Handmade Arcade is looking for 2015’s designer!

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) for Marketing and Branding Art for Handmade Arcade 2015

Handmade Arcade is currently soliciting proposals for marketing and branding art for Handmade Arcade 2015. Artwork will be submitted to Handmade Arcade to be used as the branding imagery for the 2015 event. Handmade Arcade will use the artwork in promotional materials such as posters, postcards, web elements, advertisements and more as needed.

Download the RFP here.

Today is the day!

HAshoppersThank you all for love and support. We can’t wait to see everyone today at HANDMADE ARCADE 2014! 

Here is some important information you may need to know: 

  • Admission is FREE!
  • The Vendors are ready for you. You can view a our Vendor Map here to find your favorite vendors or to discover new artists and crafters.
  • Directions to the David L. Convention Center (DLCC) can found on online here.
  • The DLCC has a large parking lot with a low daily of $10 for the day.
  • The garages run by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority will be FREE Saturday, December 6. For the complete list of free garages and information visit www.pittsburghparking.com.
  • Visit ParkPGH.org for real time parking garage updates!
  • Entrance to Handmade Arcade is through the West Lobby (across the street from the parking garage). View the map here.
  • INBOUND FORT PITT TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED this weekend. Find the detour directions here. 

The Organizers of Handmade Arcade want to thank everyone in Pittsburgh and beyond for your support. We work all year long to bring you this event and seeing it come to fruition with the fanfare and excitement makes the long hours well worth it.
ENJOY! AND THANK YOU!

 

Road Closures, Directions, Parking and more…

Directions to the David L. Convention Center (DLCC) can found on online here.
The DLCC has a large parking lot with a low daily of $10 for the day. There are no in and out privileges for our vendors. Info can be found here. 

MAJOR ROAD CLOSURE THAT WILL AFFECT YOUR DRIVE!

Vendors and shoppers who are planning to drive into Pittsburgh from the west on I-376, through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and across the Fort Pitt Bridge into downtown should be advised that the INBOUND FORT PITT TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED this weekend from 10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 5, through Sunday.
The detour is:
From eastbound I-376 (Parkway West) take the ramp to North US 19/Route 51 West End (Exit 69C)
  • Follow northbound Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard)
  • Exit towards Route 837
  • Stay in right lane to South Route 837/East I-376
  • Continue on southbound Route 837 (West Carson Street)
  • Take the ramp to East I-376/North I-279 onto the Fort Pitt Bridge
  • End detour
Once you’re on the Fort Pitt Bridge , continue into town and toward Convention Center as planned.

FREE PARKING!
The garages run by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority will be FREE Saturday, December 6. (This does NOT include the parking garage at the Convention Center.) 

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.

For the complete list of free garage and information visit www.pittsburghparking.com.

Visit ParkPGH.org for real time parking garage updates!

There will be music and dancing!

musicProviding the sweet jams while you shop + make at Handmade Arcade on Saturday will be Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band and DJs Pandemic, Bad Seed & The Garment District!


Be near the front doors at 1:30 p.m. to enjoy a FESTIVE LIVE performance by Continuum Dance Theater.

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Welcome First Time Vendors!

Each year Handmade Arcade carefully reviews our applicants for new and original vendors to bring their unique wares to sell. This year is no different. Handmade Arcade is excited to welcome NEW vendors House of Pingting, Woollow, theBird+theBeard, Funkbaby Vintage, and Arsenal Handicraft.


 

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Photo illustrated by:  David Pohl

House of Pingting, run by David Pohl, creates limited edition prints, cards and clothing that feature Pohl’s illustration work. He pulls inspiration from one of his favorite artists Andy Warhol. As a Pittsburgh native, he is incredibly influenced by the textures of the city.

“I work with textures that I scan in from a variety of sources like paper, fabric, wood and various painted surfaces” Pohl says.

Pohl was HA’s DJ in 2012. This year we are lucky enough to have him vend his products! He also works as a self-employed freelance illustrator, and an editorial illustrator for magazines and newspapers. One successful image he has created is the Tomato image.

“I live in Spring Hill, right up the hill from the Heinz Factory. When they used to make ketchup there, I could smell the tomatoes cooking from my house in August.”

This year he has an impressive resume including creating illustrations for Reader’s Digest, Harvard Law Bulletin, and the Humane Society of the United States. He is also working with Pittsburgh yoga teacher Richard Gartner to develop his logo for a new yoga app. The app will be available for download in the iPhone in early 2015!

Check out House of Pingting’s Facebook for more information.


