May 16, 2011

The Cruiser and The Cass Door

Here are two more necklace designs I created for my Rust Belt Market booth.  The top image shows two variations of "The Cruiser" featuring a Road Trip link, an old key, some gears, and black rubber-like cording. Again, this necklace is based on a local theme.  Obviously, Detroit is the Motor City, so the car image is appropriate, but it is also a reference to the street that the Market is on: Woodward Ave.  I blogged about Woodward in one of my recent posts here, so you may have already read about this significant highway.  Because of its history, Woodward is also home to an annual event called the Dream Cruise, where people spend the whole weekend immersed in car culture and fill the miles long avenue with their old cars.  While I am generally all about local events that highlight the area in a positive way, I am not gonna lie, I really don't like the Cruise.  All that engine revving, oldies playing, and the smell of gasoline... nah, I'll pass, but you have a blast!  No matter, this year I will be in Philly for Bead Fest, so I will miss the revelry (and the crowded streets all around the city caused by the Cruise)

This design is called "The Cass Door" a play on words regarding more local history, the Cass Corridor.  It just kind of jumped into my brain as I thought, what can I design about Detroit using these door pendants?  Pairing them with large and small keys seemed like a natural move, dangling from a faux suede cord.  More about the Cass Corridor from Wikipedia
 
The Cass Corridor, in Detroit, Michigan contains the Cass Park Historic District and the Cass-Davenport Historic District. The corridor's main street is Cass Avenue, which runs parallel with Woodward Avenue, a main Detroit artery running north towards suburban neighborhoods. Though Cass runs from Congress Street, ending a few miles further north at West Grand Boulevard, the Cass Corridor generally is defined as between I-75 at its southern end and Wayne State University to the north, and stretches from Woodward to the east and to the West: John C. Lodge (M-10 service drive) north of Temple, and Grand River Avenue south of Temple.

Significant landmarks include the Detroit Masonic Temple (the world's largest building of its kind), Cass Technical High School and the Metropolitan Institute for High Technology are all located along Cass.
Culturally, the Cass Corridor is a significant district. Creem, which billed itself as "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine," had its headquarters in the area. The student population contributes to the bohemian atmosphere in Cass Corridor. The artistic community has produced a number of significant artists including The White Stripes, who played their first show at the Gold Dollar. Cass Corridor is also the location of the annual Dally in the Alley arts festival



Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

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