients such as vitamin E, shea butter and avocado oil, the bold colors glide on and stay put all night long.

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On This Rock Jewelry by Janet Hill Talbert

ON THIS ROCK TRUNK SHOW SCHEDULE

Friday, December 19: Holiday Reception & Sneak Preview   5-9PM  Refreshments will be Served

Saturday, December 20: 11AM - 7PM

Sunday, December 21: Noon - 5PM

ABOUT JANET HILL TALBERT & ON THIS ROCK JEWELRY

Janet Hill Talbert has deep roots in Detroit. Currently living and working in New York City, she is the proprietor and maker of On This Rock Jewelry. Her designs are inspired by her love of words and The Word. Each piece is designed to inspire, encourage and empower the wearer.

These hand crafted, original works are made using the lost wax casting method, carved first in wax and then molded in sterling, brass, bronze (and  gold by special order). Each piece is hand crafted and no two are exactly the same. The styles are created in limited editions providing the wearer with a truly unique piece of "statement jewelry".

The cuff bracelet is Janet’s favorite type of jewelry and her 23rd Psalm sterling silver cuff was featured as a “Favorite Thing” on TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Her creations have also been worn by Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Cece Winans and Natalie Cole. Prices range from $50 to $750 and ship in 2 to 4 weeks. Custom pieces are priced individually. All jewelry is made with love in NYC.

www.onthisrocknyc.com

Contact via email: janet @onthisrocknyc.com

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BOOK SIGNING & CONVERSATION WITH TERRANCE KEITH, AUTHOR OF SUNRISE ON THE DETROIT RIVER

Terrance Ashworth Keith is Detroit born, bred
and educated and a proud graduate of University
of Michigan and University of Detroit Law
School. However, his passion is photography.
He describes himself as self taught and has been
perfecting his craft for the last twenty-five
years. While many believe that Michigan is a
wonderland because of the beautiful lakes,
Terrance has always believed that it is the
breathtaking sunrises and sunsets that set the
background for all that is heralded about the
Great Lake State. He hopes that the beauty of
the Detroit River and Michigan shines through
to you as well.
 

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THE JIMI KING COLLECTION: Fly Everything

Coming to Detroit Fiber Works:

Saturday, December 6     11AM-7PM

Sunday, December 7        Noon-5PM

Jimi King's clothing is absolutely beautiful. King, a native Nigerian, who now lives in Atlanta, is a third generation textile designer. He also studied fashion and textile design in London.  He spends a lot of his time traveling the world in search of unique fabrics that he can incorporate into his designs. His artistic techniques range from batik to tie dyeing to hand printing and silk screening. He also uses a variety of fabrics such as Dupioni silk, cotton, spandex and traditional African fabrics. When you buy clothing from Jimi King you know you are getting a handcrafted one of a kind work of wearable art.
 

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to visit your local small businesses on The Avenue of Fashion, including Detroit Fiber Works.  We'll be open from 9AM until 8PM, with Small Business Saturday goodies to share.  Please stop by!

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Christina Haugh: Beyond Black & White

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The Exhibition

Christina Haugh's colorful abstracts will be shown at Detroit Fiber Works from November 5 through November 30, 2014.  Please join us for an Artist's Reception on Friday, November 7 from 6-9PM.

Artist Statement:

"We need to go beyond black and white - the world is full of color and excitement. We need color to stimulate our creativity and reach a deeper sense of soulful expectation, so that we can escape into a different dimension, enriching our cultural experience."

About the Artist:

Christina's abstract paintings are inspired by the beauty of nature. As a colorist, her medium is acrylics, which capture the dynamic brilliance of color portrayed in her work.  Her work has been shown in galleries and juried exhibitions throughout Michigan.

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L.I.P.S. Hats by Ella Isaac

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 11AM-7PM

Sunday, October 19, 2014, Noon-5PM

About

Living In Perfect Style (L.I.P.S.) is a company that creates a range of seasonal hats for women and men who are unique in spirit, progressive in thought and fearless in his or her individual expression of style. All hats are hand-made with an emphasis on quality and longevity. L.I.P.S.’ mission to always be unique is dedicated to the style pioneers who dare to be different, think from the heart and express fearlessly.

The Process

All hats are produced in Philadelphia under the direction of owner/designer Ella Isaac using both traditional and innovative millinery techniques. Fabrics are chosen for their tactile and malleable qualities. Design involves a mix of creative thought given to both color and texture with a very organic approach. Rather than drawings, Ella uses the feel of the cloth and the vibrant hue of the raw or dyed material to lend itself to the aesthetic design of each hat. She also keeps in mind the wearability of each style, wanting it to be a favorite among your accessories and a joy to wear, year after year.

