Handmade Arcade is excited to participate in two events during Pittsburgh’s Inclusive Innovation Week!

Inclusive Innovation provides equal access to products and services with new technologies, ideas, personnel and inventions to meet complex challenges and higher standards.

Discover more about Pittsburgh’s Roadmap to Inclusive Innovation and view the online events calendar.


THE CUTTING EDGE OF CRAFT MAKER HAPPY HOUR
WITH HANDMADE ARCADE AND SPOOL

When: Tuesday, April 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Spool, 816 E Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15210
Visit our Facebook event page to learn more!


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Join local makers, Handmade Arcade’s creative team and Spool’s independent business owners for a night of making, craft, community and conversation. Light refreshments will be served. (Beer courtesy of Rock Bottom Brewery.)

Hear firsthand experiences from veteran Handmade Arcade vendors and organizers, and learn about how to apply for the next event on December 2, 2017 (applications open June 18).

HA 2016 Youth Scholarship Table Winners

Make your own wearable creations, such as fabric covered pins and hair accessories, from a variety of Spool materials. Learn about creative reuse and upcycling, and receive information about classes and events at the shop.

Discover exciting new opportunities with Handmade Arcade for emerging artistic entrepreneurs, including Youth Scholarships and Hands-on Handmade workshops.


THE ART OF SCALING YOUR HANDMADE BUSINESS
When: Thursday, April 6th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: East End Cooperative Ministry, 6140 Station St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
RSVP on Eventbrite


A free workshop and discussion that will help small business owners of handcrafted goods learn how to grow and scale their business. Suppliers will have time to network with other entrepreneurs and market channels. Learn from successful entrepreneurs, manufacturing experts and craft business leaders about pricing for profit, sourcing materials, negotiating, marketing through subscription boxes and other channels.

Refreshments and on-site childcare will be provided (childcare is limited, please pre-register).

The Art of Scaling event is especially aimed at beauty product businesses, but if you make and sell handcrafted items and want to make more products so you can make more money, this is for you! Registration is required.

Sponsored by: Innovation Works, MONMADE, and the East End Cooperative Ministry

Partners: AlphaLab Gear, Diversamé, Handmade Arcade, Kiva Pittsburgh, Minority Networking Exchange, NsideOut Spaces, Wildcard, ZaaBox.

Two favorites collide in Crafting and Drinking

Handmade Arcade is excited to partner with Wigle Whiskey and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse for a FREE Demo Series.

Join us each Wednesday in September at the Wigle Distillery (2401 Smallman Street) for a night of Crafting and Drinking from 5 – 8 P.M. 

Admission and crafts are FREE. Your first cocktail is complimentary from Wigle Whiskey.

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CALLING ALL CRAFTERS, ARTISTS and MAKERS in the 412 and beyond!

headiner_fewdaysleftAPPLY NOW to be a Handmade Arcade vendor at our next big event on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

Applications close at midnight on Friday, September 2, 2016.
Accepted applicants will be notified in early October.
Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, Handmade Arcade draws more than 8,500 attendees in ONE DAY.

We encourage new and returning vendors to apply to be a part of one of Pittsburgh’s most highly anticipated events.


GET CRAFTY WITH HANDS-ON HANDMADE! 

APPLY NOW to be a Hands-on Handmade participant.

Join our growing group of innovative craft artists, arts organizations, and demonstrators at Hands-on Handmade, featuring two-hour, half-day and daylong activities for all ages.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 21, 2016. Accepted applicants will be notified at the end of October. 


UPCOMING EVENTS
Come craft with us this fall at the following local community-based events and festivals:

Crafts and Drafts Record Hop
East End Brewing
Saturday, September 3, 12-5 PM
FREE and family friendly

Crafting and Drinking
Presented by Wigle Whiskey, Handmade Arcade and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse 
Wigle Distillery, 2401 Smallman Street
Every Wednesday in September, 5-8 PM
FREE demo series
First cocktail is complimentary.

