5 Highlights from DIYPSI 2015

. December 12, 2015.
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Over 80 vendors gathered in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Arts Center for this year’s DIYpsi Indie Art Fair, running from Saturday, December 12 to Sunday, December 13. The masses snaked through the fair, covering three stories of the Art Center, buying everything from crochet fruit baskets to blown glass Christmas ornaments. Every vendor had unique, creative handmade goods, but a few stood out to us:

1. Ambit Studio – Synthesizers

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Handmade synth’s that allow you to create unique sounds, ranging from crunchy bass tones to high pitched screeches. These things are awesome to play with, we even picked up a Latino radio station signal on one.

2. Tin Angry Men – Robot Manufacturing

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These tabletop robot heads are made from old vacuums, colanders, paint cans and Christmas lights. Each one has it’s own personality, ranging from evil to funny, they make the perfect living room conversation piece.

3. Diosa de la Luna – Home Decor

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Hand stitched wall art incorporating pop culture icons, perfect for the 20 something year old kid. We loved the cast of Bob’s Burgers, but there were cupcakes, Adventure Time, coffee pots and much more.

4. Knot Life – Macrame

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This macrame art uses simple colors but incredibly complex macrame patterns. There are wall art pieces and plant hangers that incorporate sticks and branches, adding an indie feel to any room.

5. Library Lab – Upcycled Books

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Library Lab turns old books into planters, juxtaposing the worn literary relics with the new life of plants. The scraps from the book planters are turned into jewelry, coasters or bookmarks, giving the old novels a second wind. Check out this Huffington Post article on Library Lab for more info.

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