Ashley Ross, from The Cuddle Cult  in Cleveland, Ohio, showcases her plush  dolls at last year’s DIY Street Fair.

Ashley Ross, from The Cuddle Cult in Cleveland, Ohio, showcases her plush dolls at last year’s DIY Street Fair.

File photo by Donna Agusti

Art, in all its forms, returns with 2 Ferndale fairs

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published August 30, 2019


FERNDALE — Art in all of its forms will take over downtown Ferndale with the return of the Funky Ferndale Art Fair and the DIY Street Fair.

The fairs, including vendors and various forms of entertainment, will be held at Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue Sept. 20-22.

Now in its 16th year, the Funky Ferndale Art Fair will feature 120 artists selling their work to the public. It will be located on West Nine Mile Road.

“We probably had about 250 people that wanted 120 spaces,” event organizer Mark Loeb said. “It’s a pretty competitive thing. ... It’s just funky art that’s high-quality, well-done professional imagery.”

The art fair also will include the installation of a new inclusivity mural on the wall of The Cupcake Station, located at Nine Mile and Allen roads. It was designed by 16-year-old Daphne Wilson, a Ferndale High School student.

The hours of the Funky Ferndale Art Fair will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept 20; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

The DIY Street Fair, celebrating its 12th year, will house dozens of artists and bands on East Nine Mile Road, behind Woodward Avenue Brewers and The Emory. There also will be a kids zone, food trucks, and a variety of craft beer, cocktails and wine.

The hours for the DIY Street Fair will be 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 21, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 22.

Among all the fun and art pieces that attendees will be able to find at both fairs, there will be opportunities for people to become art themselves.

As part of the celebration for the Funky Ferndale Art Fair, people can volunteer to have their bodies or hair transformed into art. For both body painting and hair modeling, models would need to be available for four hours. In the case of body painting, it will be from the waist up. Men will be painted topless, while women will need to wear a light-colored bikini top.

Kayley Bynum, a body painting artist with Sutton’s Costumes & Tuxedos who will be working the fair, said she really enjoys watching the transformation of someone’s body becoming art, whether it’s a superhero like Spider-Man or a full-body Smurf.

“You can become really anything that you want to be, and with the power of makeup and paint, you can change your body to look like somebody else’s body,” she said. “It’s a very freeing experience to lose yourself in a character when it’s not just your face — it’s your whole body. You become an expression of what the character is.”

Volunteers will get to have a say in what their body is painted as, according to Bynum. To volunteer for either body painting or hair art, visit

Bynum said this will be the first time she’s done body painting at a fair like this, but she’s excited that people will be able to see the work done live.

“I like people to see the kind of stuff that we do,” she said.

For more information on the events, visit and