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!


Penn Avenue Arts in Motion – upcoming Pittsburgh vending opportunity

Penn Avenue Arts in Motion is seeking artists, artisans, makers and crafters to participate in the first annual Penn Avenue Arts in Motion Fair, on June 15, 2013 from 12-6 p.m.

The fair will take place on Penn Avenue between Pacific and Atlantic. In addition to vendors, music and dance performances will occur throughout the day.

The participation fee is $25 for a 10×10 booth space, $40 with a table provided, or $225 with a tent and table provided. Please send an email to pennavenueartsinitiative@gmail.com to reserve a space by April 15, 2013. Include all information about your art, wares objects or products as well as contact information and whether you will need a table and/or tent to be reserved. Questions? Call Samantha McDonough at 412-389-5521.

Listen local while you shop local!

Your live soundtrack for buying handmade! Spinning rare & righteous tunes while you shop for the coolest locally made wares! Shop, shop, shop while the needle drops!
Music schedule:

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Instead of Sleeping (In the lobby outside of the hall)
11:30 – 1:30 p.m. DJ David Pohl
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. DJs J. Malls & Michael Seamans of Pgh Vinyl Con and Mind Cure Records
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. DJ Bad Seed
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. DJ The Garment District

About the DJs:

  • David Pohl: Roots to Branches: American Roots, Jazz, R&B and Soul music from the 1930′s – 1970′s
  • Jay Malls & Michael Seamans of the Pgh Vinyl Convention & Mind Cure RecordsSpinning rare vinyl records that you can find at Pgh Vinyl Con
  • Bad Seed: DJ Bad Seed will bring a kaleidoscopic mix of mid-to-late ’60s US garage and psych, as well as R&B and Freakbeat from the UK!
  • The Garment DistrictJennifer Baron will wrap up the day with a sweet mix of 1960s & 1970s psych-folk, soundtrack and Library music, original tunes, and 1980s pop. She will also sell her brand new 3-song 7″ out now on La Station Radar.

About the Band:
Instead of Sleeping has built up a strong reputation as an independent rock band touring regionally on their most recently released self-titled studio effort, out in mid-2010. They are now touring to promote the release of their upcoming album, “The Reds The Blacks The Grays”. The band has been privileged to share the stage with notable national acts “fun” and “The Dear Hunter”. Since 2010, Instead of Sleeping has evolved into a multi-instrumental outfit comprised to two drum kits, horns, keys, and a myriad of other sound that transforms the band from a traditional indie-rock quartet into a swelling stage presence that captivates audiences up and down the East Coast.

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