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Mask up Artfully

4 Dec

I’m amazed at some of the creative, artful masks. Not only can you stay safe wearing a mask, you can support local artists and businesses. I’m going to highlight three talented Detroiters, who are making masks.  Not only are they impressive artists, they are also accomplished writers.  I’m proud to say I know them personally.

Karen Buscemi is the founder the Detroit Garment Group (DGG), a registered 501(c)(3) public charity, providing education and opportunities for Michigan’s fashion community. She is also the CEO of Detroit Sewn, a woman-owned small business manufacturing PPE equipment including masks. Detroit Garment Group and Detroit Sewn are keeping people employed while providing a needed service. Please note the vital safety information about mask wearing on the Detroit Sewn website.

Megan Swoyer is a watercolor artist. Her designs are colorful, exuberant and just happy. You can find them on scarves, tea towels, notepads and yes masks. Click here for the 2020 gift guide. 

Dominic Pangborn is best known in Detroit for his men’s ties. But his artistry goes way beyond ties and way beyond Motown. His collections are amazing.  Please check out his website here.  Tote bags, scarves, pocket squares and just some of his creative designs. Here is a photo of a mask and matching scarf. 

These three artists, Karen Buscemi, Megan Swoyer and Dominic Pangborn, all deserve a post written just about them. I will in the future. 

For now, stay safe and mask up!

Young Motown Entrepreneurs

11 Oct

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Grant Garbinski and Blake Dagenais combine art, story telling and commerce with their online site Maloh Art. These two college juniors created a company that sells artwork online, but what makes this site unique is the ability to find out what inspired and influenced the artist. For the artists, Maloh provides branding and marketing services.

At Maloh Art, every piece of art has a narrative, and they share the artists’ stories with the world. “It is not enough to sell beautiful art work; we ensure that our customers can share in the story.”

The butterfly and seahorse above are by Megan Swoyer. Read Megan’s art story here.

Being savvy entrepreneurs, they are also on kickstarter.

For more young motown entrepreneurs, you can always read  Crain’s Detroit Business for Crain’s 20 in their 20s, 40 under 40.

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