I've teamed up with Yen Azzaro of Chin-Azzaro in Ypsilanti, Michigan to dream up a pop-up holiday shop and fundraiser to benefit a local non-profit, 826Michigan. The event will take place at Chin-Azzaro (9 S. Washington Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan) on December 12th from 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday, December 13th from 11 am - 4 pm. I'll have gift wraps, gift tags, embroidered watercolor original pieces and silky, modal scarves.
When I envisioned the concept for Wares on Washington my intention was bringing community members into a shopping experience where purchasing original art becomes more attainable. I have sold my own artwork since I was 16 years old, but I remember the excitement and palpability of my first purchase of a small 8 x 10 inch painting and realizing the immense value of supporting artists in that way. With Wares on Washington I hope to cultivate that fervor in others. This passion combined with my ever-present desire to use art as a means to fundraise for local organizations was the ultimate catalyst for the Wares on Washington event.
I hope to introduce some incredibly talented SE Michigan artists and designers that aren’t typically part of the area craft fair scenes, but that are internationally known! I believe the welcoming, holiday shop setting will be the perfect environment to achieve this combined mission of giving and creativity.
A big thank you to all the contributing artists and designers for jumping on board this concept early on. If you aren't in Southeast Michigan, please take a few minutes to check out some of these amazing artists (many have online shops!): Naomi Ernest, Kelly Ventura, Jocelyn Edin of Garden of Edin, Snow + Ivy, Detroit Card Co., Fineberg Art Studios, Just Curious & Co, and The Home Ground.