Ann Arbor–based artisan tile maker Motawi Tileworks began twenty years ago when Nawal Motawi, a ceramic artist, opened a stand at the local farmers market. Today, it's expanded to include midcentury, Arts and Crafts, Prairie Style, and Art Nouveau–inspired designs in its growing line of distinctive patterns. In addition to making decorative options, like the Charley Harper line, it produces installation pieces.
Over the course of his 60-year career as a graphic designer, painter, and illustrator, Charley Harper (1922–2007) became known for his work depicting flora and fauna in a modernist style, like the Cardinal ($70) shown above.
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Charley Harper (1922-2007), over the course of a 60-year career as a prolific graphic designer, painter and illustrator, brought his unique, modernist style to a wide range of publications, such as Charles Harper’s Birds and Words (1974, Frame House Gallery, 2008, AMMO books) as well as illustrated ads for Morten Salt, Libby’s Pineapple and Proctor & Gamble. This exhibition celebrates his perspective of birds and wildlife, a genre previously dominated by naturalism and realism.
The Mission Zero Fest event in Michigan is a two-day celebration of neighborhoods and communities that are striving to sustainably harvest their energy and water needs and produce no waste. The festival will host tours of six ultra-green homes as well as lectures and workshops led by sustainability experts. While speakers and workshops exhibit the how and why of sustainability, organizations will exhibit an array of green services and products for living a healthier, more comfortable life with a lighter footprint. It will take place Saturday June 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday June 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ann Arbor's Water Hill Neighborhood.