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What is your artistic process?

It usually starts out in a sketch book. I have a specific brand I’ve been using for years and nothing else feel’s right. I’ve got quite a stack of them built up now haha. Final stages of my processes are always different though. I’ve been drawing and painting my whole life and I’m really curious about all medium’s. I have a degree in Digital Illustration so ‘often times my work is finalized using a tablet in photoshop, but since I’ve been out of school I’ve been letting myself get back into feeling out art the way I used to before there was such pressure and stress behind it and just going with the flow. I’m a lot happier with my work when I create that way rather then being very clean and organized about it.

How are you inspired by Detroit?

I tell my friends this all the time, there’s extreme creative freedom here. So many homes that were abandoned you could just buy and paint the outside how ever you want! Heidelberg is a great example of that. I see all the time places that have huge sculptures outside or broken mirrors glued to it and its so freeing. It feels like there’s no limitations here, and because everything is still so inexpensive it feels like anything you dreamed of doing with your career as an artist you could make a reality in half the time you once thought. Not to mention the community, being in a city like Chicago there’s such competition, but here everyone wants to help the city and is encouraging each other to do great things and be expressive and its really inspiring and heart warming.

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You can contact Michelle through instagram @yaok_m or email MichelleGoinsArt@gmail.com

August Artist Feature

Michelle Goins

Who are you and what do you want people to know about you?

I’m just a kid and life is a nightmare.

No I’m kidding.

 

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Why do you make art?

What a question! How does anyone answer this haha I think it helps me think? I’ve never been good in any of my English classes, I’ve never gotten a higher score than a B probably, which I guess isn’t the worst but they were far and few between. Often when I’m trying to explain something to someone and I can’t figure out how ill just draw it. I’ve always been a visual person with learning and directions and I think that if I didn’t make art Id feel a lot more trapped in my head and frustrated with being unable to speak the things I can’t without images.

What are your plans for the future?

My dream, to open up my own store with a tattoo shop in the back haha I want to do it all really, tattoo artist, shirts, buttons, cards, anything I can put my designs and illustrations onto I want to do that.

 

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WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I’m Carolyn Weber! I live in West Village where I spend all day eating, watering my plants and creating for both my job and personal art. I’m really just consumed by all things beautiful and that’s what I want to express and the way I want to live. I try not to be so serious and laugh at my weirdness often. I love flowers, gin, being on the water and waving at dogs. You can find me at Our often, I love all the ladies there. If you hit me up on Instagram @cawillustration you can see all the pretty drinks I consume made by what I call my ‘Detroit fam.

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WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

I have so many feelings going on inside and art is one of the only ways I know how to express them. There’s a certain type of way I want to be perceived and that overflows into my art and is a way for me to also become that aesthetic. The way I see things or think of things or what is important to me, I want to capture that in my art and have people relate to it in a way that relates to them. And it’s just plain fun! Sure, sometimes I’m stressing myself out over it hardcore and busting my ass thinking this isn’t fun anymore but how cool is it to create something out of nothing!? That’s what’s really special to me, seeing the piece come together and the personal achievement when it’s complete.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

For my art I’d like to loosen up and create pieces that are more gestural and unfinished looking, not so tightly rendered like my work now. This is a way of working that’s extremely hard for me to grasp but an aesthetic I really like and want to possess in my own way.

For just life I’d love to own my own gallery. That’s like the ultimate for me. I’d love to be able to create the same type of opportunity I was given for other artists, plus openings are just SO fun. Making it into an even crazier event/space would be extra chill. I grew up around muscle cars so I’d love to find a 70’s Corvette and fix it up and make it mine. I have no idea what I’m doing but totally still a dream of mine.

