Hands-on Handmade Activity Area 
Bridging the gap between consumers and creators

A core community component of Handmade Arcade’s annual event is our Hands-on Handmade activity area. Situated within the marketplace, the Hands-on Handmade provides a FREE “craft lab” environment which offers a wide variety of innovative art, craft and tech activities — from yarn bombing to creative-reuse projects — through tutorials, public-art projects, games, large-scale installations, and hands-on workshops.

Hands-On Handmade is carefully curated and designed to be accessible for all ages, skill levels and genders. Serving over 4,000 participants in one day, Hands-on Handmade creatively addresses the following:

  • the use of craft and making as a mean of community engagement
  • the conceptual practices of making something by hand
  • the spirit of collaboration and creative expression
  • the application of craft-based techniques and materials

Applications to participate in 2019’s Hands-on Handmade Activity Area will open in April 2019. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are full.