D.I.Y. Calendar

Hand Lettering

Worthwhile Studio, Ypsilanti, MI
From our friend Kristen at Worthwhile Studio:

Get Creative With Hand Lettering
Saturday, October 20

Join me for a morning of learning lettering basics and moving on t fun ways to express yourself creatively with hand lettering! With a focus on exploring your uniqueness and how it manifests as visual 'styles', this workshop will guide you through the process of letting go of perfection and finding joy in the expressive nature of creating your own pieces of art with the use of words + letters + the creativity that all humans so naturally possess. Using Kristen's favorite lettering materials and tools, we will cover some basics with demonstrations of different techniques, and have fun experimenting with different looks and styles, and look into how to create visually balanced lettering compositions. Kristen offers one-on-one help throughout the class to help with specific questions, offering plenty of tips and resources to the group as we go. Her personal goal is for you to learn as much as possible, have a fun time, and leave inspired and prepared to practice at home!

POST 1st Anniversary Party

From our friends at POST:

Mister Frank and Fast Eddie (the cutest shop dogs in town) cordially invite you to our FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY + CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY!

We are truly honored to know all of you. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm for our workshop programming and curated shop over here in this ol' post office. It has been an amazing year and we want to celebrate with you! POST will be launching some new products in the shop, giving tours of our production studios, and showing off with some artist demonstrations.


Special Guests!
Free Make + Take Projects!
Door Prizes!
Custom Crafted Cocktails!
Birthday Cake!

Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI
Find unique local gifts. Enjoy a unique local tradition. Visit the 12th annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair! Michigan's largest and longest-running indie craft fair is returning to the world's largest Masonic Temple. With more than 100 juried vendors, selling everything from jewelry and clothing to bath products and home decor, it's the perfect place to shop for one-of-a-kind handmade treasures. And with music, food, and a historic setting, it's a festive weekend to share with friends.

Friday, November 30: 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday, December 2: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday, December 3: 11 am - 6 pm
Masonic Temple: 500 Temple Street, Detroit
Admission: $1 (Children 12 and under admitted free)

Blackletter Calligraphy

From the POST website:

Hosted by POST + Patrick Barber

Saturday September 29th from 2 to 5pm, $60

Using the building blocks of Blackletter as a starting point, we'll take a calligraphic journey through the history of letterforms and typography. Students will learn the ways of a broad-nib calligraphy pen, using it to create basic letterforms. Blackletter is a modular hand that is easily learned and used.

Students will have the opportunity to learn other foundational calligraphic alphabets if they so desire. I'll also bring a selection of my own pens and inks for students to experiment with. There will be an hour or so of instruction, followed by plenty of time to create your own pieces. All materials will be provided.

Everyone will take home worksheets, an informative handout, a high quality cartridge calligraphy pen, and cards and envelopes for showing off your new skills.

No experience necessary.

This class is open to ages 12+

All materials are provided.

Includes cards & envelopes and pens

Refreshments will be served.

About the instructor:

Patrick Barber is an art director, book designer, and lifelong lover of calligraphy and letterforms. His first design gigs were as a tween calligrapher creating menus and invitations. The lure of typography soon eclipsed the appeal of the broad nib in a professional context, but his love of making his own letters never died. Formerly of Portland, Oregon, and points west, Patrick now makes his home on the east side of Detroit.

Please note:

Space is limited so please register soon. Popular classes sell out quickly!

All workshops are held at POST - 14500 Kercheval Detroit, MI 48215

On-street parking is free and plentiful


Arbor Brewing Company, Ypsilanti, MI
One of our favorite summer festivals, DIYpsi is a celebration of handmade with dozens of makers & vintage curators selling.

Zine Workshop

From the POST website:

Hosted by POST + Rachael Barlock, from Hazel & Dolly

Saturday August 11th from 2 to 4pm

What the heck is a zine? Short for magazine, a zine is a DIY method to get your thoughts, ideas, and creativity out to the world without the need for computers, graphic design software, or fancy publishing skills. Kind of like a blog without the internet! Old school style! Zines are bought, sold, traded, and/or given away for free at book fairs, art events, workshops, classes, and within literary and music scenes. This type of independent self-publishing has roots in many counter cultures - hippies, punk rockers, activists, artists, poets, etc. A zine can be about any subject or no subject at all. They can be instructional, informational, or personal. A zine may be created as a single, stand alone piece or copied and distributed widely.

