DIYpsi, Ypsilanti’s preeminent indie art fair reasserts its whimsical craftiness at the Arbor Brewing Company Brewpub (720 Norris St.) during its Summer iteration this August 27-28. Though the curated arts celebration also features features music, beer and snacks (yay snacks!), whet your artsy taste buds before the main event with the following Michigan makers.
If you like henna body art, elixirs, balms and other wellness sundries, you’ll dig that Alchemy Henna’s plant-based blends are crafted in small batches by Ferndale’s Monique Herzig. It also doesn’t hurt that Alchemy Henna’s wares are carted around in a hand-built wooden wagon called the Vardo. Yes, the wagon will be there too.
Spinning and handbuilding simply functional porcelain homewares that are simple and useful, Detroit-based ceramics studio Corbé focuses on minimalist designs that softly sing a mid-century aesthetic. If your home could use a vase, wine set, serving bowl, planter, mug or three of everything, check out Corbé this DIYpsi.
GRAMMAR’s sophisticated and sexy ceramic jewelry designs are handcrafted by Sarah Abend in Lake Ann, MI. Look over each pieces rounded corners, curves and folds then act like they don’t have a supremely calming effect. Go ahead, we can wait.
happy grey skies
Embrace the quirky plush and squishy sculptures handmade by crafter Em Randall under the moniker happy grey skies. Crafted in her small Northern Michigan studio, these tastefully odd pieces exude color and a distinctive visual cheer that’ll likely bring a smile to your face.
As Knotlife, Ypsilanti’s Erin Morin creates original macrame wall art and plant hangers from natural fibers looped and tied around organic materials like Great Lakes driftwood and foraged bones.
Makers and Finders
Channel the DIY spirit with pop-up craft sessions and classes from Makers and Finders, a creative organization aiming to unite makers, artists, and craftspeople across Michigan and beyond. DIY group hug!
Theatre Bizarre, which bills itself as “The Greatest Masquerade on Earth,” brings a refreshing element of weirdness to DIYpsi with its sideshow games and costumed performers. Stilts might be involved. They’re also selling tickets on site for the group’s Masquerade Galas October 14th and 21st and Theatre Bizarre October 15th and 22nd, both of which you should totally attend.
Visit diypsi.com for more details + the full lineup.
DIYpsi | August 27 & 28 | ABC Microbrewery