The Designer

Originally from England, Ella Isaac is an accomplished and award winning hat designer who began her hat making career in London under the tutelage of Gabriela Ligenza. While living in New York, Ella set the trend for a new style of hat design by creating a playful and stylishly urban line of hats not just relegated to formal occasions. For over a decade she continued to raise the bar and innovate the American hat industry, producing eagerly awaited new shapes and new techniques from her own store in Philadelphia. Since its initial creation, the label L.I.P.S. has continued to evolve into a distinguishable and very individual brand, and Ella continues to nurture it’s expansion with a detailed eye.

“Ella is a quiet force with a visionary perception of life which she applies to her design esthetic. To her every moment is a potential drop of inspiration. She designs hats with the modern, sophisticated hat wearer in mind, giving them accessories that can transcend the ordinary.”

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"Quilted Women" by April Anue


Billie Holiday by April Anue

Billie Holiday by April Anue

Artist Reception, Saturday, October 11, 6-9PM

Third Thursday Artist Talk, October 16, 6-9PM (Talk at 6:30PM)

April Anue is a quilt maker whose work often embodies spiritual and historical significance.  The “Quilted Women” who are the subject of the exhibit (October 2-November 1, 2014) at Detroit Fiber Works, are primarily African-American icons of music, including Bessie Smith, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and Etta James, to name a few.  Each piece is painstakingly appliquéd by Ms. Anue, using boldly colorful fabrics.

In addition to “Quilted Women”, also on display is Ms. Anue’s breathtaking work of art, “Strange Fruit”.  This massive ten-foot by ten-foot work of fiber art lists, in embroidery, the names of people who were lynched in the United States from 1865 through 1965.  This work evokes strong emotional responses and sobering conversations.


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Ethiopian Flavor: Jewelry & Fashions by Genet Asnake

Each tiny little bead is individually strung by Genet in precise patterns.

Each tiny little bead is individually strung by Genet

in precise patterns.

Genet Asnake, a native of Ethiopia now living and working in South Africa, is currently on a four-month tour of the United States.  We are delighted to have the opportunity to show her beautifully embroidered dresses along with her intricately beaded jewelry.  Join us on Saturday, October 411-7 and on Sunday, Noon-5PM

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THIRD THURSDAY: Saffell Gardner & Charlene Uresy: Abstractions

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M. Saffell Gardner - Artist’s Bio
M. Saffell Gardner holds BFA and MFA degrees in painting from Wayne State University. A master painter, mixed media artist, muralist, performance artist, printmaker, art historian, curator, lecturer and educator, he has taught at private colleges and community colleges. Mr. Gardner is the recipient of a Regional Artists Project Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has participated in arts mentoring programs in local public schools. Mr. Gardner was invited to participate in “The Venice Biennale 2013” as a part of the Benetton Collection. Mr. Gardner was selected as a semi-finalist, in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series competition in Detroit. Saffell co-curated “Vision in a Cornfield” for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. In 2000, Mr. Gardner was selected as the Chivas Regal Artist in
Residence at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, during which time he developed a solo art exhibit entitled “Recent Memory”. A commissioned painting “Door of No Return” is in the museum’s permanent collection as a result of the residency. Also, Saffell’s paintings are in the collection of Dr. Robert Perkins, Dr. Alex Pickens Jr. Recent commissions include a painted receptacle for Detroit’s “Pretty City” project as well as major commissions for the City of Detroit and the Detroit Public Schools. Mr. Gardner’s work is in the permanent collection of The Henry Ford Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield, DMC, Total Healthcare, The Federal Reserve Chicago, Cobo Center in Detroit, Cass Technical High School, Renaissance High School and Southeastern High School and Detroit School of the Arts. He has exhibited throughout the United States, Jamaica, Brazil and Ghana, Africa.

M. Saffell Gardner - Artist Statement
My father once told me that when I painted I put part of my spirit into that artwork. Although now, my work encompasses multi-media elements, I believe this is still true. The visionary and improvisational element of my work is truly from my spirit. It is abstract, influenced by Afro-Futurism, Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting. Color is spontaneous in it’s brightness or lesser brilliance as to how I feel. I have created several concurrent and overlapping series of paintings over the last several years using dry pigment mixed in with chemical formulas and applied to canvas, paper and wood. I have experimented with video to create a moving space through imagery and overlaying several digital images creating space and projecting those images. The expressive motion revealed in my work shows where the
ancestors come in, the way they made James Brown, Michael Jackson, express themselves in movement.

The ancestors play a big part of my experience as an artist. To open my mind I listen to R & B and avant - garde jazz musicians such as Sun Ra, Anthony Braxton, David Murray and Ornette Coleman. Listening to jazz music in my studio helps me to connect with creative energy. The creative energy I am speaking of is when you are alone in your studio for eight hours or more. The creative mind takes over and you make work that you had not planned on making. Being able to accept the aloneness in your space allows you to accept the pure creative vision. The overall alone-ness in your space allows you to connect and accept your creative mind, and that has some element of fear. The fear that I speak of is that of the creative person being driven relentlessly and not knowing if they will be accepted, on any level, or by anyone.

