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! 

Local Sponsors keep Pittsburgh unique

shoplocalLocal businesses are the backbone of our great city. Dedicated to working hard while sharing their passions, these local businesses are this year’s Thimble Sponsors for Handmade Arcade: 2015. We are excited and pleased to call them friends and supporters. Please support them by shopping local everyday!

Thank You to our 2015 Local Sponsors: 

After you shop at Handmade Arcade visit GPAC Framer’s Market!

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For anyone planning to purchase posters, prints & other 2D artwork at Handmade Arcade, we recommend that you also check out this fantastic FRAMER’S MARKET, hosted by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council right down the street from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The event takes place on Saturday, December 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Quality frames of all sizes will be for sale at super low prices! Attendees can also learn helpful hints about framing and preservation from art conservator Ana Alba and art handler and Art on the Walls coordinator, Erin O’Neill.

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Spotlight on artist Kara Reid: creating the event artwork & identity for HA:2015

posterartLast Winter, 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.

“I definitely wanted to do something that conveyed the innovative spirit of all these crafters,” says Reid, sharing her vision.

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All Things Tech and Geekery at Handmade Arcade

Handmade Arcade vendors have different ways of crafting their works of art. When technology and video games are involved, the creative process takes a unique and fascinating turn. From laser cutters, to palm sized computers, look for all kinds of technology inspired crafts at Handmade Arcade!

Retro Built Games, KerfCase, 1UP Gallery and PuzzlePax are a few Handmade Arcade vendors who are using technology and video games to create their works.

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Celebrate Small Business Saturday at Boutique 208

Join us on Saturday, November 28th at 5 p.m. for a make-and-take herbal infusion demonstration with Apothecary Muse! In support of our local vendors and sponsors, Handmade Arcade is excited to host a Meet the Maker night at Boutique 208, located at 208 6th Street in Downtown (across the street from Heinz Hall). 

Join Eryn Hughes of Apothecary Muse at 5 p.m. for a Hands-on Handmade Demo. Learn about herbal oil infusions. Select and prepare herbs and oils to collect and infuse in labeled jars, discover the healing properties of plants, gain a new sense of respect for nature, explore your own health and well-being, and learn about the significance of locally grown plants.

This is a FREE make and take demo while supplies last. To find out more about what Boutique 208 is offering for shoppers on Small Business Saturday, visit their Facebook page.

Handmade Arcade will also be raffling off 2 Early Birdie tickets and our new tote-bag to one lucky winner! Join us on Small Business Saturday! Shop Small! Shop Local! 

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Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors!

Handmade Arcade is grateful for our sponsors. Because of their on-going and generous support, we are able to bring you our annual event. Every year, Handmade Arcade pushes itself to the limit of creativity and strives to be on the Cutting Edge of Craft. The support we receive is humbling and encourages us to continue moving forward. Thank you.

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