Meet the Makers: DIYpsi

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We’re pleased to have the team behind DIYpsi curate another craft fair within Maker Faire Detroit this year. This is the group’s second year curating our craft sales vendors and there’s a great group coming in to show off their goods to our guests.

We asked DIYpsi members Cre Fuller, Marcy Davy Haywood and Sherri Green what inspires them and what they’re looking forward to at this year’s fair. And we’ve got the lineup for their crafters, too.

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Marcy: Tell us a little bit about yourself and DIYpsi.
DIYpsi was founded in 2010 by three Ypsilanti artists. Cre Fuller makes sculptures from upcycled metals, Sherri Green uses book covers of the past to create planters and accessories, and I make modern screen prints based on nature. We founded DIYpsi with two main intentions. We wanted area artists to have another source of income in while also providing the citizens of Ypsilanti with an event where they can make purchase goods made with love and authenticity. Ypsilanti is filled with artists and musicians and doers and makers and young entrepreneurs– we wanted to make sure a handmade shopping niche continued to be filled in the midst of all of that. You will never find a town more supportive of these kind of endeavors.

What kind of trends are you seeing in crafting right now?
Crafts that incorporate plants have become increasingly more common, in addition to people who make soaps, lotions and other bath products. We often have a difficult time finding awesome modern ceramicists.

As a maker, what inspires you?
I am inspired by vintage design– maps, posters, and souvenir trinkets in particular. I also pull directly from nature, whether that means a house plant or a mountain vista.

What are you most looking forward to at Maker Faire Detroit this year?
I am looking forward to shopping with the other awesome vendors we’ll have.

Cre: Tell us a little bit about yourself and DIYpsi.
Tin Angry MenI can’t agree with Marcy more. There was such a wealth of artistic talent in the area we wanted a venue for Ypsi to help self actualize in those regards.

What kind of trends are you seeing in crafting right now?
As for trends I see a lot of repurposed materials. I also see a lot of food based endeavors. We hope to incorporate more doers of all flavors in the future, be it product or service.

As a maker, what inspires you?
As a maker I’m inspired by repurposed materials. When I see someone taking a new approach to the materials it fuels me. I also love the bizarre human condition and what that conjures in the artist mind.

What are you most looking forward to at Maker Faire Detroit this year?
What I hope to see again is the museum. The large industrial mills and wheels brought me to me knees. I cried. No joke. I had never seen the stuff close up and it rocked me to my core. It was such a stark reaction I did not expect. It put into perspective what I am doing and at what scale the men and women that came before me had created. The entire atmosphere speaks to me. The spirit in which these people create, present and inspire. It’s a dream to be a part of it.

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Sherri: As a maker, what inspires you?
There’s this undeniable beauty in the dilapidated and alive, as one piece. Seeing new growth out of something that was left behind. All these amazing books that have passed through so many hands over the years, on their way to extinction breaks my heart. I make sure the (second to last) hands they reside in turns them into something that may bring them back into the world, as an object that doesn’t necessarily have a computerized replacement.

DIYpsi Vendors – Maker Faire Detroit 2014

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