5th annual VIA Music & New Media Festival 10/1 – 10/5

VIAfestThe 5th annual VIA Music & New Media Festival kicked off last night, with audio-visual events at Cattivo (opening party), The Shop (see below), Altar Bar (Real Estate) & Rex Theater (Boban Marković Orchestra)!

AV SHOWCASE/ The Rex Theater1602 E Carson St 

  • DEAFHEAVEN (US/San Fran)
    Known for their epic and emotional sound, this post-metal trio from San Francisco sit atop Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” list for their 2013 sophomore album Sunbather. Coming off an international tour that has burst eardrums across Europe and the US, Pittsburgh is next. Get tickets here.
  • LITURGY (US/New York City)
    Transcendental black metal. Citing Swans, Glenn Branca, and Lightning Bolt as influences, Liturgy uses every instrument, literal or figurative, to produce meaning and intensity, disregarding the genre boundaries of black metal, hardcore and experimental music. Intensely physical performances. Get tickets here.
  • SLICES (US/Pittsburgh)
    “Aggressive hardcore punk with just enough weirdness” Slices is a Pittsburgh outfit through and through. Get tickets here.

SCREENING: Row House Cinema4115 Butler St.
FROM DEEP *Pittsburgh premiere!*
Coming home after a year of racking up awards and praise, Brett Kashmere’s ambitious documentary is part sociological treatise, part audiovisual mix-tape, charting the three-decade love affair between basketball and rap. Drawing its imagery from contemporary pick-up games, movies, music videos, video games, and spectacular sports footage, FROM DEEP is about the game of basketball and its profound role in American life – as an everyday street game played by millions around the country; a force in fashion, music, and mass media; and a platform for broader issues of race and class. Get tickets here.

Thank You Pittsburgh!

WHAT A DAY! A day that could not have been possible without the efforts of so many artists and makers, Hands-on Handmaders, sponsors, volunteers, Convention Center staffers, music makers and curators, entertainers, and, of course, shoppers! We are so thankful for everyone who was a part of our massive 10th show. Stay tuned for images of the days events and the announcement of HA:2014’s date!


October 20: DIY Days With Handmade Arcade and Jason Kirker

kirkatureJoin craftsman Jason Kirker, of Kirkiture at Assemble, for a hands on workshop.  Participants will have the opportunity to create an original pendant lighting fixture using one of Kirker’s newest designs as a model for inspiration and structure. Through the use of shape and repetition participants will design and construct their own hanging fixture from mat board.

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Place: Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1636
Sign for the free workshop here. Space is limited. 

DIY Days with Handmade Arcade

In celebration of our Decade of DIY, Handmade Arcade is hosting three hands-on, interactive learning workshops. Recommended high school students or craft artists ages 14 and up.

Sunday, September 22: Screen Printing with Allison Glancey of strawberryluna
Sunday, October 20: Custom woodworking with Jason Kirker of Kirkiture
Sunday November 10: J
ewelry-making with Lynne Kropinak, of Charmed by Nature and the Travelling Pittsburgh Craft-O-Tron


September 22: Join HA as we host Pittsburgh based designer, illustrator and screen printer Allison Glancey, of strawberryluna*, at Artists Image Resource (AIR) for a workshop in screen printing. During the workshop, Allison will demonstrate the art of screen printing, and discuss her business and work as an artist.  You will learn to print Allison’s custom designs on coasters, and will design and screen print your own single color design on both paper and fabric (shirt provided by Handmade Arcade; or bring your own plain t-shirt to ensure fit).

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Place: Artists Image Resource (AIR), 518 Foreland St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
The workshops are recommended high school students or craft artists ages 14 and up.
strawberryluna is Allison Glancey & Craig Seder – a pair of designers, illustrators, and screen printers as well as music and film nerds based in Pittsburgh, PA.


kirkatureOctober 20: Join HA as we host artist Jason Kirker, of Kirkiture at Assemble Gallery, in Garfield. Jason will demonstrate his creative process using reclaimed wood to create original housewares, such as lamps and custom woodworking projects. You will gain insight into Jason’s techniques while creating a piece of functional art.

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Place: Assemble Gallery, 5125 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1636
Sign Up Coming Soon

charmedbynatureNovember 10: HA hosts Canonsburg-based artist Lynne Kropinak, of Charmed by Nature and the Travelling Pittsburgh Craft-O-Tron, at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. Participants will explore the art of jewelry-making using recycled and repurposed items.

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Place: Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
214 North Lexington Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Sign Up Coming Soon

Knit the Bridge Art Party

Last year at Hands-on Handmade, our attendees knitted squares for the Knit the Bridge project. Now it is time to celebrate its success! Join us at the Knit the Bridge Art Party on Sunday, August 25th, from 3 to 7 p.m. Hope to see you all there!

Visit us at Maker Faire this Sunday

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is this Sunday, August 18th, from 10 to 4 at the Children’s Museum!

We join nearly 70 makers in showcasing projects focusing on 3D technology, robotics, rideables, electronics, sustainable living, hacking, and more! From low tech to high tech, you can make hand-sewn pins with a needle and thread, or turn an old t-shirt into a tote bag via sewing machine! Bring your own t-shirt, or use one of ours!