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WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Just throughout daily life I collect images I come across that make me feel something. Mostly these are photos of girls, water, clouds, fashion, flowers, space, food & drinks, makeup, certain color combos and lighting. When I go to create a piece I choose a girl that has a specific vibe I’m going for. From there I add in elements that create her personality. A lot of this has to do with things I hold important or the way I go about creating myself. I work mainly in pastel so it’s a lot of layering colors and blending to achieve that super smooth, realistic feel. Planning out a piece that happens over time can totally change from the beginning because how I feel at a certain time might have changed.

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

Detroit is where I got my start as what I consider becoming a ‘real’ artist when I had my residency at Red Bull House of Art. I don’t think there’s anywhere else I could be doing what I’m doing and around the different types of people and environments than in Detroit. The people are the nicest I’ve ever met. I can’t get in my elevator at my apartment without someone asking how I am. There’s a little kid from the building next to mine that yells, ‘good morning Michigan!’ almost every morning. There’s so much character, inspiration, drive and freedom here. These are all things I noticed really fast after being away and the reason I’m back living here. Detroit can be so weird and so grungy but those are still reasons I love it. I could go on and on forever.

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See some of Carolyn’s work exhibited in the tasting room at Our/Detroit the month of July. Address: 2545 Bagley St, Detroit MI 48216 Hours: W & Th 5-11pm, Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 1pm-12am, Sun 12-6pm


 

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The Menu & DFC Field Guides

This summer we’ve partnered with Detroit Future City on the seasonal cocktail menu. Showcased on the back is information about the “Field Guide to Working with Lots” mini-grant program. So far, 15 exemplary grassroots organizations, businesses and residents have been selected to transform vacant land into green infrastructure. They have adopted designs from the field guide and implemented land stewardship activities throughout their neighborhoods. Sign up for our newsletter in our tasting room, follow us on instagram, like us on facebook to get the latest updates regarding local partnerships, fundraising opportunities, and more. Stayed tuned for news later this summer for news about our two year anniversary of our tasting room and distillery in the Hubbard Ricard neighborhood in Southwest, Detroit.

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What happens on Friday night at Our/Detroit?

KARAOKE BAY BAY yes– every Friday 8pm-12am I’ll be at Our/Detroit hosting karaoke for the fine people in the city.

What do you like about DJing Karaoke night?

Djing karaoke– or KJing as we call it in the biz– is the best job I’ve ever had. Basically I love singing and I’ve found that doing it a lot (three nights a week) my voice has become A LOT stronger. What I’m saying is that you need to come to Our/Detroit every Friday and sing all night and work out those pipes!!! But it’s a lot of fun and introduces you to a lot of new music that you wouldn’t hear otherwise. Even if you are just there to hangout, not to sing, it’s a good time!

I also host karaoke in Ferndale at the WAB every Wednesday from 10pm-2am and in Hamtramck at Kelly’s Bar from 10pm-2am. Check out my facebook page: Stefyoke to keep up with any new karaoke!

 

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Feature Stef Chura

Who are you and what do you want people to know about you?

I’m Stef Chura. I grew up in northern Michigan… Alpena to be specific. I’ve played guitar since I was 13 and have been writing songs since I was 14. I’ve been performing under my name both solo and backed by friends since I moved downstate in 2008. I lived in Ypsi for 4 years and moved to Detroit in 2012.

 

What kind of music does your band play? When did you release your latest album and where can someone buy it?

*Grunge Pop* or maybe some form of indie rock? My songs are kind of poppy but other times are obtuse– with heavy fingerpicking on an electric guitar. I have an album recorded but we are still looking for a label to release it. For now you can check out some singles from the unreleased album “Messes” on my soundcloud. To tie us over we made a split tape with Anna Burch that just came out on the Detroit label Palm Tapes which you can check out at www.palmtapes.com or the next time we play! Which is May 19th at UFO Factory with Fred Thomas, Dominic Coppola, Minihorse.

 

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What do you love about Detroit?

