Friday, December 10, 2010

Nobody puts Tiny in a Christmas corner


So yeah, Midnight Madness already happened and we all stayed in for Black Friday, 'cause like, who are we to fall victim to the system? I like, wouldn't touch consumerism with a tandem fixie.

Okay, so enough making fun of the hipsters (because you're only a hipster if you make fun of them). Time to celebrate them with Ann Arbor's first Tiny Expo tomorrow.

Yeah yeah yeah, we already told you about the Tiny Expo. But for all us young twentysomethings, it's nice to have a reminder, eh? Like we said before, it's in 325 and 327 Braun Court (near Kerrytown, by Aut Bar) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Also! After it's all said and done (aka at 8 p.m.), the artists will make room for Ann Arbor Film Festival to show a screening of one of their short films.

When I last spoke to Helen Gotlib, one of the creators of TE, an Ann Arbor resident and a University of Michigan grad, she said that most things will cost between $20 and $30.

My personal favorite artist that will be at TE is Pooka Queen. She makes these bangin' felt headband/headpiece thangs that I would love to see the lovely Julia Papastravridis work, y'know? Anyway, here's an excerpt from my piece previewing the event for The Voice:
Michelle (Baker) will be bringing paper items from her letterpress company that she and Peter (Baker), a graphic designer, own together, the Elevated Press. Unlike Gotlib and (Dylan) Stryzinski who work out of their home, Michelle works in a studio on Felch Street. Using a studio is very useful for her, especially since just one of her three pieces of equipment weighs 2,200 pounds.

“It’s about the weight of a car,” said Michelle. “I don’t think our floorboards at home would have supported that!”

Gotlib hopes that 1,000 people come to check out the Tiny Expo. She understands, however, that some people just don’t see art’s purpose, and won’t seek out the fair for themselves or as one of their holiday gifts.

“Some people don’t understand that every single thing they use, art is involved,” said Gotlib. “People could just live in a white box, but somebody had to make the decision for it to be a white box.”
Image credit to Dylan Strzynski of International Robot.

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