Detroit Design Festival 2012 – Runway Detroit

Oh my god.

Okay. Tonight, on the 364th day since I participated in the Detroit Design Festival last year, I did it again. This time? This time I did fashion instead of fine art. And I showcased (without my partner in crime Alyza cause she’s got the flu) our winning collection from the Imagine show in July. And it was kinda of glorious and I had like, real models. Or as real as they get in Detroit.

The carnation dress fit her perfectly.

And it was at Detroit City Airport in the Executive Hangar. There were personal airplanes and jets all over the place, by the runway, behind it, outside of it. It was legit. And there were various hors d’oeuvres – Lushous Cupcakes of Royal Oak (alcoholic cupcakes!), Hard Luck Candy Flavored Vodka, Sander’s Fine Chocolates, Diet Coke, etc. Due to an extreme lack of information as to what was going on with our models/hair&makeup/show order, my friend Tina and I basically hung out backstage and outside. Toward crunch time we were out and about “mingling” and drinking Hard Luck Vodka.

The lemon Hard Luck tastes like limoncello.

Thankfully, one of the other designers, Angela McBride (Peace Love and Spandex) sorted us out like the event coordinators should’ve done weeks ago – last minute. She gave us models and helped us all the way until we walked off the stage after our models. If it hadn’t been for her, god knows what would’ve happened.

I didn’t stay for the afterglow – mostly because Tina had a headache and we were kinda pooped and I also didn’t drive there. However, I did take I-696 to Tina’s and back home which is kinda of ironic because last year on the way back from DDF was  the last time I took the freeway anywhere. And I didn’t die! Again!

So that’s that.

And now, Day 13: 10 celebrity crushes.

1. Tom Felton
2. Hayden Christensen
3. Jake Gyllenhaal
4. Tobey Maguire
5. Robert Downey Jr.
6. Javier Bardem
7. Ben Kowalewicz
8. Jacob Hoggard
9. Pierre Bouvier
10. Jacoby Shaddix

Detroit Design Festival 2011

So this whole week is the Detroit Design Festival 2011 [or #DDF11 if you’re tweeting] and as part of it there are a bunch of artsy exhibits all throughout Detroit. Tonight was the one I participated in – Eat Sleep Draw.

There were 8 artists, myself included, with about 10×10 ft of space to display some of our art and use the given space to paint a live piece. The theme for our show was the Belle Isle Aquarium, and we had to draw on our experiences and memories with the place and Detroit in general and convey them in our pieces.

Given that I’ve only been to the aquarium once where I witnessed about 3 sad aquariums with like 5 fish in each and several out of commission tanks, I had little to draw on. However, during that trip, which was with my 3rd grade class, they did take us into a separate room and showed us some large dead starfish. So initially, I was going to paint something with a starfish. However, I went a different route.

I’m pretty good are doing ombre stuff, so I decided to paint a vortexy looking piece, as if you were at the bottom of the sea looking up through kelp. Above, there’s two sting rays floating and having a good time, not caring about anything. I think it turned out pretty good. I set the bidding price at $53.00 because everyone else was at $50-80 and I wanted to be different hahaha. Proceeds from the silent auction go to help restore the Belle Isle Aquarium. And trust me, it needs it if it looks anything like it did 10 years ago.

If you’re out in Detroit this week, there are many events going on throughout the city. Check out the lineup at the official DDF website by clicking here.

To see a better closeup of my piece, check it out on my Deviantart, here.