– By Jolene Miklas Schneider
Looking for something different? You got it. This year, we’re debuting the brand new, Handmade Arcade Craft Corridor, featuring 19 emerging makers and first-time craft fair vendors, as well as makers returning after a career hiatus. Get ready for one-of-a-kind, never-before-seen products, designs, gifts and more! Craft Corridor is generously sponsored by NEXTpittsburgh.
Ashley Olinger of YEAHYELHSA is a graphic designer and illustrator who creates buttons, stickers, cards and colorful artwork right here in Pittsburgh. Where do we even start? With the Seinfeld-inspired sticker packs (“Serenity now!”), the girl-power conversation hearts (with phrases like “LOL NO” and “Not Yours”) or the pins featuring a single can of La Croix? With YEAHYELHSA, there’s so much to see and so much to love, so be sure to stop by and browse!
Cöbra Cakes rocks. This Pittsburgh maker is bringing punk, metal, goth and ‘80s threads. Like it loud? Then you’ll love perusing their vests, jackets, skirts and more — bedecked with studs, leopard prints, patches and pins. Cöbra Cakes will be joined by Manifesto Moto, which operates a DIY workspace for motorcycle enthusiasts and peddles motorcycle-themed clothing and accessories.
Margaret from Midnight Hour Stitchery stays up late cross-stitching the perfect gifts. Her work is honest, cheeky and beautiful! Go for an inspirational piece, like “Stay afraid but do it anyway” or “She persisted.” Or, go for the proud confessional: “I read past my bedtime.” Bring home an embroidered Clemente Bridge or “jeet jet?” for your favorite jagoff.
Henbit Hill grows chemical-free flowers and herbs for skin care products, wreaths and more. Slather your cracked winter skin in their Remedy Cream, a whipped balm made from tallow, olive oil of calendula, comfrey and chamomile. Little bitty bottoms love their beeswax Baby Balm, and we can’t wait to try the lip balm made from peppermint, olive oil and mango butter!
Hooray for clay! Pressed flowers + clay + gorgeous glazes = beautiful, one-of-a-kind pottery by Kennedy Craftworks. We love the mugs featuring pressed dried flowers and fancy handles, perfect for curling up with steaming coffee or hot soup. You’ll also find wind chimes and ornaments paired with sweet little snails and birds.
HA:2017 Craft Corridor is generously sponsored by NEXTpittsburgh.
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