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I love listening to podcasts while I work. I've tried listening to music and watching shows but they end up being a lot more distracting. My favorites are always those about creative business & discussing creative processes of artists - particularly lady business owners, but I also like to mix it up with news and entertainment based podcasts.

Here's a list of some of my current favorites:

  1. Start Up
  2. The Daily
  3. 2 Dope Queens
  4. Meditation Minis

Start Up is a great podcast for anyone starting a business or working at a startup, or if you just like learning about entrepreneurship. I started listening back in 2014 for the first season but fell off after that and I recently binge listened and caught up completely with the last four seasons. It takes you only on a journey of starting their own business at Gimlet Media with a lot more transparency than most would be in that situation, from pitching investors, struggling with workplace diversity, work life balance and more. In subsequent seasons they share stories of businesses that are on the brink of shutting down and their struggles, businesses that ended, and businesses that are just starting out. It's really interesting to listen to and learn about how other businesses are run. 

The Daily is a New York Times daily podcast that outlines a news event of that day in a really interesting way. I just started listening to it about a month ago and now I listen every day as I make my coffee in the morning. The discuss events like the departure of Steve Bannon from the White House, the recent unfolding of violence in Charlottesville, and even talks about the company Weight Watchers in a changing weight loss climate of America. It's a quick listen (19-22 minutes) and an entertaining and educational way to get a news snippet in the morning.

I discovered 2 Dope Queens after hearing Jessica Williams' (one of the queens) interview with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air. It's actors and comedians Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson's hilarious banter along with other lesser known minority comics doing a little bit of stand up. It. is. so. funny. I can bust out ugly laughing listening to nearly every episode of this show. It feels like just hanging out with friends and being silly. I HIGHLY recommend listening. You will crack up.

I've been working on getting into a daily morning meditation practice and I enjoy guided meditations to help as I work on my practice. Meditation Minis is sort of cheesy and a lot of them are picturing yourself wandering down a beautiful garden path BUT it also is a great, short meditation that doesn't feel too intimidating to commit to in the morning. Each episode is around 10-15 minutes and is the perfect amount of time in the morning to slow down and center your breath and thoughts before diving in to a day's work. The host, Chel Hamilton, also started a new collaborative meditation podcast with a friend called Mindshift Meditations which I'm also listening to. 

Would love to hear any recommendations on other creative business (or any genre) podcasts. I'm always looking for something new to listen to! 

un•BRIDE•led 2017 and the beginning of wedding textiles

Natural DyeingMeghan NavoyComment

10' long recycled cotton and hemp table runners hand dyed a soft brown for the event

little pieces of silk ribbon dyed a soft brown tied the menu pages together. Menus by Leah Moss and photo by Benjamin David

little pieces of silk ribbon dyed a soft brown tied the menu pages together. Menus by Leah Moss and photo by Benjamin David

All the vendors' names were laser cut into reclaimed wood and hung on jute rope. I looved this.

All the vendors' names were laser cut into reclaimed wood and hung on jute rope. I looved this.

120' of hand dyed table runners!

120' of hand dyed table runners!

This last May I participated in Detroit Cultivate's wedding reverie event called un•BRIDE•led. It was my first venture into the wedding world and such a fun event to be a part of. Haley of Detroit Cultivated put on un•BRIDE•led to bring together local Detroit owned businesses that provide wedding materials and services all in one place for brides and grooms to meet and find for their wedding needs.

For the promo photo shoot I dyed silk ribbon and linen table cloths a soft pink. We shot it in the VERY chilly Stroh's warehouse in early March. It was so much fun to meet other wedding industry small businesses owners like Bissou Bridal, Pot and Box, Passionflower Sue, The Royce, Alchemy Henna, Kathryn Ann Bridal Veils, Detroit Rose, Leah MossWolf Moon Mixers and so many more! It was so much fun to work together to collaborate on creating an old warehouse into a beautiful dining table. I love how Benjamin David's photos came out and it was so much fun setting aside my normal A Wool Story work to create some new linens and hand dyed silk ribbons.

 

For the event in May, I created twelve 10' long recycled cotton and hemp table runners and silk ribbon dyed a soft brown to go with the earthy aesthetic of the event. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun! It's so much fun to work together to create a vision and a color scheme to transport the guests into a magical experience with farm to table food and baked goods by Sweet Heather Anne and Bon Bon Bon that are literal works of art as sweets. Leah Moss used the silk ribbon I dyed to tie together the menu pamphlet and vellum cover page. It looked so lovely!! She's such a talented illustrator and calligrapher. 