Bring your thoughts and ideas. Bring artwork, photos, illustrations. Bring some writing to transcribe. Or simply bring your curiosity to learn about the process!

During this workshop, you will learn how to cut, fold, letter, layout, and assemble your own zine. Rachael will teach you a few folding methods, some lettering techniques, and tell you some bad jokes that you can use to kickstart your self publishing career (not really) but maybe?

All materials will be provided. We will have paper, a variety of pens, markers, drawing materials, supplies for collage, and a copier on hand. Bring your ideas and inspirations!

No experience necessary.

This class is open to ages 12+

All materials are provided.

Refreshments will be served.

About the instructor:

Inspired by sarcasm + pen pals, fueled by La Croix + house plants, and outfitted in big hats + floral skirts, Rachael Barlock owns and operates Hazel + Dolly in Detroit, Michigan. Hazel + Dolly is all about honoring the nostalgia of hand-written correspondence. We take that craft, add some sass and modern design, and print it on antique letterpress equipment to give you a product worth sending.

Please note:

Space is limited so please register soon. Popular classes sell out quickly!

All workshops are held at POST - 14500 Kercheval Detroit, MI 48215

On-street parking is free and plentiful

DIYpsi Holiday Market

Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI
8th Annual
DIYpsi Holiday Market

Saturday 12/9 : 11-7
Sunday 12/10: 12-6

Riverside Arts Center
76 N Huron St.
Downtown Ypsilanti

+ 90 Vendors Reppin the Best in Handmade
+ Handcrafted Food + Drink by:
- MaLou's
- Cultivate Coffee + Taphouse
- Go! Ice Cream
- Hyperion Coffee Co.
+ Make and Take Room
+ Installations, Performers, Film Screenings and More!

Full Vendor Lineup:

Parking Info:
and click on the parking map link

Dally in the Alley

Cass Corridor, Detroit, MI
From Dally in the Alley:

Dally In The Alley is one of Detroit's longest-running events. Organized by volunteers and the North Cass Community Union- All without aid of corporate sponsorship- this festival is set in the unique and historic alleys and streets of the north Cass Corridor. A neighborhood celebration of local musicians, artists, restaurants, vendors and people of all sorts. Dally is open and welcoming to ALL people, regardless of, well, anything. Dally features LOCAL music, art, organizations and vendors. We depend on the community's support, so please BUY A BEER/ BEVERAGE from US, buy a Dally t-shirt and/or poster, support our vendors and respect each other!
Here are a few suggestions for enjoying Dally:
1. We are family-friendly, especially earlier. Bring your kids to the Kid's Fair area.
2. Come with an open mind. Dally celebrates the rich diversity of humanity and you should too!
3. We celebrate local musicians, so if you like someone let them know!
4. We support local visual artists, so take plenty of pictures of their stuff!
5. Buy beer from us!
6. Love one another.

Mo Pop Festival

Riverfront Park, Detroit, MI
Handmade Detroit is presenting the Craft Bazaar inside the Mo Pop Festival! We've curated 20 of our favorite local makers and crafters inside one giant tent at this awesome 2 day long concert.

For a full lineup of the bands, crafters and activities at Mo Pop, visit the Mo Pop website!

DIY Street Fair

DIY STREET FAIR is a favorite festival of Handmade Detroit, featuring craft beer & cocktails, Metro Detroit's best music and lots of local artists, crafters and makers. You won't want to miss this fair!

The beloved FREE event is back for the 11th year!

Friday, Sept 21 6pm-midnight
Saturday, Sept 22 11am-midnight
Sunday, Sept 23 11am-11pm

East 9 Mile and Woodward Ave
Behind WAB - Woodward Avenue Brewers and The Emory