APPLICATIONS to Handmade Arcade are OPEN!

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The crafty countdown is ON … HANDMADE ARCADE is calling all crafters, designers, makers and DIY artists. 

Apply today to be a part of Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, one of the city’s most anticipated annual events, held this year on Saturday, December 8.

Vendor applications are open now through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018.

Application Options:

We have some exciting new surprises in store for HA:18.

Keep up with all of our announcements and details by visiting our website and Facebook page, and following us on Instagram and Twitter.

Here’s a sneak peek:

  • Handmade Arcade is hosting its first-ever Friday-night fundraiser before our big event. The Cutting Edge: A Fundraiser for Handmade Arcade will take place on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., inside our event space at the convention center. This exciting opportunity will allow participating vendors to load-in early on Friday afternoon, sell their wares at no extra charge during our benefit, and mingle with HA shoppers, organizers, supporters and sponsors.
  • The event is returning to the upper-level floor of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Hall B offers natural light, expanded space, and access to a spacious lobby and balcony with river and city views.

Handmade Arcade 2017 was a record-breaking year. We:

  • Welcomed 10,000+ attendees
  • Hosted 172 exceptional vendors
  • Offered 17 Hands-on Handmade Activities for all ages
  • Piloted a new Youth Maker Scholarship Program mentoring seven high school students
  • Launched a Craft Corridor track for emerging artists
  • Sold-out of Early Birdie Passes earlier than ever before
  • Finalized our nonprofit status
  • Exceeded 10,000 followers on Facebook and 5,000 followers on Instagram
  • Participated in community outreach events
  • … and more!

We hope that you all have a sunny, happy and very crafty summer!
– Handmade Arcade Planning Committee

Handmade Arcade 2015, Hall C
photo by Joey Kennedy

April’s Final Crafty Happenings Installment

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With so many events happening this April, Handmade Arcade doesn’t want you to miss a thing. We compiled a list for April 19 – 30 to keep you in the crafty loop.  Get up, get out and get creative!

MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS: 

Construction Junction Earth Month Celebration: Through April 28
Construction Junction continues its Earth Month Celebration with daily events to encourage reuse and sustainability in Pittsburgh. Visit CJReuse.org for the entire calendar of events.

Join Handmade Arcade organizers for a Pop-Up Shop at Construction Junction on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. 

The HA Pop-up Shop will feature items for sale made by HA organizers such as aprons, coasters, explorations in plastic canvas and felt, accessories, t-shirts, greeting cards, collections of odds and ends and junk-inspired doo-dads and more. Stop by to shop, say hello and make a tiny flower with vintage buttons and wires. (A portion of the proceeds will be invested back into HA to support the organization’s Youth Maker Scholarship Program, Craft Corridor for emerging artists, and Hands-on Handmade Activity Area for all ages)

Pittsburgh Earth Day: April 18 – 21
From Steel to Sustainable is a citywide celebration dedicated to educating, inspiring, and celebrating sustainability in the region. Visit PittsburghEarthDay.org for a complete list of events.

FULLTIME PGH:  April 19 – 29
A 10-day citywide collection of individually planned events created by separate hosts and promoted unilaterally as a single unit — with the goal of highlighting the wide array of creative culture and entrepreneurial spirit modern Pittsburgh has to offer. Visit FULLTIMEPGH.com for a complete list of events.

JFilm Festival at SouthSide Works Cinema: April 26 – May 6
The annual JFilm Festival presents international Jewish-themed films that deepen audiences’ understanding of Jewish culture, tolerance, and our common humanity. Visit Filmpittsburgh.org for a complete list of films at the JFilm Festival.

Art All Night Saturday: Starting on April 28 at 4 p.m. and ending on Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m.
Free, 22-hour art festival featuring non-censored, non-juried artwork from hundreds of local artists.

PGH PHOTO FAIR: April 28 – 29
Pittsburgh’s only art fair promoting photography within the contemporary and fine art market. This year, PGH Photo Fair hosts 14 internationally known dealers and photography projects.Visit PGHPhotoFair.com for details.

SINGLE DAY EVENTS:

Sweetwater Center for the Arts presents SPRING LUXE
April 26, 9 a.m – 9 p.m.

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District
April 27, 5:30 – 10 p.m.

Art for Change: The Auction to Benefit Persad Center
April 30, 6 – 11 p.m.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Offers FREE Membership to Southwestern Pennsylvania Artists
Since launching the new Free Artist Membership program last week, approximately 60 new members have already joined the GPAC network. Artists may sign up to become members free of charge, and will receive member benefits such as: discounted legal and business consulting, art supplies, professional development, free networking, and more.