Detroit is the best. Whenever I come back here it feels like home in a way no other place has. I’ve learned a lot from this city and I love the people in the music community I’ve met. The rent is cheaper here than anywhere else. I live in Hamtramck so everything is within walking distance and the food is amazing but insanely cheap! Definitely my favorite of the few places I’ve lived in Michigan.

Who are you as a brand and do you want people to know about you?

We are a brand that values all natural products, delicious tastes, and affordability. We are interested in unique design, progressive branding and marketing tactics, and classic flavors with the occasional experiment.  As a brand and business we feel connected to Detroit and its people. We care about the well being of our city, our image, and strive to add to its already great business, design, and social culture.

We want to be high quality and affordable. There is definitely a food and drink movement happening where more people are demanding fresh, natural, non-processed foods but it is still expensive and not accessible to all. We really strive to be affordable.

 

Where do you sell your product?

We sell our mixers online at wolfmoonmixers.com, at Our Detroit Distillery and various small gourmet and boutique stores in Detroit and surrounding Metro Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and a few other towns in Michigan.

 

How are you inspired by Detroit?

It is no secret that everyone is starting to look at Detroit as a place of great opportunity. We are no different. We are inspired by the people of Detroit and their ability to persevere, even in difficult times. We are inspired by the community and their willingness to support one another. We are excited at the possibility of having an impact on shaping the future of our city through activating vacant land to social events.

 

 

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Why do you make Wolf Moon Mixers?

We wanted to simplify the difficult process of fresh squeezing citrus and other juices to make cocktails.  In the process we also made it more affordable since it is more cost effective to make mixers in larger quantities. These are the drinks we would want to make and drink, there was nothing like it available so we decided to start producing them to sell.

What are your plans for the future?

Continue to grow our distribution, open up a tasting room in Detroit and continue to grow a presence in bars and restaurants that may not have the ability to make fresh juice cocktails.

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Who are you and what do you want people to know about you?

My name is Emily, I go by EE Berger professionally, and I am a food and lifestyle photographer living in Woodbridge in Detroit. I graduated from CCS almost 10 years ago and after living in NY and working as an agent at a modeling agency, I came to a place where I was wondering why I was working so hard on my models’ career and not my own? So my boyfriend and I schemed up a plan to move back to my home city of Detroit and pursue new plans and dreams and that’s just what we did towards the end of 2014. Since then I’ve been freelancing full time, shooting editorials, catalogs and for small businesses here in the city. It’s been an awesome ride and I’m constantly pinching myself over the fact that this crazy idea that I should quit a full time job in NY and move home to Detroit to freelance, actually worked!

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How are you inspired by Detroit?

In so many ways! The history and the city’s past is consistently the most inspiring part for me. I’m constantly blown away at what this city and it’s people have done. Also I’ve never met a group of people that love the place they’re living in as much as Detroiters. How can that not catch on? I also love the emptiness in parts of the city as I’m not necessarily a city person at heart- Detroit is a perfect place for me to be because of that. Lastly this isn’t necessarily inspiration but the city gives me a drive to prove something, prove what we do here and how awesome it is. When Chris (my fiancee) and I moved out of Brooklyn we had a few people that questioned that decision and weren’t necessarily the most supportive. We had jobs and friends and were living and surviving in one of the hardest cities to live in, why would we want to leave that? That attitude and response lit a fire under my a** and left me with an incredible motivation to prove what can be done outside of a city like NY and especially what can be done in Detroit.

 

 

What are your plans for the future?

Hopefully we’ll buy a home within the year- I can’t wait to work on a house and work in a creative way that’s much more physical than I’m used to. One day I’d love a small farm. Professionally it’s full steam ahead. Do more of what I’ve been doing and honing in on my craft. I can’t wait to see what Detroit is like in 3, 5, 7 years! I just want to continue to produce better and better work thats relevant and helps show what Detroit has to offer.

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What is your artistic process?

