CALLING ALL CRAFTERS, ARTISTS and MAKERS in the 412 and beyond!

headiner_fewdaysleftAPPLY NOW to be a Handmade Arcade vendor at our next big event on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

Applications close at midnight on Friday, September 2, 2016.
Accepted applicants will be notified in early October.
Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, Handmade Arcade draws more than 8,500 attendees in ONE DAY.

We encourage new and returning vendors to apply to be a part of one of Pittsburgh’s most highly anticipated events.


GET CRAFTY WITH HANDS-ON HANDMADE! 

APPLY NOW to be a Hands-on Handmade participant.

Join our growing group of innovative craft artists, arts organizations, and demonstrators at Hands-on Handmade, featuring two-hour, half-day and daylong activities for all ages.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 21, 2016. Accepted applicants will be notified at the end of October. 


UPCOMING EVENTS
Come craft with us this fall at the following local community-based events and festivals:

Crafts and Drafts Record Hop
East End Brewing
Saturday, September 3, 12-5 PM
FREE and family friendly

Crafting and Drinking
Presented by Wigle Whiskey, Handmade Arcade and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse 
Wigle Distillery, 2401 Smallman Street
Every Wednesday in September, 5-8 PM
FREE demo series
First cocktail is complimentary.

  • September 7: Puppets and Palomas
  • September 4: Robots and Rum
  • September 21: Googly-Eyes and Gimlets
  • September 28: Mobiles and Manhattans

This event coincides with Pittsburgh’s Re:New Festival.

And also don’t miss:
Reclaim! 2016 Fall Edition

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Saturday, September 17, 11 AM- 6 PM

This event coincides with Pittsburgh’s Re:New Festival.

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS! 

Handmade Arcade 2016 applications ARE LIVE! Apply now to be a part of Pittsburgh’s most anticipated craft event of the year. Visit our online application at handmadearcade2016.artcall.org.

Fees:
$10 non-refundable application fee due immediately
$225 vendor fee for accepted vendors due by Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Applications close at midnight Friday, September 2, 2016. Accepted applicants will be notified in early October.

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Gotta Have It!

tmt_withcipGet your copy of Handmade Arcade’s Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book today!
As featured in on Pittsburgh’s Magazine’s “Gotta Have It” list, Things Making Things features 10 Pittsburgh-based artists and Handmade Arcade vendors.

Buy yours online today for $10!
(includes shipping and handling)

Whether you’re looking for some crafty stocking stuffers, need a one-of-a-kind find for that creative cousin or co-worker in your life—or you have not even made a dent in your gift list yet—we suggest you purchase a copy of Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book today!

All proceeds from the sale of Things Making Things will support Handmade Arcade’s educational and outreach activities, including Hands-on Handmade, DIY Days Workshops, outreach events, youth scholarships and more.

Look for HA at the Gallery Crawl on Friday, January 22

Handmade Arcade is excited to host a make-and-take herbal infusion demonstration at Boutique 208 during The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl on January 22nd.

Join Apothecary Muse’s Eryn Hughes in selecting and preparing herbs and oils to collect and infuse in labeled jars while discovering the healing properties of plants and gaining a new sense of respect for nature. (This is a FREE demo while supplies last.) Handmade Arcade will also be making vintage buttons. (Limit one per person.)

While at Boutique 208, shop their selection of local art and crafts and pick up a copy of Handmade Arcade’s coloring book “Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book.”

Visit our Facebook event page for details. Visit http://crawl.trustarts.org for detailed a list of events and spaces participating.

Wow, what a day!

JOEYKENNEDY-HDMA-2015-0176With more attendees, local and regional support and press coverage than ever—as well as a record number of vendor applications—Handmade Arcade 2015 was our biggest and best show to date.

We want to express heartfelt and massive thanks to ALL—vendors, sponsors, shoppers, volunteers, DJs, Hands-on Handmade artists, media, bloggers, photographers—who helped to make the day so magical!

The official Handmade Arcade images are now online for you to view. Take
some time to revisit one amazing day!

We are in still a daze from both exhaustion and inspiration, but we invite you all to visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds to see new photos and videos documenting the magnificent day, and please keep sharing your own memories using #handmadearcade2015 and @handmadearcade.


tmt_withcipDidn’t get a chance to attend Handmade Arcade or forgot to pick up a copy of our
new coloring book at the Welcome Tent? 

Buy yours online today for $10!
(includes shipping and handling)

Whether you’re looking for some crafty stocking stuffers, need a one-of-a-kind find for that creative cousin or co-worker in your life—or you have not even made a dent in your gift list yet—we suggest you purchase a copy of Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book today!

All proceeds from the sale of Things Making Things will support Handmade Arcade’s educational and outreach activities, including Hands-on Handmade, DIY Days Workshops, outreach events, youth scholarships and more.


