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Nora's PopUp Shop Artist: Andy Malone

Andy Malone’s name means Wolf Boy, so you know he’s not playing around. He still manages to be charming and affable, so don’t let the name fool you. When he was ten years old, Andy built a pinewood derby car, and while he didn’t truly learn how to work with wood until after college, he recalls loving the feeling of shaping the wood into a new form. For Nora’s pop-up, he has made one of a kind mutoscopes, or kinetic animation mechanisms. They are like sophisticated and beautiful flip book televisions that will be irresistible to animation lovers and nostalgic dreamers alike. You can catch Andy hanging out at Burnside Farm or on the DIA’s lawn, maybe eating pancakes and caramelized apples and extolling the virtues of Powerhouse Productions and Popps Packing. Loop into his work over at Nora!

  Andy will be hosting a Meet the Artist Event on November 11 from 5pm-7pm at Nora.

Nora's PopUp Shop Artist: Patrick Ethen

Looking for a little light in your life? Patrick Ethen of ROYA Design has lovely lamps that will cast a floral geometric shadow on your heart. These cardboard beauties are designed to be flat-packed for easy shipping and assembly. Cardboard is a ubiquitous material, and Patrick believes that it’s actually so useful that people have lost the ability to appreciate it objectively. Think about how sturdy cardboard is, and the way it catches light so nicely. While he tried other materials to design these polyhedra lamps, he came back to reliable cardboard. He loves the Dequindre Cut and believes that artists, makers, musicians, designers, free thinkers, entrepreneurs, and Theo Parrish (who is his own category of human) impact culture in a positive way in Detroit. Catch a little of his shine at Nora during the Culture Lab collaboration.

Patrick will be hosting a Meet the Artist Event on November 9 from 5pm-7pm at Nora.

Nora's PopUp Shop Artist: Clover and Mars

When Clover and Mars get out of bed in the morning, they eat quinoa, blackberries, yogurt and hazelnuts while dreaming about being on Belle Isle. They make products for those among us who love to host dinner parties and afternoon teas. For the Nora’s Culture Lab pop-up they have created a lovely entertaining set, a table runner with napkins . They first used these kinds of materials when making tea towels that were organic, functional, absorbent, and left no streak behind. They can get behind anything that is rustic and modern simultaneously. Their name, Clover and Mars comes from their favorite Michigan flower, and a play on the creators’ first names. Come check out their products and take home some of that modern rustic feeling.

Clover and Mars will be hosting a Meet the Artist Event on November 6 from 5pm-7pm at Nora.

Nora's PopUp Shop Artist: Abigail Murray

Abigail Murray loves Detroit because there are so many people positively impacting culture here. She takes her eggs over-easy and laid by her neighbor’s chickens and she grows her own watermelon. Her love of ceramics began at Andersen Ranch, where Ken Price taught her how to make cups, and that passion has carried over into her products for Nora. She has created stacks of black porcelain planters and vases that were made from slabs cast on plaster molds. The textures were taken from reclaimed materials from her project Afterhouse, which converts an irreparably damaged home into a greenhouse. The greenhouse will then be used to grow olives, bananas, pomegranates and more without using additional energy sources. She envisions her products being used by nice people who like ceramics, plants and flowers, which is to say everyone. So unless you’re a mean flower-hater, you should come by Nora and check out what she has made.

Abigail will be hosting a Meet the Artist Event on November 5 from 5pm-7pm at Nora.


Nora's PopUp Shop Artist: Iris Eichenberg and Nadege Roscoe Rumjahn

If you are someone who doesn’t shy away from politics at the dinner table, this collaboration between Iris Eichenberg and Nadege Roscoe Rumjahn might be for you. They’ve embroidered, stitched, stained and printed an incredible tablecloth that merges mundane needlework and the language of industry. This experimental collaboration uses abstract presentations of city grids and plants taking over the grids as a Detroit table drawing. They love blue chicory and wild flowers breaking through asphalt. Fun fact about chicory: if you put it in a vase, the flowers will brown by the end of the day and every morning new blue flowers will bloom for a number of days. That’s the kind of resilience and magic that inspires these two makers. They believe that the sum of many initiatives that aren’t looking to turn a profit, but rethink quality of life in Detroit makes for positive impact. They dine on large bowls of latte for breakfast. Stop by Nora and check out their transcendent experiment in layering.

 Iris will be hosting a Meet the Artist Event on November 3 from 5pm-7pm at Nora.


