Set those CRAFTY CLOCKS!

 Hey crafters, makers, designers, DIY artists . . . and other cool people! There are only TWO days left to apply to be a vendor at Handmade Arcade! 

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of Pittsburgh’s biggest, brightest, bestest indie craft fair. Apply today!

What’s in store this year? More than 150 juried vendors, nearly 10,000 patrons, a central location in fabulous Downtown Pittsburgh, an Early Birdie shopping preview, and more!

Hurry–applications close at 11:59 PM on Friday, August 18, 2017–we’re excited to see what you’re making! NEW to crafting? Returning after a craft hiatus? Check out our brand new Craft Corridor option!

NEW in 2017! Craft Corridor at Handmade Arcade

Did you know that HANDMADE ARCADE has a brand new application option for first-time vendors and emerging and re-emerging makers?

Handmade Arcade is celebrating our grassroots history and mission by offering a new opportunity to EMERGING and RE-EMERGING craft artists with a limited number of smaller tables at the reduced price of $150. Craft Corridor applications will undergo the same jury process as standard full-price vendor applications.

Craft Corridor set-up details:

  • This is a smaller display space restricted to a 6-by-2.5-foot table and 2 chairs.
  • Additional display restrictions will be sent to accepted vendors.
  • Electricity will NOT be available in this section.

Craft Corridor applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. You have never been a vendor at a juried craft fair OR you have not been a vendor at a juried craft fair in the last 5 years.
  2. You are not currently selling your wares in any brick-and-mortar stores.
  3. You will be part of the Handmade Arcade Street Team which includes distributing posters and postcards and posting to social media.
  4. You may NOT also apply to Handmade Arcade as a full-price vendor. Double applicants will be disqualified in both applicant pools.

All Handmade Arcade Vendor Applications are open until 11:59 p.m. on August 18, 2017.


  • Before applying, carefully read the Application Instructions and FAQ page.
  • Handmade Arcade is a juried, curated marketplace.
  • Notifications will be sent on September 20, 2017.
  • Late applications will not be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Food vendors are not permitted to sell at Handmade Arcade.

 

Calling all crafters, designers, makers and DIY artists!

Handmade Arcade 2017 Vendor Applications are open until 11:59 p.m. on August 18, 2017.

  • Before applying, carefully read the Application Instructions and FAQ page.
  • Handmade Arcade is a juried, curated marketplace.
  • Notifications will be sent on September 20, 2017.
  • Late applications will not be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Food vendors are not permitted to sell at Handmade Arcade.

How much does it cost to apply to Handmade Arcade? 

  • $10 non-refundable application fee
  • $240 Standard Vendor Space (8-by-8-foot display space with 8-by-2.5-foot table, 2 chairs and NO set-up restrictions)
  • $150 Craft Corridor Vendor Space (6-by-2.5-foot table, 2 chairs, set-up restrictions and application requirements)

NEW IN 2017!
Apply for CRAFT CORRIDOR at Handmade Arcade
Handmade Arcade is celebrating our grassroots history and mission by offering this new limited opportunity for EMERGING and RE-EMERGING craft artists to apply for a smaller space at a reduced cost of $150. Craft Corridor applications will undergo the same jury process as standard full-price vendor applications. Click here for Craft Corridor requirements and set-up details.

Youth Maker Scholarships
Handmade Arcade will also offer a limited number of Youth Maker Scholarships with applications opening on Friday, August 11, 2017 at handmadearcade.com


WHY APPLY TO HANDMADE ARCADE 2017?

  • $275,000 in vendor sales (2016)
  • Exposure to 9,000+ attendees
  • Extensive media coverage reaching 1 million+ people annually
  • 10,000+ social media followers
  • Participation in Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, and one of the region’s most popular and anticipated annual events
  • Inclusion in Pittsburgh’s premier network of craft-based makers as well as the
    national indie craft scene
  • Invitations to ongoing outreach events and opportunities

Handmade Arcade 2015. Photo by Joey Kennedy.

Hands-on Handmade Applications now OPEN!

Call for craft-based artists, makers, demonstrators, educators to lead interactive and innovative projects for the public during Handmade Arcade on December 2, 2017.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, July 14, 2017.
Notification of acceptance will be rolling until all spots are filled.


Hands-on Handmade (HOHA), a participatory component to Handmade Arcade (HA), offers a variety of drop-in and daylong interactive programs including craft demonstrations, mini-tutorials, make-and-take activities, craft competitions and art installations. Participants gain exposure to Handmade Arcade’s 9,000+ attendees.

HOHA is designed to:
• bridge the gap between consumers and creators
• engage attendees and vendors in a shared creative process
• increase awareness about handmade art, locally-produced craft goods and processes
• provide a platform for artists and organizations to expand their reach into the community

APPLY TODAY! Spots are limited. 

