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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TMTcoverHandmade Arcade is thrilled to announce the launch 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. Inside the creative pages of this 28-page book, you will meet imaginative creatures who are all crafting,making and designing things—from robots screen-printing to spiders painting—and ready for you to turn into artworks of your very own.

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Get Crafty with Us!


Our 2015 Hands-on Handmade lineup of interactive programming is complete! Check out our list of amazing craft artists, arts organizations and demonstrators who will be on-site this year – continuing our tradition of bringing consumers and creators together for a captivating and educational craft experience. Hands-on Handmade features day-long, half-day and two-hour activities. 


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.


Hands-on Handmade Applications are open

facebookGET CRAFTY WITH US! Be part of a growing group of innovative craft artists, arts organizations and demonstrators at Hands-on Handmade – featuring daylong, half-day and two-hour activities for all ages.


Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Notification of acceptance will go out by Sunday, October 25, 2015.





Thank you to the MANY vendors who applied to be a part of Handmade Arcade 2015. The planning committee is hard at work organizing and jurying. Notifications to applicants will be sent in early Oct. We are looking forward to another amazing year of talent and fun! JOEY-KENNEDY-HMA-2013-0031