Fresh on the Scene: Youth Makers at Handmade Arcade 2017

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– By Jolene Miklas Schneider

This year, we are extremely proud to debut our new Youth Maker Scholarship Program and present our 2017 scholarship recipients —  eight young artists with passion, talent, creativity and outstanding handmade products — who will be showcased in our new Youth Maker Alley at Handmade Arcade! As part of the new pilot program, each student is provided with free booth space and ongoing mentoring.

We’re so sure that you’ll love their work, and we are excited to share this sneak peek of what some of our youngest vendors will sell at Handmade Arcade:

Meet Jeramaya Gramby of Against the Odds Clothing Co. Jeramaya has big ambitions to pursue investment banking and start his own private equity firm. A junior at Shadyside Academy, he’s passionate about crafts and the maker community. He says, “I attended the Three Rivers Arts Festival earlier this year, and to see that the maker community follows their passion by producing high-quality products and takes the risk and responsibility to do so, amazed me.”

Kimari Young is excited to take her business, Allaure Textiles, to Atlanta, GA after graduating from Penn Hills High School in spring 2018. Kimari uses multiple techniques such as shibori and ashari dyeing, as well weaving, to create unique and beautiful textile pieces. For Kimari, ALLAURE symbolizes love, care and an artistic way for everyone to join together in unity to teach respect and appreciation to our neighbors and their cultures. From scarves, wall hangings and pillows, to matching skirt and top outfits, you’ll be proud to own a piece from ALLAURE!

B.Bourgeois is the creation of Angeleia Hall, a senior at the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy. Whether it be a tiny backpack or a colorful zippered pouch, Angeleia loves the satisfaction of creating something of her very own. Stop by and see what amazing things Angeleia has created for Handmade Arcade.

Christina Miller of The Beauty Within Company is motivated. This dance major at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA) plans to study nursing and become a neonatal nurse one day. She’s already started her own business and sells clocks, wall decor and jewelry boxes containing motivational messages. Come see her laser-cut wooden pieces and take home a little inspiration!

Arianna Allen, a senior at Oakland Catholic, is passionate about the environment. She hopes to study Marine and Environmental Sciences and dedicate her life to preserving the planet for all living things. Nature plays a big role in her art. Arianna created Persephone Jewelry Co. when she couldn’t find affordable jewelry that she actually wanted to wear. Now, you can enjoy her one-of-a-kind pieces made from gemstones, bamboo, resin and more. Gaze into a moonstone pendant or ponder the calming properties of pink aventurine in a bamboo necklace.

Arianna shares a booth with her friend and fellow jewelry maker, Handuo Chen, of Chenamboo. Handuo, an 11th grade student at Montour High School, came to America from China two years ago. She’s proud to share a cultural influence via her work: bamboo jewelry laser-cut with Chinese patterns and greeting cards with drawings rich in cultural meaning. Minimalists will appreciate her simple bamboo stud earrings cut into geometric shapes. Flashier fashionistas can make an entrance wearing dangly bamboo earrings that make sweet, tinkling sounds!

Aaron Evangelista returns to Handmade Arcade with his company DuraNotebook. In 2016, Aaron was one of two youth makers selling at Handmade Arcade. Aaron graduated from Baldwin High School in June and is the 2017 regional Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner from Ernst & Young. Since graduation, Aaron has been busy growing his DuraNotebook business into a 3D printing company. Aaron is the recipient of a special Youth Maker Alley table sponsored by Modesto Studios. His notebooks feature “a living hinge” a solid piece of wood with staggered cuts that allows the wood to be flexible and strong. His covers feature designs from sacred geometry to lively doodles.  

Justine Szurley, a senior at Seneca Valley Senior High School, has something to say. So she created HMR (Hear Me Roar) Apparel a handmade clothing line that promotes gender equality and female empowerment. She says, “I grew up with hearing the word ‘girl’ used as an insult … ‘Girl’ should be used to mean strong, confident and capable.” Justine hopes to reach girls and young women who have faced discrimination and harassment to empower them with t-shirts emblazoned with messages like “Girl is Not an Insult,” “Alpha Female” and more.

All of this year’s Youth Maker Scholarship winners are graduates of Startable Pittsburgh’s summer program.

If you would like to receive updates about Handmade Arcade’s Youth Maker Scholarship Program, join our email list.