 

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Photo given by: Leslee Schwirian

Woollow, run by Leslee Schwirian, is committed to providing their customers with high quality, all natural wool socks. Leslee quit her job as a nurse to spend more time on her 80 acre farm.

“We spend most of our time outside in the winter and discovered merino wool and alpaca socks are the warmest so we decided to start knitting socks also.” she says.

Her business in southwestern Pennsylvania uses the natural fibers animals give us instead of man-made petroleum byproducts.

“We are trying to show others that you can use natural fibers animals provide for us to help us sleep better at night, and use the fiber to make socks that can be worn all year  round because of the special qualities of wool.”

This year, Leslee was a vendor at the Mother Earth Festival at Seven Springs, she will be at the Maryland Christmas show, and also at the Pennsylvania Farm show in January.

Preview Woollow’s products on the website.


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Photo taken by:  Jessica Schaefer

theBird+theBeard creates custom invitations and stationary goods. Jessica Schaefer (the bird) and husband Karl (the beard) began by designing their own wedding invitations and stationary at The Library in the Southside.

“The company name comes, obviously, from Karl’s manly, rugged beard, and I chose the Bird moniker as an alliterative nod to the British slang for woman.” Jessica says.

This year they are hoping to get their names out there as Pittsburgh makers, show off their products and sell their cards. They describe their craft as “a little nerdy” because of their periodic-table based greeting cards.

“Our goal, as we launch new designs, is to always have some sort of scientific or educational undertones to what we make.”

This year they have been involved with I Made It!, the inaugural CLEVER inDeed trunk show, and have been welcomed into Hitchburgh- a community of artisan wedding vendors in Pittsburgh.

Jessica says they have shopped Handmade Arcade the past several years and are excited to meet the people who support the local crafting scene.

Check out theBird+theBeard on Etsy.


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Photo by Karen Stipetich

Funkbaby Vintage, run by Karen Stipetich, paints a story with each wreath they create. Their one of a kind holiday wreaths use vintage elements such as delicate glass bulbs and other hand selected ornaments.

“In my designs, I contrast an elegant vintage vibe with a little bit of funk and a dash of sparkle…Each wreath is one-of-a-kind and tells its own story” Stipetich says.

Funkbaby Vintage was born after Karen presented her first batch at her annual cookie exchange. Friends and family couldn’t get enough of them, and now she has a successful business doing what she loves. This year she looks forward to being a part of HA.

“Since I have just started selling my wreaths, I am excited to share them with a broader audience. I’m looking forward to seeing people’s reaction to them. I also hope I have some time to look at what other beautiful crafts are there this year.”

This past year Karen has began making yarn bombed antique chairs, using vintage tins, toys and dolls to make visual art, and collaborating with her husband on this new project. Handicrafts have been a big part of Karen’s life and family traditions.


 

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Photo taken by:  Arsenal Handicraft

 Arsenal Handicraft, run by Dennis and Christina Jacobs, creates prints and paper goods. Their products are all printed in their home studio. All their work is illustrated form scratch, and they are most inspired by good storytelling.

“We try to have every piece that we make tell a story that is open for the viewer’s interpretation” Dennis says.

Dennis and Christina feel very lucky to join HA this year. They are excited to be able to sell their products among so many talented vendors. They say they never know what to expect at a new show, so they try to come ready for anything!

“We love meeting other artists and shoppers at these events and hearing their reactions to our work for the first time.”

This year they have branched out to shows farther away from home, including Washington DC and now Pittsburgh.

Check out Arsenal Handicraft on Facebook.

The 2014 Tote Bag is Here!

Take the AMAZING wood, tin and nail art from Worker Bird, give it to Modesto Studios to screen print on tote bags and MAGIC happens. LOOK closely at the totes and you will see the SILVER NAILS!  Only 50 available for sale at Handmade Arcade 2014 on Saturday, December 6, 2014! Get your limited edition tote bag at the welcome table for only $15.

 

 

Early Birdies get the craft and free Handmade Arcade coffee mug!

2014_EarlyBirdieWant to avoid the crowds and get first dibs on one-of-a-kind products at Handmade Arcade? Purchase an Early Birdie Pass and enjoy the exclusive opportunity to shop one hour before the event opens to the public. Get your pass here!

Early Birdie pass-holders will get a first look at all of the unique wares, receive 2 tickets for our crafty raffle and a swag bag stuffed with an exclusive Handmade Arcade coffee mug, crafty goodies, coupons and more. 

The Early Birdie preview takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. on December 6th.  Passes may be purchased for $15 online or at Wildcard boutique, 4209 Butler Street in Lawrenceville.

Only 250 Early Birdie passes will be sold.