I developed a project called Messages to Go and I interviewed 10 out of 26 the Essex Street Market’s vendors. Through my interviews, I learned about their experiences as business owners and I documented their unique perspectives on the role of the market within the neighborhood. From those conversations, I chose quotes, one per vendor, and designed 10 different reusable bags featuring each person that I had an opportunity to speak with. This was done in consultation with the vendors and approved by them before going into production. In the end, we produced 1,500 bags that were given to the vendors and made available to customers at the participating businesses throughout the market. As a result, the bags become part of a larger network of visitors outside of the Market, amplifying the stories and anecdotes featured in their designs.
What art market? Hatuey Ramos-Fermín shows us the thriving and diverse art scene in New York City’s Bronx, where community-driven projects create a robust ecosystem, not an economic system.
First published at Set To Signal by Hatuey Ramos-Fermín It’s not about you… The ashes were just getting settled and they started losing their warmth. You could hear a gush of wind calming the desolate silenced echo in the neighborhood. The evening was coming fast as the whole city layered in smoke of various shades ofContinue reading “It’s not about you…”