Eastern Market: A Hub for Creative Inspiration

by | Aug 2, 2017 | Creative Destinations

When it comes to produce, apparel, wine, meats and other miscellaneous household items; they can all be found in Eastern Market. And if you’ve ever visited the market on a Saturday, you know that there is no shortage of excited shoppers and unique experiences all around.

Have you ever attempted to capture a photo and stepped in the path of a mom-on-a-mission pushing a baby stroller? Or almost tripped over a garbage can because your gaze is fixed on the products of a vendor table? Although the hustle and bustle of Eastern Market during a weekend visit is an incredible experience,  we’ve decided to list a few ways to get your creative wheels turning in the market during a quieter weekday.  ( Note: There is a farmers market currently taking place every Tuesday through September, but it only last from 9am -3pm in sheds 2 &3.)

CREATE A NEW COLOR PALETTE WITH ADOBE CAPTURE CC

Have you ever seen a design and wanted to sample its color palette? Adobe Capture CC lets you do just that. First, use your mobile device to snap a photo. You can then use the app to create color palettes, vector shapes, and patterns. It is truly a handy tool that puts the power of creativity right at your fingertips.

Use Adobe Capture to discover fun and unique color schemes and patterns. (Mural: Jonny Alexander)

CREATE WITH ADOBE CAPTURE CC

Have you ever seen a design and wanted to sample its color palette? Adobe Capture CC lets you do just that. First, use your mobile device to snap a photo. You can then use the app to create color palettes, vector shapes, and patterns. It is truly a handy tool that puts the power of creativity right at your fingertips.

Use Adobe Capture  to discover fun and unique color schemes and patterns. (Mural: Jonny Alexander)

INTERPRET YOUR FAVORITE MURAL 

If you’ve ever wanted to feel more connected with beautiful artwork here is your chance. Spend some time reflecting on your favorite mural and what the artist was trying to convey. Giving some deeper thought into interpreting the artwork may help to get your creative wheels turning.

Interpreting your favorite mural may help you generate new ideas. (Mural: Nosego x Woes)

PRACTICE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS

Now that you have the market all to yourself (figuratively speaking), use this time to practice capturing all the great photos you want at your leisure. Not having so much activity around you will give you the time you need to focus on making sure those ISO and aperture settings are just right to photograph the beauty that is Eastern Market.

Photographing visuals around the market will help hone your photography skills.

PRACTICE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS

Now that you have the market all to yourself (figuratively speaking), use this time to practice capturing all the great photos you want at your leisure. Not having so much activity around you will give you the time you need to focus on making sure those ISO and aperture settings are just right to photograph the beauty that is Eastern Market.

Photographing visuals around the market will help hone your photography skills.

EXPLORE RETAIL SHOPS AND GALLERIES

As a creative, there may be times where you prefer to work alone, and times where you want to be a bit more social. If you’re looking for places in Eastern Market to mingle with creative peers, listed below are a few spots we’ve visited to get you on your way. (Note: This is not a complete listing of venues in the area.)

TRINOSOPHES

A well-designed cafe, gallery, and live performance space located on Gratiot and Russell. It offers tea, pour over coffee, and vegan friendly baked goods.

INNER STATE GALLERY

A contemporary studio space showcasing local and international artwork. The gallery hosts artist pop up shops, has an artist residency program, a publishing company (1xRUN), and print studio.

SIGNAL RETURN

A letterpress/retail shop located on Division Street. Shop handmade prints or sign up for a workshop to craft your own on a vintage press.

Red Bull HOUSE OF ART

Located on Winder Street, the Red Bull House of Art offers rotating residency programs for local and national artists. Gallery openings are fun and energetic.

 

 

EXPLORE RETAIL SHOPS AND GALLERIES

As a creative, there may be times where you prefer to work alone, and times where you want to be a bit more social. If you’re looking for places in Eastern Market to mingle with creative peers, listed below are a few spots we’ve visited to get you on your way. (Note: This is not a complete listing of venues in the area.)

TRINOSOPHES

A well-designed cafe, gallery, and live performance space located on Gratiot and Russell. It offers tea, pour over coffee, and vegan friendly baked goods.

INNER STATE GALLERY

A contemporary studio space showcasing local and international artwork. The gallery hosts artist pop up shops, has an artist residency program, a publishing company (1xRUN), and print studio.

SIGNAL RETURN

A letterpress/retail shop located on Division Street. Shop handmade prints or sign up for a workshop to craft your own on a vintage press.

Red Bull HOUSE OF ART

Located on Winder Street, the Red Bull House of Art offers rotating residency programs for local and national artists. Gallery openings are fun and energetic.

 

 

TO SUM IT ALL UP…

Working through a mental block is not always easy. Getting out and exploring Eastern Market gives you an opportunity to explore new venues, and can provide the inspiration needed to fuel your next creative project. What are some of your favorite places to visit in the market? Let us know in the comments!

 

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