  • September 7: Puppets and Palomas
  • September 4: Robots and Rum
  • September 21: Googly-Eyes and Gimlets
  • September 28: Mobiles and Manhattans

This event coincides with Pittsburgh’s Re:New Festival.

And also don’t miss:
Reclaim! 2016 Fall Edition

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Saturday, September 17, 11 AM- 6 PM

This event coincides with Pittsburgh’s Re:New Festival.

Thank you Pittsburgh!

With more shoppers, local support and press coverage than ever, Handmade Arcade 2015 was our biggest and best show to date. Thank you to ALL – vendors, sponsors, shoppers, volunteers, DJs, Hands-on Handmade demonstrators and organizers – who made the day magical! See you next year on Saturday, December 3. 

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Super panoramic view taken by David L. Lawrence Convention Center staff from the Hall C balcony at Handmade Arcade! ♥

Get Crafty with Us!

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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. 

 

Make a Vintage button with us at the Pgh Vintage Mixer

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Winners will be notified and their names will be on the list for tomorrow morning’s 9 a.m. early bird entrance. Stop by the Handmade Arcade table and make a vintage button with us! See you there.

Handmade Arcade is thrilled to be sponsoring this spring’s Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer! Enter to win 2 Vintage Pittsburgh V.I.P. Preview passes, giving you an exclusive 9 a.m. early bird start to the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer on Saturday, May 9th.
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Find out more about Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer.

Thank You Pittsburgh!

WHAT A DAY! A day that could not have been possible without the efforts of so many artists and makers, Hands-on Handmaders, sponsors, volunteers, Convention Center staffers, music makers and curators, entertainers, and, of course, shoppers! We are so thankful for everyone who was a part of our massive 10th show. Stay tuned for images of the days events and the announcement of HA:2014’s date!

THANK YOU PITTSBURGH!

Handmade Arcade & Handmade Nation

Thank you so much to everyone who attended Saturday’s screening of Faythe Levine’s feature-length 2009 documentary, Handmade Nation, at Downtown’s Harris Theater, as part of this year’s Three Rivers Film Festival and the exhibition, DIY: A Revolution in Handicrafts, on view through March 26, 2011, at the Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip District. The screening was followed by a special book signing and reception at SCC. In case you missed it, or want to learn more about Faythe’s work in Milwaukee and around planet craft, here is what the Pittsburgh City Paper had to say in its preview of the event!

Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft, and Design

If you were among the 9,000 visitors to last year’s installment of Handmade Arcade, with its vendors from all over filling Shadyside’s Armory, you know indie crafts aren’t just a Pittsburgh phenomenon. Now there’s a film vividly documenting the movement’s national scope, and a philosophy that goes beyond the mere purveyance of artisanal knitwear, clothing, books, zines, prints, dolls and jewelry. Handmade Nation is Milwaukee-based curator Faythe Levine’s feature-length 2009 compendium of interviews with artists, including visits to their stores and craft fairs. Though directly descended from quiltmaking and other traditional crafts, today’s indie craft is driven by a post-punk DIY ethos — a conscious, living-small alternative to a consumer culture of goods mass-extruded in Global South sweatshops and UPC-scanned in big-box retailers. It’s also got a green edge, reflected in the use of reused or recycled raw materials. Levine, 32, has been crafting for a decade. The national scene took off, she says, around 2003, with the rise of websites like SuperNaturale, GetCrafty and other venues for online community and retailing. (Handmade Arcade was founded in 2004.) Now chain retailers ape the “handmade look,” and venture capitalists have invested in Etsy, the key online marketplace for handcrafters. But Levine emphasizes “the empowerment of making.” Creating beautiful or useful objects oneself “makes [people] feel good, proud, happy, satisfied and excited to share,” says Levine, who visits Pittsburgh on Nov. 6 for a screening and a signing of her companion Handmade Nationbook. “The act of making is contagious.”