Nora's PopUp Shop Artist: Douglas & Co

The husband and wife team of Melissa and Shane Douglas founded Douglas & Co. in Detroit. They drink coffee with coconut oil, raw milk and butter for breakfast. They also make beautifully crafted leather products in small production quantities. They see their joint endeavor as an experiment in growth and learning. Their favorite green space in Detroit is the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory at Belle Isle. They design products for people who love the elegance of simplicity. They see a positive impact in the people who have persevered through hardships in Detroit as well as newcomers to the city who are creating community and movements. Drop by Nora and get a taste of their work.

 Melissa and Shane will be hosting a Meet the Artist Event on November 4 from 5pm-7pm at Nora.


Nora's PopUp Shop Artist: Ruth Koelewyn

Ruth Koelewyn (pronounced cool-eh-wine and meaning fresh wine in Dutch) makes products for people who love to try new things, and who feel a strong connection to the their belongings, their place and their people. She started making jewelry when she was 12 at a community art course and has not sopped since. She has created earrings and necklaces from sterling silver and upcycled maps of Metro Detroit. Her favorite greenspaces in Detroit include the River Walk and Woodmere Cemetery. She believes that everyone in Detroit who is thinking creatively and trying to do or learn new things makes a positive impact; she says “the people who have lived here their whole lives and find ways to always make it work and the newcomers who are trying to add to those efforts in an honest open way” are those folks doing good work here. Come by Nora and adorn yourself with some of her Detroit-centric jewelry.

Ruth will be hosting a Meet the Artist Event on November 3 from 5pm-7pm at Nora.


Nora's PopUp Shop Artist: Fran Gross

Fran Gross has likely been knitting for longer than you’ve been alive. Her first knitting project was something known as a half hat. As a child she would spend Saturdays at Kresge’s on Livernois or on Wyoming at Spitzer’s Knit Shop with her mom and sisters waiting for a turn with Mrs. Spitzer, who would take their measurements and create a pattern for whatever they dreamed up to create. Fran has knitted some beautiful heirloom pumpkins for Nora that serve as festive autumnal home décor. Growing up in Northwest Detroit, Fran loves Palmer Park and all the newer farms and garden that have sprung up around Detroit. Named for her maternal grandparents Fanny and Jacob, she would have been named Jay Francis if she had been a boy, instead of Frances Jay, and she can’t decide which is worse. She wishes that Detroit creatives could create hundreds of thousands of jobs for the unemployed folks in Detroit who want to pool their energy and creativity into something positive. Pick one of her adorable pumpkins up at Nora’s patch.

 Fran will be hosting a Meet the Artist Event on November 3 from 2pm-4pm at Nora.


Nora's PopUp Shop Artist: Ali Sandifer

There are tables, and then there are tables. Husband and wife team Ali Sandifer (Abir Ali & Andre Sandifer) have made multi-functional trays for people who love food, handicraft, and can do without tablecloths. Back in 2007, the duo was in Chicago working with walnut, and they realized that plywood was not for them. The hardwood allowed for both freedom and discipline, opening a space to explore form more organically. Their first public art installation was an enormous recreation of the biblical table from the last supper. Diners were invited to then carve their name or a significant event into the table, creating a new kind of tablecloth. They believe that Detroit is bolstered by all kinds: people who have always been here, have returned here, are only here temporarily. They believe that “a city benefits from all levels of permanence and impermanence. Their favorite green spaces in Detroit include their families’ backyards. You are cordially invited to feast your eyes upon their multi-functional trays created for Nora’s Culture Lab collaboration.

Abir and Andre will be hosting a Meet the Artist Event on November 7 from 5pm-7pm at Nora.



Nora's PopUp Shop Artist: Addie Langford

Addie Langford is named after her great grandmother from Elizabethton, TN and lived to be 103 years old. Like her great-grandmother, Addie’s work has a timeless longevity. In collaboration with Scott Hocking, Addie has created sculptural tasting cups perfect for wedding gifts, bridal showers, entertaining, anyone over the age of 21, people at Hugh, your friends, your neighbors, and anyone you’re trying to impress. After her first sleepless year in architecture school, Addie was enrolled in a ceramics class (thanks to her mother) that shaped the course of her life. She studied under the wildly surreal Estonian ceramic artist Sergei Isupov and his then life partner Dana Major. For the next three summers, Addie helped produce their production line and run their business and then went on to take over their ceramic studio space. Addie believes that there is no one effort impacting culture in Detroit in a positive way, but instead a sense of collective re-investment from the grassroots to the federal government. She loves the Dequindre Cut and olive bread from Avalon Bakery. Stop by and see her Culture Lab collaboration at Nora.

Addie will be hosting a Meet the Artist Event on November 2 from 5pm-7pm at Nora.