Posted by: Kath Usitalo | October 3, 2011

Homemade: Return To Rust Belt Market

The artist known as DMC holds one of the lino cuts he uses to make bird prints

The Birdman has landed at Rust Belt Market, the popular weekend indoor artist market in beautiful downtown Ferndale, just north of the Detroit city limits.

DMC shows a couple of his lino cuts; a clock by M80 is to the right rear

The artist known as DMC creates intricate linoleum cut prints and paints images of multiple birds, and birds as men and men as birds. DMC also writes poems to accompany his Birdman art.

DMC and his wife, clay artist Diana Alva, were testing the market by sharing the booth of M80, who describes himself as a Junkman/Artist; I especially liked one of the tabletop clocks he assembled.

Hey, I have bits and pieces of similar stuff all over the house, including vintage ceramic “hot” and “cold” faucet handles, but I never would have thought to use them as feet on a clock as M80 did.

Diana, a clay artist, was working with round, curved pieces of sculpted ceramic she’d strung on a cord, adding small charms. “I don’t know what I’m doing,” she said with a laugh as she experimented, making art.

Diana Alva plays with some of her ceramic pieces and other bits to create...something. On the wall behind her are Birdman pictures.


I really liked her Day of the Dead piece (sorry it’s a bit blurry; uncharacteristically I took only one photo and it’s not the sharpest, but include it here to show you her work).

Check out Diana’s work on her Detroit Clay Company site.

Ceramic Day of the Dead ornament by Diana Alva

We saw some familiar faces at Rust Belt Market among the artists, crafters, designers and vintage collectors/sellers on Sunday:
Ida Belle is still selling her fabulous soaps,
J. Kyle Keener was painting shoes and showing his assemblage art, and
Phillip Lauri was there with more of his hip Detroit T-shirts.

About a third of the 66 (or so) Rust Belt artists are there every week; the balance rotate through. It’s worth return visits to check out the changing scene.

Rust Belt Market is open Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (and occasional Fridays; check the Rust Belt Facebook page for updates).


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