THANK YOU Handmade Arcade Sponsors!

Handmade Arcade is grateful for the outpouring of support we received from the Pittsburgh Community this year.  A HUGE thank you to:

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Sprout Fund for your support of our Hands-on Handmade area. Your generous gift allows Handmade Arcade to again bring consumers and creators together for a captivating and educational craft experience.


Our media sponsors Yelp Pittsburgh, NEXT Pittsburgh, the Port Authority and NakYouOut. Your online and print ad coverage of our event helps to get the shoppers to the Convention Center each year.


2014 Partners in Craft:

  • Worker Bird for designing our amazing marketing materials this year;
  • Modesto Studios for taking Worker Bird’s tin art and creating our annual, limited addition tote bag;
  • Commonwealth Press for spreading the word about HA at your craft-tacular events throughout the year;
  • WildCard for being HA’s home-base and the best place to get HA items year-round in Pittsburgh;
  • Contemporary Craft for your on-going support and Hands-on Handmade participation;
  • Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer for your on-going support and Hands-on Handmade participation;
  • VIA music festival for getting the word out in early fall about our this year’s event


Our Partners in Green:

This year Handmade Arcade is thrilled to welcome Green Mountain Energy to our event. Having found a permanent home in Pittsburgh’s eco-friendly Convention Center, we welcome vendors and shoppers alike who are are environmentally and socially conscious. A sponsor such as Green Mountain energy is a natural fit.  Thank you for your support!


2014 Pin Cushion Sponsors: 

2014 Thimble Sponsors:

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.



A look forward and back…

JOEY-KENNEDY-HMA-2013-0031Don’t miss out on this year’s fun. Mark your calendars with the following dates! 

  • Sponsorship opportunities NOW available!
  • July 16th: Applications for vendors and hands-on handmade artists open
  • September 3rd: Applications close
  • Early October: Accepted vendors and artists notified
  • DECEMBER 6, 2014: HANDMADE ARCADE at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center!

Check out our image gallery from last year’s event.
All photographs taken by the talented Joey Kennedy. 

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!


Sponsor love for WYEP, WESA, TeeRex and Commonwealth Press

mj-logo-bwWYEP 91.3 fm is an independent voice, inspiring our community with diverse music and vibrant ideas. Handmade Arcade is very much in-tune with their mission in inspiring independent artists and the creative process behind the craft. Handmade Arcade is beyond excited to have the sponsorship support of WYEP. Thank you!

Color-Horiz-Logo90.5 WESA’s mission is to work for the public to inform people in ways that engage and inspire them to create dialog about community issues and stories. Handmade Arcade is thrilled to have WESA as a sponsor for this year’s Decade of DIY celebration as we continue to engage and inspire the Pittsburgh community with our yearly shopping extravaganza. Thank you!


TeeRex Syndicate is a local Pittsburgh t-shirt company run by a group of obsessive designers, artists and printers. Handmade Arcade is proud to again partner with TeeRex for our event. Check out the newly designed tote-bags that will be for sale at Handmade Arcade, printed by hand and with love by TeeRex. Thank you!

CWP_horsesCommonwealth Press is a small group of hardworking, fiercely independent, ink soaked, music addicted, code spewing, coffee loving, Pittsburgh embracing, hyper creative, screen printers. That sounds a lot like the organizers of Handmade Arcade! This year’s posters were printed with care by Commonwealth Press. Look for them around town or buy one at Handmade Arcade to save as a commemoration of our Decade of DIY 10 year anniversary. Thank you!

Sponsor love for Yelp, ModCloth, Moop and Port Authority

yelp_smallYelp is the best way to find great businesses in Pittsburgh! Search for everything from the city’s tastiest burger to the most renowned cardiologist. What will you uncover in your neighborhood? Thank you to Yelp for having Handmade Arcade as their Weekly Yelp Sponsor of their Holiday Gift Guide email.

mclogo_highresModCloth, founded by Pittsburgh natives Susan Gregg Koger and Eric Koger, is committed to independent design. Like Handmade Arcade, ModCloth believes in the independent spirit of talented designers and supports their originality and dreams. Join MocCloth this year at Hands-on Handmade where they will be making DIY collars. And don’t forget to stop by their booth to check out the vintage clothing they will be selling!

moop3_TM2Moop specializes in handmade bags for men, women and kids. They design and manufacture every bag, start to finish, in our Pittsburgh studio. Moop is constantly looking for ways to be more connected to the people who make the things they love. Their love of the maker’s life has lead them to be a sponsor of this year’s Handmade Arcade. Visit their table and check out their beautifully designed and constructed handmade bags.

portauthority_smallPort Authority of Allegheny County not only provides public transportation services throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County but are also supporters of Handmade Arcade. Every year, Port Authority underwrites our full page ad in the City Paper AND transports shoppers to the event! Thank you!

As we get closer to the event, look for more sponsor spotlights. To view the rest of our sponsors, please visit our sponsor page.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Without the generosity of our sponsors, Handmade Arcade would not be celebrating “A Decade of DIY” – our 10th anniversary event. Today we thank The Sprout Fund and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

sprout_smallSince the beginning, The Spout Fund has been one of Handmade Arcade’s best champions. In 2004, the Sprout Fund made the first Handmade Arcade possible with a generous Seed Award and have been supportive of our new endeavors ever since. In 2006, they funded Handmade Arcade as we hosted the first-ever Craft Congress here in Pittsburgh. In 2011, they provided a Seed Award for the first incarnation of Hands-on Handmade. And in 2012 and again 2013, they have provided generous sponsorship dollars and support. Thank you to the Sprout Fund for everything you do to support the arts in Pittsburgh. 


Over the years, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has provided Handmade Arcade with numerous Project Stream Grants. PCA recognizes the high standards set by the dedicated organizers of Handmade Arcade in engaging Pittsburgh’s thriving and vibrant DIY craft scene with the community who attends our unique event. To continue to support local crafters and artists, Handmade Arcade requires their on-going support and generosity. Thank you to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for all that you do for foster excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania.

As we get closer to the event, look for more sponsor spotlights. To view the rest of our sponsors, please visit our sponsor page.