New: SPRING TRAINING — a week of professional development for independent people
March 3-8 2014 — Des Moines, Iowa
Market Day is a pop-up marketplace for indie handmade and vintage goods.
The first-ever Market Day was held in May 2009 in the Market Building in Des Moines' East Village. Seven markets each were held in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, including the now-famous Market Day Black Friday events.
Market Day was initiated by the people of Market Street Media Foundry and would never have been possible without the warm support of so many in the Des Moines community.
The 2013 season organizers are taking a "less is more" approach with three big blowout events.
We've been hosting semi-regular meetups about business things for makers and such. More to come.
DeMo brings together Des Moines' builders, designers and makers for a present-and-critique focus group. DeMo events are great for people who work independently or in small groups, to whom feedback is often less accessible.
Presenters get 10 minutes to explain their projects and talk about roadblocks, then the group critiques. It's loose but moderated. Casual but critical. It's DeMo.
Several DeMo events were held in 2011 and 2012.
Market Street Media Foundry (2009-2010)
Market Street Media Foundry (aka MSMF aka Market Street) was a collaborative workspace in an old dusty warehouse just south of Des Moines' East Village neighborhood.
MSMF was a busy, always-changing place. We had artists and editors. Makers and writers. Parties and practice sessions. The first Market Day even was held in the back of the MSMF warehouse space in May of 2009. There was 100 years of dust on everything and holes in the floor. It was great.
We'll always remember the two epic New Year's Eve parties, the kittens, the mannequin, getting caught by the train, and never quite knowing what we were going to do next.
A family resemblance?
Wow do you remember those MacBooks? Crazy.
Drink & Draw (2009-2012)
Bring a pen. Bring paper. Bring $5. Bring your own beer.
A monthly-or-so figure drawing group. Sessions were held variously at Market Street Media Foundry, the make\break space in Impromptu Studio, and House of Bricks in Des Moines' East Village.
Individual practice, group exercises, networking, drinking, costumes, and nude models.
The greater art community eventually took to scheduling figure drawing sessions, so we declared mission accomplished in 2012.