 

Charlene Uresy- Artist's Bio: All of her life, African-Cuban-American artist Charlene Uresy, has been inspired and impelled by colors, shapes, music and food.  These basic elements are fundamental to her art and approach to life.  Her painted furniture reflects her traditionalist approach to art.  For over twenty years, the simplicity of traditional art has driven her creativity.  Enjoy her work.  It's the product of a dynamic artist,a skilled photographer, a sensitive person, who employs traditional elements of a culture to bring new meaning and enjoyment to today's world.

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THIRD THURSDAY: John Osler-Not Just Jazz

 

Third Thursday, August 21, will feature a Gallery Talk with John Osler at Detroit Fiber Works at 7 PM.

John Osler, is a Detroit artist of immense talent.  His black and white photography is featured in the recently published book, Detroit Jazz.  He is also a gifted painter whose work includes the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival poster.  Osler’s paintings and photography will be on exhibit at Detroit Fiber Works on The Avenue of Fashion in Northwest Detroit through August 30, 2014.  Signed copies of Detroit Jazz will also be available for purchase.

While Osler’s jazz-focused photography and paintings are beautifully executed, his subject matter extends far beyond the theme of jazz performers.  His portraits of ordinary people, both in paint and photographs, are sensitively rendered and capture the essence of each person.  He also paints and photographs picturesque landscapes which make the viewer yearn to be in that place, wherever it might be. 

About Detroit Fiber Works:

Open since September 2013, Detroit Fiber Works features handmade, unique wearables and home accessories, and exhibits the work of local artists, with a new exhibition monthly.  Detroit Fiber Works also periodically hosts national and international artists.  The gallery/boutique is located at 19359 Livernois, just south of Outer Drive. 

HOURS:  Wednesday through Saturday, 11AM-7PM, open late on Third Thursdays until 9PM, with added hours for special events.

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MAUNE STEPHANIE DESIGNS-One Weekend Only

Maune Stephanie will bring her latest designs to Detroit Fiber Works on the weekend of September 26, 27 and 28, 2014.  A preview will be held on Friday, August 15 from 6-9PM.  Saturday hours are 11AM-7PM, and Sunday, Noon until 5PM.

Maune Stephanie’s clientele marvel at her one-of-a- kind leather wearable art pieces. A self-taught artist who creates unique leather handbags and accessories, Maune Stephanie began designing for herself and her friends while still in high school.  She travels coast to coast as a featured artist in some of the top U.S. art festivals.  

My leather work is organic - it's "GREEN". I break down and recycle every cut of leather and turn it into some form of art. No piece is duplicated. Individuality and unique design is the basis of my work."

Maune Stephanie brought her first line of leather handbags and accessories to Detroit several years ago. "SKIN TIGHT" was well received because of the spectrum of style in Detroit. Maune Stephanie says, "Detroiters embrace FUNKY fashion and wearable art.  Detroit is an artist’s infinite dream of creative combustion."

Open since September 2013, Detroit Fiber Works features handmade, unique wearables and home accessories, and exhibits the work of local artists, with a new exhibition monthly.  Detroit Fiber Works also periodically hosts national and international artists. 

The gallery/boutique is located at 19359 Livernois, just south of Outer Drive.  The current exhibition features paintings and photography by John Osler, creator of the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival poster and the recently published photo book "Detroit Jazz.".

HOURS:  Wednesday through Saturday, 11AM-7PM, open late on Third Thursdays until 9PM, with added hours for special events.

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JAZZ ON THE AVE - Saturday, August 2, 2014

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John Osler, is a Detroit artist of immense talent.  His black and white photography is featured in the recently published book, Detroit Jazz.  He is also a gifted painter whose work includes the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival poster.  Osler’s paintings and photography will be on exhibit at Detroit Fiber Works on The Avenue of Fashion in Northwest Detroit during the month of August, 2014

The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival poster will be available for pre-order, with all poster sale proceeds going to support the festival. Signed copies of Detroit Jazz will also be available for sale.

The show opens on Friday, August 1 through Saturday, August 30, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 2 from 6-9PM during the 6th annual Avenue of Fashion festival, JAZZ ON THE AVE.  From 5-8PM, Detroit saxophonist Rasul Ali-Shaakir will perform live at Detroit Fiber Works.  JAZZ ON THE AVE is a registered Arise Detroit Neighborhoods Day event which will include musical performances, children’s activities, and more. 

 Third Thursday, August 21, will feature a Gallery Talk with Mr. Osler at 7 PM.

Open since September 2013, Detroit Fiber Works features handmade, unique wearables and home accessories, and exhibits the work of local artists, with a new exhibition monthly.  Detroit Fiber Works also periodically hosts national and international artists.  The gallery/boutique is located at 19359 Livernois, just south of Outer Drive. 

HOURS:  Wednesday through Saturday, 11AM-7PM, open late on Third Thursdays until 9PM, with added hours for special events.

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