I recently posted updates about Grommets I spotted in San Francisco...now here's an update from the Detroit and Boston fronts.
First stop, the Maker Faire Detroit. I was there to give a talk on Citizen Commerce (tm), while also kicking off a "Great Grommet Search" for Michigan based products.
Here I am struggling through some AV challenges before my talk, which were nicely mitigated by the Make Magazine editor Goli Mohammedi.
I chatted with Bethany Shorb and the Cyberoptix Tie Lab Studio Manager David at the Maker Faire in Detroit--where they had an expectedly well-conceived and merchandised booth.
Bethany has some terrific new designs. My favorite was the blueprint for Cass Technical High School. She said, "But I won't tell you where I got the originals." The former (current?) rocker likes to live on the edge of danger in her art too, apparently. I like this particular set of designs because Cass Tech was the Detroit public high school I was slated to attend until I snuck in my parents' basement, called a posh boarding school, and scared up a scholarship to attend (true story, abbreviated to make it snappy).
I ran into one of my junior high pals and "almost" Cass classmates while in Detroit. I learned what I would expect...Cass Tech would have been a great educational home for me if the suburbs and a dorm by the lake hadn't called me away.
Back on the ranch, in Boston, I spent a few happy hours at the SOWA Open Air Art Fair on a steamy July Sunday. I bumped into Jeff Weeks of Mean and Wroughten (remember the hand-made cribbage board from discarded tools?)
I forgot to snap a pic of Jeff, and when I went back to his booth, I found it being manned by a not-too-pleased Scott, who play-acted his anger at Jeff (with a dagger for prop) for taking off and not getting back at the agreed time. That's Jeff being Jeff, methinks. But we love his work.
I hung with Olivia Chamberland in the Zamforia booth of clever "It Says Love" t-shirts. They've opened their first retail location...if you are in the vicinity of Quincy, MA go check it out.
Speaking of retail locations, I also popped in to visit Michelle of Michelle Wiley Home on Union Square in Boston.
Michelle discovered the Jokipiin Pellava line of luxury Finnish bath towels and did a gorgeous job explaining them in this video. She's since expanded her shop, added a tight line of apparel, and an enthusiastic store manager named Keith, who gets to bring his dog to work too.