patricialaydorsey Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Detroit-based photographer. 2017 Rauschenberg Residency artist - @patricialaydorseycollages. Documenting Detroit Fellowship mentor. AKA Grandma Techno
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40 0 Oct 20, 2017
patricialaydorsey: After spending maybe 15-20 minutes on the

After spending maybe 15-20 minutes on the Windsor, Ontario side of the Detroit River, it was time for me to scoot up to University Avenue to meet my dear friend Pat Noonan for lunch at Sushi California Japanese restaurant I was delightfully surprised that Aleen and Sharon found the restaurant and sat down at a table near us. What tickled me even more was to see Pat and Aleen in conversation! The two of them really hit it off. By the way, Sharon was not being left out of the party; she had just gone to the restroom. We all had a leisurely lunch before it was time for me to say goodbye to Pat, Aleen and Sharon, and go get my haircut at Leesa's Hair Design on Seminole. I do love my Windsor, Ontario days!

29 0 Oct 20, 2017
patricialaydorsey: Murad @muradical wasn

Murad wasn't the only person who recognized me in Windsor, Ontario today. I was scooting along the street on my way from seeing the murals to go down to the river and take some pictures of the Detroit skyline, when a car pulled up with a young woman at the wheel and an older woman sitting beside her. I heard her yell out the car window, "I love you! I just love you!" It was Aleen whom I had gotten to know in Detroit through a dear friend, Magi Mooney. Now Magi died in 2014 but her legacy lives on, and a lot of that legacy is the people I met through her. People like dear Aleen. Aleen introduced me to her older friend, Sharon, by saying she was from Coconut Grove, Florida and they were getting ready to go out to lunch. Now keep in mind, this whole conversation is being conducted out the window of a car that has just pulled over to the curb. I said, "Well, I'm going to be meeting a dear friend at our favorite restaurant, Sushi California I think it's the best sushi in the world!" And then I went on to the river, where after taking a picture of Ali the fisherman, I saw a gull at rest with the Detroit Renaissance Center in the background. Oh yes, I guess that is now called the GM International Headquarters.

32 4 Oct 20, 2017
patricialaydorsey: Murad @muradical wasn

Murad wasn't the only person who recognized me in Windsor, Ontario today. I was scooting along the street on my way from seeing the murals to go down to the river and take some pictures of the Detroit skyline, when a car pulled up with a young woman at the wheel and an older woman sitting beside her. I heard her yell out the car window, "I love you! I just love you!" It was Aleen whom I had gotten to know in Detroit through a dear friend, Magi Mooney. Now Magi died in 2014 but her legacy lives on, and a lot of that legacy is the people I met through her. People like dear Aleen. Aleen then introduced me to her older friend, Sharon, by saying she was from Coconut Grove, Florida and they were getting ready to go out to lunch. Now keep in mind, this whole conversation is being conducted out the window of a car that has just pulled over to the curb. I said, "Well, I'm going to be meeting a dear friend at our favorite restaurant, Sushi California Windsor I think it's the best sushi in the world!" And then I went on to the river, where I took this picture of a gentleman named Ali who was fishing.

56 0 Oct 19, 2017
patricialaydorsey: It was time for another haircut so I

It was time for another haircut so I took the tunnel under the Detroit River to Windsor, Ontario where my favorite hairdresser, Leesa, has a shop. But before my haircut, I had time to scoot around downtown Windsor a bit. I decided to explore some of the wonderful murals I know this city boasts. That brought me up to the alley behind the Denial Art studio between Ouellete and Pelissier streets, from Maiden Lane to Wyandotte. As I scooted up, I saw a fellow spraypainting on an outside wall. He turned around and said with a smile, "What are you doing HERE, Grandma Techno?!?" It was Murad , one of the main guys at Denial Art I guess he's just used to seeing me in Detroit. After our visit I scooted up the alley and took this picture of another one of my favorite Windsor, Ontario murals. I cannot see it without smiling.

34 0 Oct 19, 2017
patricialaydorsey: It was time for another haircut so I

It was time for another haircut so I took the tunnel under the Detroit River to Windsor, Ontario where my favorite hairdresser, Leesa, has a shop. But before my haircut, I had time to scoot around downtown Windsor a bit. I decided to explore some of the wonderful murals I know this city boasts. That brought me up to the alley behind the Denial Art studio between Ouellete and Pelissier streets, from Maiden Lane to Wyandotte. As I scooted up, I saw a fellow spraypainting on an outside wall. He turned around and said with a smile, "What are you doing HERE, Grandma Techno?!?" It was Murad , one of the main guys at Denial Art I guess he's just used to seeing me in Detroit. We had a nice visit and he even posed for me under one of their new murals. It is a portrait of a Windsor living legend known as Rockin' Ronnie the feather hat man. I've been seeing him on the streets of Windsor for decades. This portrait feels just like him!