I really look forward to creating more naturally dyed silk ribbons and table linens for more weddings and special events in the future! It's such an honor to be included in a couples' special day.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Cocktail by Wolf Moon Mixers and Detroit Distillery.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Cocktail by Wolf Moon Mixers and Detroit Distillery.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Calligraphy name cards by Leah Moss.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Calligraphy name cards by Leah Moss.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Cocktail by Wolf Moon Mixer and Detroit Distillery.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Cocktail by Wolf Moon Mixer and Detroit Distillery.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Calligraphy on the name card by Leah Moss, photo by Benjamin David.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Calligraphy on the name card by Leah Moss, photo by Benjamin David.

places in detroit that i like to go

DetroitMeghan Navoy1 Comment
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Hello everyone!

My friend is coming to visit Detroit for the very first time and I got to thinking of things we should do while she's in town. I started making a list of places I like to go in Detroit and decided I should make it into a blog post! So here we go - divided by category and neighborhood. I would love any of your recommendations of anything I'm leaving out as I have only lived in Detroit for 1.5 years and am still a newbie.

Belle Isle

Belle Isle

Belle Isle Conservatory

Belle Isle Conservatory

restaurants

Corktown

  • gold cash gold
  • brooklyn street local
  • green dot stables

Midtown

  • Selden Standard
  • jolly pumpkin

Dearborn

  • Cedarland

East Side

  • Roses Fine Foods

EASTERN MARKET

  • Supino's
  • Antietam

Downtown

  • Republic
  • Wright and Co

Hamtramck

  • Polish Village Cafe
  • Yemen Cafe

Mexicantown

  • taqueria el rey
  • tamalaria neuvo leon
Corktown

Corktown

  coffee shops & cafes

astro coffee

astro coffee

Corktown

  • astro coffee
  • anthology
  • the farmer's hand

Eastern Market

  • Cairo Coffee

Midtown

  • Avalon Bakery

Eastern Market

  • Trinosophes

Jefferson Chalmers

  • Coffee &

West Village

  • Sister Pie
  • The Red Hook
Detroit Public Library, Main Branch

Detroit Public Library, Main Branch

John K King Bookstore

John K King Bookstore

Bars

Hamtramck

  • bumbo's
  • whiskey in the jar
  • the painted lady
  • small's

Corktown

  •  ufo factory
  • motor city wine
  • two james
  • PJ's Lager House
  • LJ's

Midtown

  •  bronx bar
  • honest john's
  • selden standard
  • the old miami
  • temple bar

Downtown

  • standby
  • queen's bar
  • grand trunk pub

West Village

  • craft work

EAST SIDE

  • bakers keyboard lounge

 

Dabl's African Bead Museum

Dabl's African Bead Museum

michigan station

michigan station

culture

  •  dequindre cut
  • the masonic temple
  • the heidelberg project
  • walking around historic neighborhoods like boston edison, indian village and arden park
  • detroit historical museum
  • detroit film theatre
  • cinema detroit
  • the fisher building
  • motown museum
  • museum of african american history
  • detroit institute of arts
  • mocad
  • redford theatre
  • detroit riverwalk
  • belle isle
  • belle isle conservatory
  • detroit public library
  • african bead museum
The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project

 

shops

hello records

hello records

North End

  • Value world

Downtown

  • Detroit is the New Black

East Side

  • Pewabic

  • Detroit Denim

Corktown

  • Mama Coo's Boutique
  • hello records
  • eldorado general store

Midtown

  • nora
  • Nest
  • city bird
  • third man records
  • shinola
  • Detroit Clothing Circle

Riverfront

  • john k king used bookstore

Royal Oak

  • lost and found vintage

Eastern Market

  • cheap charlie's
  • simplified 
  • people's records
Lost and Found Vintage

Lost and Found Vintage

eldorado general store

eldorado general store

2016, a year in review

PersonalMeghan Navoy1 Comment

2016

started working in the service industry

thought more about how food makes me body feel

felt guilty for not 'doing it all', still working on this

struggled with balancing my job with my art and general feeling of busyness

had an article published in a magazine

struggled with finding time for artist dates and exercise

learned more about natural dyeing

learned how to garden, grew my own food

made my first zines

realized i have so many things i want to make and learn

expanded a wool story into more than just knitwear

got a knitting machine and learned how to use it

tried learning new things fast and mindlessly, realized I have to slow down and pay attention in order to learn

sold at more markets - am still on the fence about how i feel about doing these

started driving a lot more, bummed to not have made time for walking or biking as transportation

cut off all my hair

supported brands I have been admiring for a long time and started building my dream capsule wardrobe

started teaching classes

voted for the first time

made 100 potholders in 3 weeks

attempted to read and write daily - still working on this

spent more time with my family

my grandma passed away

spent more time with my partner, lived a whole year together

was in the new york times

made new friends and spent time with old friends 

i lived a whole year in detroit

 

thanks for all the support and love in 2016 - looking forward to positive change and growth in 2017 //