I try to keep my process pretty low-key and organic. I don’t light things, I work with natural / available light exclusively. I personally have always felt it was crazy that people spent so much time trying to replicate natural daylight with artificial lighting. Because of that I think I’ve learned how to see available light very quickly and work within that. I’m not really interested in hyper-styled and controlled images (although I know those have their place, too) and try to set a mood and scene with lighting and composition. Also I’m a pretty quick shooter. I generally just have a gut reaction when I know I have a shot that is the winner.

Why do you take photographs?

I think a part of the reason is that I’m a bit of a control freak and photographing allows me to control a small rectangle of the world for one moment. That sounds a little crazy but I just love composing photographs in the camera and then seeing the result later. I also love food culture and sometimes I secretly wish I was a chef so shooting food allows me to be a part of that world on my own terms. I come from a very creative family and we all have our own outlets, but I was not blessed with the ability to draw, sketch or paint. Shooting has been my most rewarding and successful creative outlet since the start so it stuck.

 

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Gift to Give

This Holiday Season make sure to share a bottle of Our/Detroit with your friends and family. It’s a perfect gesture to bring with you to a party. Tis’ the season!

Find out where to buy Our/Detroit Here

With the days getting shorter sip on a crisp cocktail to slip back into summer.


DOG DAYS

Add Desired amount of Ice to a Rocks Glass

2 oz Our/Detroit Vodka

1 oz McClary Bros Cranberry Shrub (Available in our Tasting Room)

Top with Soda

Garnish with Mint or a Lime


Make sure to check out McClary Bros flavors: Beet & Carrot, Basil and the exotic Thai Basil.

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Thank you Detroit

For our One Year anniversary we are having customer appreciation week Wednesday August 12th-Saturday August 15th. As a thank you for being there for us during our first year in business, every drink will be 1/2 off on our cocktail menu. Hope you can make it! Cheers!

Who are you and what do you want people to know about you?

I am Kellyn Sanders and this is the first show where I will have all of my artwork exhibited at once. I have previously been accepted into two student juried shows at GVSU and two pieces of artwork were selected for the 87th Regional Exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art. My “Regrow Detroit” piece won the People’s Choice Award.

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What are your plans for the future?

Plans for the near future include applying to Masters programs for Medical Illustration. I am completely open and looking forward to the new adventures while learning and continuing to experiment with new mediums and techniques.

 

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Meet-The-Artist Kellyn Sanders

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What is your artistic process?

My artistic process is having an idea or topic, doing research on the topic but not enough to cloud my own originality for the piece, lots of experimenting then having an –aha moment- and running with it. Lately, specifically pertaining to my Detroit artwork, one idea has just led to another and I can’t work fast enough to get my ideas translated into artwork. My favorite part about the process of creating art is being able to get lost in music. I hardly realize the amount of time I spend on certain pieces because art is like meditation for me when I get to work with music. My current obsession on my playlist is Hammock by Millionyoung.   What is the inspiration for your exhibit at Our/Detroit? The inspiration for my exhibit at Our/Detroit comes from the recent growth and development that I am experiencing in my lifetime. I am appreciating all of the renovations, the new developments, the urban gardens and all of the beautiful, positive changes happening to make this city that much better and portraying it though my artwork. For the record, I do understand that Detroit has a very lengthy history and involves lots of politics. It was not my intention for this work to have any conflict involved. My inspiration was to show a positive outlook and expansion of this wonderful city that I am so grateful to call my home.

 

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How were you inspired by Detroit for this project?

Growing up in the Metro Detroit area I took for granted how easy and close it was to visit downtown Detroit. All throughout my life I frequently was downtown whether it be for a concert, plays, sporting events, restaurants and bars, or just to go walk and find new hidden gems. Moving to Grand Rapids for school I realized how much I missed Detroit. My whole winter 2015 semester was based on Detroit and my artwork started to blossom into a larger body of work than I have ever anticipated. Detroit continues to inspire me every time I visit and every time I create a new piece of artwork.

 

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