Since this is my 200th post on Elephant on a Wire, I better make it good. I better make it about Michigan, my home sweet home.
I’ve lived in Ann Arbor since 2001 when I came here as an undergraduate to study at the University of Michigan. I decided to remain at the university to complete my Masters. Over the past nine years (with brief stints in DC and Ohio), I’ve built my life in Michigan. I’ve had so many wonderful experiences and opportunities - far too many to cover in a single post. I’ve even met my soon-to-be-husband here. I love Ann Arbor. I love Michigan. I have no intentions of leaving anytime soon, which is why I am thrilled to see my generation working to revitalize this state we call home.
The following are articles and videos showcasing the changing face of Detroit.
I love Type. Look at this beautiful hand drawn “Peacock” font designed by Sommer Sheffield. Design Sponge is currently hosting a Type contest, so head on over, check out the entries, and vote for your favorite!
In the previous post I mentioned 826 National, but I feel it deserves more than a mere mention. So what is 826 National? In their words 826, founded by Dave Eggers, is a “nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization.” Basically, volunteers work with kids to help them improve and get excited about their writing.
Each tutoring center has a storefront which sells items ranging from spy gear to pirate supplies. Eggers explains the origin of the stores in his 2008 Ted Talk. There are eight centers in the US, including the “Robot Supply and Repair Shop” in Ann Arbor - pictured above.
As someone who believes in the power of the written word (and who misses working with kids), I need to fill out my own volunteer application for 826 Michigan. Perhaps this will be the New Years resolution I actually keep…
Folks always ask me where I got the cards for my Etsy shop. To which I happily exclaim “Moo!" Moo is a company out of the UK that makes, among a ton of other cool stuff, mini cards. In addition to these super chic and tiny cards, Moo makes stickers, postcards, greeting cards, and yes, regular-sized business cards. Check out their Flickr page for ideas!
If you are interested in trying something from Moo, now’s the time because they are offering a 30% discount on printed products. The sale only lasts until Sunday (11/14) at 11:59pm, so you’ll need to hurry!
When I taught Creative Writing I utilized an exercise called The Exquisite Corpse, which had students write a line on paper and pass it to their right to have their peer write the next line and so on until (something resembling) a poem is written.
The Exquisite Book is a similar collection of creativity, but rather than words, artists created pictures which continued from the previous artist’s work.
The following are two of my favorite prints from the book: the first by Julie Morstad, the second by Eunice Moyle.