Handmade Arcade is excited to participate in two events during Pittsburgh’s Inclusive Innovation Week!

Inclusive Innovation provides equal access to products and services with new technologies, ideas, personnel and inventions to meet complex challenges and higher standards.

Discover more about Pittsburgh’s Roadmap to Inclusive Innovation and view the online events calendar.


THE CUTTING EDGE OF CRAFT MAKER HAPPY HOUR
WITH HANDMADE ARCADE AND SPOOL

When: Tuesday, April 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Spool, 816 E Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15210
Visit our Facebook event page to learn more!


Interior of Spool

Join local makers, Handmade Arcade’s creative team and Spool’s independent business owners for a night of making, craft, community and conversation. Light refreshments will be served. (Beer courtesy of Rock Bottom Brewery.)

Hear firsthand experiences from veteran Handmade Arcade vendors and organizers, and learn about how to apply for the next event on December 2, 2017 (applications open June 18).

HA 2016 Youth Scholarship Table Winners

Make your own wearable creations, such as fabric covered pins and hair accessories, from a variety of Spool materials. Learn about creative reuse and upcycling, and receive information about classes and events at the shop.

Discover exciting new opportunities with Handmade Arcade for emerging artistic entrepreneurs, including Youth Scholarships and Hands-on Handmade workshops.


THE ART OF SCALING YOUR HANDMADE BUSINESS
When: Thursday, April 6th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: East End Cooperative Ministry, 6140 Station St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
RSVP on Eventbrite


A free workshop and discussion that will help small business owners of handcrafted goods learn how to grow and scale their business. Suppliers will have time to network with other entrepreneurs and market channels. Learn from successful entrepreneurs, manufacturing experts and craft business leaders about pricing for profit, sourcing materials, negotiating, marketing through subscription boxes and other channels.

Refreshments and on-site childcare will be provided (childcare is limited, please pre-register).

The Art of Scaling event is especially aimed at beauty product businesses, but if you make and sell handcrafted items and want to make more products so you can make more money, this is for you! Registration is required.

Sponsored by: Innovation Works, MONMADE, and the East End Cooperative Ministry

Partners: AlphaLab Gear, Diversamé, Handmade Arcade, Kiva Pittsburgh, Minority Networking Exchange, NsideOut Spaces, Wildcard, ZaaBox.

HANDMADE ARCADE 2016 is here!

Are you ready? We are! Here are TEN tips on how to navigate Handmade Arcade 2016.

1. Plan your shopping day by visiting our online Vendor list and Handmade Arcade 2016 Vendor and Sponsor Floor Map.  iPhone & iPad users can easily preview Vendors and access an interactive floor map in the Booth Scout mobile app ($0.99 in-app purchase).

2. Do NOT miss Hands-on Handmade – our thoughtfully curated activity area. Eighteen local artists, art collectives, and nonprofits will lead engaging activities, demos, tutorials, games, and more. And it’s all free for all ages.

3. What’s new this year? New tote bags, Pittsburgh Camper BoothBooth Scout Mobile App and Local DJs. Get all the details on our Shopping information page.

4. Visit the Raffle table! Enter to win one of 20 gift packages generously donated by our vendors and sponsors. Tickets can be purchased for $5, $10 or $20. Each basket has over $100 worth of merchandise!Along with the gift baskets, you can win a BirdSafe Pittsburgh gift basket with an item from each of the artists (value of $385) and 2 six-month memberships from generously donated from TechShop Pittsburgh available to win!

5. Be the one “in the know” and tell all your friends, neighbors, family, co-workers and even the stranger on the bus about this once-a-year, one-of-a-kind shopping extravaganza. Please share our official Facebook Event Page! 

6. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages are free for the day. The closest PPA Garage is the Grant Street Transportation Center.
(Traffic Alert from WPXI – Ft. Duquesne Bridge Ramp Closure.) 

7. Connect with us via social networking! If you have not already done so, please like and follow Handmade Arcade on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @handmadearcade and share your own event photos using the hashtag #handmadearcade2016.

8. Remember to support our sponsors! Handmade Arcade wouldn’t exist without their support.

9. Extra, extra, read all about us! Visit our Press page to see what is being said in print, online and on the airwaves about Handmade Arcade.

10. Most importantly HAVE FUN and shop your hearts out!

FINAL SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

For our final SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT for the 2016 event, Handmade Arcade would like to acknowledge four long-time sponsors whose contributions of support have helped to shape and bolster Handmade Arcade into the highly-anticipated event that is has become.

pca300Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Celebrating 50 years, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fosters excellence, diversity, and vitality of the arts through their extensive grant programs. These programs broaden the availability and appreciation of the arts throughout the state. PCA has given funding to Handmade Arcade for nearly all of our 13 years. Thank you!