47 4 Oct 19, 2017
patricialaydorsey: It was time for another haircut so I

It was time for another haircut so I took the tunnel under the Detroit River to Windsor, Ontario where my favorite hairdresser, Leesa, has a shop. But before my haircut, I had time to scoot around downtown Windsor a bit. I decided to explore some of the wonderful murals I know this city boasts. That brought me to the alley behind the Denial Art studio between Ouellete and Pelissier streets, from Maiden Lane to Wyandotte. As I scooted up, I saw a fellow spraypainting on an outside wall. He turned around and said with a smile, "What are you doing HERE, Grandma Techno?!?" It was Murad , one of the main guys at Denial Art I guess he's just used to seeing me in Detroit ;-)

175 1 Oct 18, 2017
patricialaydorsey:

( ) ・・・ Zoom in on that front sticker if you haven't already. Happy to spend the morning filming with Grandma Techno herself FROM GRANDMA TECHNO: I had a blast today spending time with Jordan and encourage you to check out his work on youtube.com/JordanStuddard. He's a fabulous storyteller through video!

42 1 Oct 18, 2017
patricialaydorsey: After my photographing Shirel @lildumplins, Heather and their

After my photographing Shirel , Heather and their sons at the Germack Roasting Company - see previous post - and doing an informal interview with Jordan for the video he was doing on me, we went outside and started looking at some of the murals in the Eastern Market while Jordan took video shots of me scooting around. As we went by Bert's Marketplace, a Detroit landmark for jazz, I saw an old jazz friend, Bill Foster, standing outside talking with someone on his cell phone. I've known Bill for a long time and always love getting a hug from him whenever we run into each other around town. We first connected when he had the Serengeti Gallery and Jazz Club where I used to spend countless hours listening to amazing live music and eating the delicious buffet dinners his daughter would prepare. I am so glad I waited to connect with him today because Bill directed me inside the building where he is now a partner with three other persons in running The Paradise Valley Gallery Store I will be honest, I don't particularly like to shop and am not usually very fond of stores, but I fell in love with this place at first sight. Their clothes are fabulous! In fact I ended up buying a beautiful sweater poncho from Paris, and a black pullover sweater to wear in the winter. So Jordan got videos of me buying clothes too! I highly recommend this store because, not only are their clothes stunning, but the prices are reasonable. Check it out at 2739 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207. And you'll see that there's more than just fashion there; they sell art and collectibles too. Bill said he also produces jazz events at Bert's. He's going to put me on his mailing list. Now you know why I said today was touched with magic. I met new friends and connected with old ones. A perfect day!

66 2 Oct 18, 2017
patricialaydorsey: Today was another day touched with magic! Jordan

Today was another day touched with magic! Jordan Studdard , a video artist who uses social media to tell stories, emailed a few weeks ago about making a video of me. He was new to Detroit when he saw me scooting around at Murals In the Market and at Dlectricity I guess that captured his interest because when posted my picture with my IG account on it, Jordan started following me on Instagram. We met this morning at the Eastern Market and just let the process unfold naturally. We started at the Germack Roasting Company on Russell Street, the oldest roaster of pistachio nuts in the United States and a place where you can sit comfortably and drink their fresh-roasted coffee on a cool morning like today. I had hoped to find a family somewhere in the Eastern Market to take pictures of for my "Families In Detroit" photo project. I figured that would make a good shot for Jordan to photograph for the video. And we got lucky! Here is the photo I took of Heather and her 4-year-old son Rueben with their friends, Shirel and her 2-year-old son Pierce. This might turn out to be more than just a one-time meeting because Shirel has invited me to come and check out Lil' Dumplins , her "early arts through play" classes in Midtown Detroit. That sounds like a delightful opportunity!

84 2 Oct 17, 2017
patricialaydorsey: Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts  @diadetroit

Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts I was fortunate to attend the opening of a community art exhibition called "Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos" and to watch a performance of the Ballet Folklórico de Detroit perform against the backdrop of Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals. It was the perfect opportunity to take portraits for my "Families in Detroit" photo project. Thank you to all who posed for me.

38 1 Oct 17, 2017
patricialaydorsey: Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts  @diadetroit

Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts I was fortunate to attend the opening of a community art exhibition called "Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos" and to watch a performance of the Ballet Folklórico de Detroit perform against the backdrop of Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals. It was the perfect opportunity to take portraits for my "Families in Detroit" photo project. Thank you to all who posed for me.

35 0 Oct 17, 2017
patricialaydorsey: Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts  @diadetroit

Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts I was fortunate to attend the opening of a community art exhibition called "Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos" and to watch a performance of the Ballet Folklórico de Detroit perform against the backdrop of Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals. It was the perfect opportunity to take portraits for my "Families in Detroit" photo project. Thank you to all who posed for me.