 

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Thank you Pittsburgh!

With more shoppers, local support and press coverage than ever, Handmade Arcade 2015 was our biggest and best show to date. Thank you to ALL – vendors, sponsors, shoppers, volunteers, DJs, Hands-on Handmade demonstrators and organizers – who made the day magical! See you next year on Saturday, December 3. 

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Super panoramic view taken by David L. Lawrence Convention Center staff from the Hall C balcony at Handmade Arcade! ♥

HANDMADE ARCADE 2015 is here!

What you need to know to make your shopping day a success!


Directions and Parking:

Directions to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) can found on online here. The DLCC has a large parking lot with a low daily rate of $12 for the entire day. There are no in and out privileges.

Parking: Back again this year, FREE parking downtown in all Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages!

The three closest garages (within 2-3 blocks) of the Convention Center are:

  • Grant Transportation Center (part of Greyhound Bus station): Entrance on Penn Avenue, between 11th Street and 12th Street
  • Smithfield Liberty:  Entrances on Smithfield between Sixth Ave and Seventh Ave, or on Liberty at Ninth Street
  • Ninth and Penn: Entrance on Ninth Street, between Penn and Fort Duquesne Blvd.

Want to scout out the perfect parking spot? Download the ParkPGH app for real-time parking availability.


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Don’t forget to pick up your copy of our inaugural print publication, Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book, featuring original commissioned artwork by 10 Pittsburgh-based artists and Handmade Arcade vendors.
$10 each. 

Custom Screen-printed 2015 String Art Design

  • Tote-bags featuring our 2015 String Art Poster Design for $15 each.
  •  Limited number of screen-printed posters signed and numbered by the artist will be available for $20 each.

RAFFLES!
For the first time ever, Handmade Arcade will raffle off donated items from vendors and sponsors all day long. Items will include a gift certificate for a farm dinner as well as several happy hour tickets from Churchview Farm, several assortments of gifts from vendors, a Handmade Arcade gift basket (includes the coloring book, tote bag, t-shirt and more!), a vintage gift basket from Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer and much more! Tickets will be sold at the raffle table in the front of the room.


WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE! 

One last sponsor thank you before the big day arrives

finalsponsorEvery year, Handmade Arcade is humbled by the support and generosity of our sponsors. Please take the time to visit their websites and find out more about their work. Pittsburgh is an amazing place to live, work and play. We are overjoyed every day to part of the city’s growth. Thank you.

Wildcard: Located at 4209 Butler St. in Lawrenceville, Wildcard is the unofficial Handmade Arcade headquarters. Owner and co-committee member Rebecca Morris graciously allows to use their beautiful shop as a central hub for many HA related activities. From meetings, to drop-off points for vendors and printers, to selling Early Birdie passes and so much more, Wildcard’s on-going support is crucial to the success of Handmade Arcade. It is also one amazing store. Selling greeting cards, apparel, jewelry, Pittsburgh Gifts and home goods, Wildcard is a daily grouping of Handmade Arcade artists plus many more. We could NOT survive with out their support. Thank you!

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Big Support from Small Businesses

sponsor2Every year, Handmade Arcade is humbled by the support and generosity of our sponsors. Please take the time to visit their websites and find out more about their work. Pittsburgh is an amazing place to live, work and play. We are overjoyed every day to part of the city’s growth. Thank you.

Kara Reid Design: Pittsburgh-based artist and designer Kara Reid was selected to create the marketing materials and branding for this year’s 2015 Handmade Arcade. 900 nails and many yards of string later, Reid designed and hand-constructed two custom-made string and stencil painted art pieces. Her inventive and eye-catching concept radiates around and showcases Handmade Arcade’s signature “Scissor Girl” logo. The time, energy and love she spent shows through in beauty of her design. Thank you Kara!

Modesto Studios: Not being just another graphic design firm or local screen-print shop, Modesto Studios took Kara’s design and hand screen-printed this year’s tote-bags and 20 limited edition posters of her work. They also created the striking light-up sign of HA’s much loved “Scissor Girl” logo that you may have seen in various store fronts around the city. Brad and Stephanie are not only great friends of Handmade Arcade but wonderfully kind and passionate people. Their love for the work shines through in everything they do. Thank you Modesto Studios!

Churchview Farm: Respecting tradition and the ecosystem of the farm, Tara Rockacy, owner, raises food without the use of chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides. Churchview Farm employs sustainable agricultural practices and respects all aspects of the farm by nurturing the soil, treating the animals humanely, and complimenting the natural ecosystem. Handmade Arcade is thrilled to welcome Churchview Farm as a new sponsor. Visit the HA raffle table to win a gift certificate to a Farm Dinner or Happy Hour.  Thank you Churchview! Continue reading