The Sprout Fund: Making our region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family, The Sprout Fund is Pittsburgh’s leading agency in supporting innovative ideas and catalyzing community change. Their programming and project support is responsible for so many amazing events. Handmade Arcade began with a Seed Award in 2004 and has been supported nearly every year since by The Sprout Fund. Their on-going sponsorship has allowed us to add interactive programming such as our Hands-on Handmade activity area. Thank you!


portauthority_smallPort Authority: Not just a hub of public transportation, but also a supporter of our community. Port Authority plays an increasingly significant role in economic development efforts and community vitality within Pittsburgh and throughout Allegheny County communities. Their transportation services connect people to events, community, and life. Every year, Port Authority underwrites our full-page ad in the City Paper AND transports shoppers to Handmade Arcade. Thank you! 


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Yelp: Search for everything from the city’s tastiest burger to the most renowned cardiologist. Yelp is the best way to find great businesses in Pittsburgh! What will you uncover in your neighborhood? Thank you to Yelp for having Handmade Arcade as a Weekly Yelp Sponsor. Visit the Yelp table at Handmade Arcade for more information. Thank you!

Every year, Handmade Arcade is humbled by the support and generosity of our sponsors. Please take the time to visit their websites and discover the work they are doing in our region. Pittsburgh is an amazing place to live, work, play, and craft. We are overjoyed every day to part of the city’s growth. Thank you!

Flock Together: Team Up with HA Artists to Save Birds

Here’s another great way to love our town: love our wildlife! This year at Handmade Arcade (HA), local artists are teaming up on behalf of birds, and they’re making it fun and easy for you to join their life-saving effort.

Birds are beautiful … and vulnerable. In the US alone, up to 1 billion birds annually meet their demise after colliding with windows. Local artist and HA vendor Ashley Cecil, inspired by the bird conservation efforts of Powdermill Avian Research Center and BirdSafe Pittsburgh, hatched a plan. She set out to unite local artists to help Pittsburghers join the bird-saving effort. Their creations will debut at Handmade Arcade to raise funds and awareness for birds.

If you love birds, check out these special items:

• Infinity Scarf ($99) and 2’x4’ Coloring Poster ($22) by Ashley Cecil

Ashley’s work features illustrations of six bird species most susceptible to window collision fatalities. Wrap yourself in the delicate beauty of the Monongahela Warbler and other feathered friends, or bring home a coloring poster featuring the same flock.

• 6”x6” Tin Collage ($45) by Kim Fox of Workerbird
Kim compares her tin constructions to contemporary quilting. Her unique bird collage combines the rustic textures of aged wood and the rich patina of old tins.

• Stud Earrings ($40) and Bird Ornament ($155) by Gillian Preston of Broken Plates
Gillian created these delicate pieces in a hot glass studio, where she added layers of bold colors to molten glass and cut out striking shapes before polishing them into their final forms.

• Tea towel ($29) by Kirsten Lowe-Rebel of KLoRebel
Meet Randy, the Yellowthroat warbler and real-life inspiration behind Kirsten’s tea towel. Randy hangs around her studio, she says, but he’d like to be “out in the world serving some serious dirty martinis.”

• 16”x22” Silkscreen Print ($30) by Allison Glancey of strawberryluna
Allison loves birds and strives to produce clean, bright, happy, and modern pieces of art that are affordable to all. We think her silkscreen flock fits the bill.

Like what you see? See these items make their debut at the vendor booths. Limited sets of all seven products can be purchased at the discounted price of $395 at http://www.ashleycecil.com/shop and picked up at Handmade Arcade.

Handmade Arcade shoppers will also have an opportunity to speak with local ornithologists in person, and learn about ways to volunteer and help save birds—all while coloring a mural of birds most vulnerable to window collisions.

And don’t forget to check out the HA raffles for a special customized basket with just bird-safe items!

Ready to shop and help our feathered friends? We’ll see you at Handmade Arcade!

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: MONMADE

monmadeartistsHandmade Arcade is excited to welcome brand-new sponsor MONMADE to our event!

MONMADE connects you to local craftspeople and the products they make with heart and skill.

MONMADE offers handmade solutions to your personal or professional design challenges. We help you discover and collaborate with the creative people making specialty goods in Pittsburgh. Whether its glass pendant lights for a major development or a ceramic cup for a good friend, MONMADE lets you keep it local.

Visit monmade.org and sign up to support the rebirth and redefinition of Pittsburgh manufacturing.

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