DIY street fair shows off local talent

A DIY Street fair took place in Ferndale last weekend. The festival was an art and vendor event that catered to the local creative talents, allowing them to sell and exhibit their work.

The event had many items to offer including jewelry, sculptures and clothing. Local roller derby team, the Detroit Derby Girls were in attendance, while Detroit-based band School of Rock kicked out jams for the crowds.

Theatre Bizarre also set up a promotional area to remind fair-goers of the up and coming gothic-chic gala and ball, which will place in October. The event has been a Metro Detroit favorite for the past eight years, and the public outcry for local goods makes this festival a high demand event, giving local creatives a chance to link up and meet other local artists.

There were plenty of Detroit food favorites served at the event, such as El Guapo and Mac Shack food trucks – normally camped out at the Eastern Market – and scrumptious smelling Detroit BBQ Company to pair with the craft beer in different locations of the fair.

Many of the artists, including popular shops like Rebel Nell, Detroit Hustles Harder booth by Aptemal Clothing and Detroit GT were on the scene, promoting their year-round available merchandise.

For those who didn’t make the event, the Street Fair’s website lists some of the vendors that were at the event, so they can get more exposure for their artwork. Many of the artists have Etsy shops, or showcase their items at local stores such as Rust Belt Market located in Ferndale, and Art is in Market in Livonia Park Place Mall, Twelve Oaks Mall, and the mall at Partridge Creek.

Given that many of the artists don’t meet all that often, it’s a great melting pot of creative minds and a way for them to become allies in the industry. This festival is another great testimony to how Detroit is becoming an artistic Mecca and haven for those with creative ideas and motivation.


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