The winter season is here, and we all need ways to cozy up and stay warm! Handmade Arcade has several vendors that add a personal touch, and make this holiday season one to remember. Whether you are looking for a gift or a treat for yourself, these vendors have unique gifts and wares perfect for this holiday season.
Photo taken by: Audra Azoury
Audra Azoury Jewelry creates handmade pieces inspired by architecture and natural surroundings. Her ornaments and cards have arrived just in time for the holiday season!
“It gets busier every year. I was working on holiday designs in May” Azoury tells us.
This is her third year as a HA vendor. She says she has gained retail shops and friends who share her love of being crafty! Her collection blossomed from her trip to Fallingwater. Since then, she has built a wonderful collection with a Pittsburgh touch.
“I am a designer working mainly with steel. Steel is in the blood of all of us Pittsburgher’s.”
This year she was accepted as an Emerging Artists for Three Rivers Arts Festival, and also has custom designs in The Warhol and The Frick.
Give your family and friends a thoughtful gift with a handmade ornament or card this year!
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Photo taken by: Dana Valenta
Nina Ramone will keep you warm this winter with her cozy knits. She creates original and chic neckwear and hats. She crochets year round to ensure she has enough items for everyone this fall and winter!
“I am always extra busy as soon as Thanksgiving ends and the holiday shopping frenzy begins” creator Dana says.
Dana Valenta is the owner, and named her business after her beloved german shepherd. Her shepherd is a “fancy lady” she says.
This will be Dana’s fourth year as a HA vendor. She looks forward to shopping the event almost as much as she enjoys working it!
“I personally make everything by hand, from the pom pom balls on the top of the caps, the faux fur poofs on the straps right down to the wooden tree branch buttons I use on the neck warmers.”
Each year Dana offers a few new items so that there is always something fresh for customers to see. She thanks her husband PJ and her assistant Erica for helping her prepare for this years show!
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Photo taken by: Recollection Photography / Cindy Parker
1820 House Candle Co. will set the holiday mood in everyone’s home this season. With scents like “winter sweater”, balsam citrus, and “elemental winter” their holiday collection is perfect.
“This year you will see on our letterpress candle caps a red stamp. This stamp is applied lovingly by hand to each and every holiday candle. The 10 | 14 Holiday Batch represents our 10th holiday season of candle making in 2014” creator Melissa Smith says.
This is their third year as a HA vendor. Melissa wanted to create a business of her own that would satisfy her creative mind as well as benefit farmers by using natural plant based waxes. As soon as Halloween ends, her life “goes into overdrive.”
“I’m making candles, packing shipping, filling stocklist orders and working up to 13 hours a day at least 6 days a week. We are literally…insane busy in a good way through the holiday.”
This year, two of their lines have received ADDY awards for packaging and design, they became a product pick in Refueled Magazine, and have more retailers interested in their line.
1820’s design, sustainable resources, and creative blends of fragrance set them apart in the candle making business.
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Photo given by: Amber Coppings
XMittens creates fingerless mittens that help you stay warm for the winter, and still be practical. This way, the mittens do not get in the way of your daily activities. Owner and creator Amber Coppings had both practical and artistic inspiration.
“My practical inspiration was a distinct need to be warmer while I worked in my studio… My artistic inspiration to include textural sewing elements and colorful sewn details came from traveling to Japan… I translated this design aesthetic into Xmittens.”
This is Amber’s 6th year as a HA vendor. She has always felt that the vendors show themselves as artists first. She knows she is supported when she reveals new items and new directions. Her typical holiday season begins in August when people start buying her jackets and hoodie vests for the fall season.
“I’ve always been excited by the idea of the human body as an exhibition space, so most of my work…whether hand-dyed, sewn, avant-grade, practical, or fashionable…uses the idea of wearable art to propel itself in the world.”
This year Amber has begun working with the Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to teach fabric dyeing and digital surface pattern design classes for adults. She is also invited to be a rostered artist with the Artist Residency Program, and works in a local school teaching fifth graders.
You can only find her XMittens in person this holiday season at Handmade Arcade!
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