What kind of crafts do you make? Melanie makes jewelry with handcrafted porcelain elements and mixed metals, while Alex uses traditional silver smithing techniques to create handmade chain and cast bronze jewelry. What are you most looking forward to for Detroit Maker Faire? I can’t wait to see the innovative things that people have made and are making. I know the Faire will be full of inspiring and exciting ideas and projects! What’s your favorite thing about Detroit? I love the never ending optimism of the people of Detroit. Despite all the problems we have had in this area over the decades, the resolve to recreate and renew the city is always present. Who are you?! Cheryl Oz, Cheryl Oz Designs http://www.cheryloz.blogspot.com http://www.facebook.com/cherylozdesigns What kind of crafts do you make? I mostly do illustration done in watercolor or gouache. I also paint with acrylic on canvas, needle-felting and on occasion I work with polymer clay. At the Craft Faire I’ll be displaying paintings, archival quality prints, cards featuring my illustrations, fine art clay pendants and needle-felting mixed-media collectibles. What are you most looking forward to at Maker Faire Detroit? I’m looking forward to the opportunity of being part of such an exciting event for Detroit. What’s your favorite thing about Detroit? What I most love about Detroit is the hometown spirit. People who live here or even the ones that have moved away are still dedicated to this community. There’s a real family vibe in Detroit. Who are you?! Sara Bradstreet, Broad Street What kind of crafts do you make? Repurposed vintage findings into one of a kind, statement pieces of jewelry. What are you most looking forward to for Detroit Maker Faire? I am most looking forward to being surrounded by a community of creative artists and inventors sharing their craft with inquisitive minds. What’s your favorite thing about Detroit? My favorite thing about Detroit is the feeling of surival about the city. Who are you?! Amanda Maria Edmonds, AMEPIX What kind of crafts do you make? My work brings messages of good food, bright colors, sustainable communities, ecology, local pride, and creative re-use in the form of button-products (buttons, magnets, coasters, bottle openers, belt buckles, and more!), photography, and jewelry. From images of fruits & veggies & farmers’ markets on cards and necklaces, to old maps and dress patterns and fabrics made into coasters, to buttons showing pride in Michigan, AMEPIX helps you celebrate local and healthy and sustainable living. What are you most looking forward to at Maker Faire Detroit? I’m looking forward to being blown away by the creative minds of our region at the Detroit Maker Faire, and planning to leave with inspiration to learn new skills I never even knew existed! What is your favorite thing about Detroit? Amidst (or because of) hard times, Detroit and Southeast Michigan have some of the most creative and innovative people and projects anywhere, who are showing how transformation of our lives and economies can begin with a single act such as an urban garden or an art collective…. This exemplifies that powerful change is possible with the will of a citzenry taking ownership over our future. Who are you?! My name is Kinga (Osz-Kemp), my screenprinting business name is Inkinbloom. I print and design with my husband Andrew. Our website is www.inkinbloom.com. What kind of crafts do you make? We print our designs on t-shirts, skirts, pants, and recently I started prnting on curtains and pillow cases as well. I have also printed the first three of the Urban Tenacity card series. It is a collection (12?) of herbs and beneficial plants that grow freely around Detroit since all of the empty space allows them. Most of these plants are not only beneficial for the soil but have detoxifying or other healing effects on humans as well. (e.g. chicory, burdock, dandelion, etc). I use one of these, comfrey, to make salve and lip balm out of my beeswax. Since I am a beekeeper as well, bees find their way into my prints too. What are you most looking forward to for Maker Faire Detroit? I am looking forward to the creative energy of the fair, the fun of seeing so many people interested in crazy ideas or the creative process. What is your favorite thing about Detroit? The open space of Detroit is one of my favorite things about it. The space that allows native species to thrive in an otherwise tamed environment is the same space that is the link between decay and birth, and the same space that attracts creative people.