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The inaugural feature for Made in Michigan is, fittingly, Detroit visual artist Janna Coumoundouros of Lilacpop Studio. The city of Detroit harbors a culture that has its own sense of grittiness paired with the unique and elegant; it is a place where creative minds are finding fertile ground, not despite, but rather because of, the city's rough edges. Designer/photographer Coumoundouros features her own dress and jewelry designs for her photo shoots, and combines her fine arts background with experimental lighting techniques, editing and art direction to craft each cohesive, stunning piece. (Solis Magazine, 2015)
Eclectic, diverse and supremely talented, Coumoundouros doesn't stop at fine art photography and occasional gigs as band photographer for The Fillmore Theatre. She has honed an almost magical skill in taking apart vintage machines and utilizing metal work to create one of a kind pieces that are cutting edge and perfectly on trend. Coumoundouros is also a co-founder of Dinner Club Pop Up, curating the artwork for delicious gourmet dining by chef Matt Baldridge in various locations around Detroit. Her fashion styling clients include Ford, Audi, and Lincoln. She is the creator of Inteva Products' automotive dresses seen at the NAIAS 2015 Detroit Charity Preview and the winning dress from the Detroit Institute of Arts Samurai Design Competition. Her work can be found in Vogue Italia, Styleline Magazine, Hour Detroit, Metropolitan d'Etroit, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, among many others.
In spite of so many high profile credits, it's the attitude behind the art that is really impressive. Coumoundouros exudes a humble gratitude for every success she's experienced. Down to earth, driven, accessible, able to capture and portray beauty flawlessly in a variety of mediums, Detroit's own Janna Coumoundouros is one to watch. Check her out here, and get a quick preview below:
Dinner Club Pop Up: http://lilacpop.wix.com/4coursesdinnerclub
Lilacpop Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lilacpopstudio?pnref=about.overview