New to You! Introducing the Craft Corridor at Handmade Arcade 2017


– 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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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


Winter and Holiday Gifts at Handmade Arcade 2017

– By Jolene Miklas Schneider

It’s the hap-happiest season of all! For many, Handmade Arcade kicks off the holiday shopping season. From snuggly winter accessories to holiday cards to stocking stuffers, we’ve got your holiday needs covered.

Let’s start by setting the mood, shall we? Welcome a winter atmosphere by lighting a candle by 837 North Candle Co.. Their deliciously-scented jars fill your home with scents like Blue Spruce + Pine and Cinnamon + Bayberry. 837 North Candle Co. operates out of Pittsburgh and hand pours candles made of 100% USA grown soy wax, cotton wicks, plant extracts, and essential oils. The candles are easy to love and easy to gift.

Don’t forget to write out your holiday cards! But this year, mix it up with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Robot” and “Silent Night of the Living Dead.” Alternate Histories combines historic and vintage images with pop culture, sci-fi aliens, robots, and more. Artist Matthew Buchholz will be bringing cards with monsters, dinosaurs, and zombies running through classic holiday scenes, as well as prints, cards, and calendars featuring monstrous mayhem for your year-round needs.

Ready to decorate? Garbella’s pierogi ornament is ready to hang on any yinzer’s Christmas tree or holiday hangout. If you’ve got Pittsburgh fans on your holiday shopping list, you’ll love Amy Garbark’s locally-inspired pins, tees featuring a love letter to our fine town, and even onesies for baby ‘burghers! Check out all of her screen-printed apparel, accessories, and home decor.

Now bundle up, get out there, and finish your holiday shopping! Nina Ramone Knitwear will be showcasing beautiful wraps and scarves to keep you toasty while you brave the cold. Drape yourself in the Colossal Cowl infinity scarf, available in rich colors like eggplant and charcoal grey. Her hats, extra-long scarves, and snuggly neck warmers make excellent gifts – if you can part with them.

Warm your loved one’s hands and hearts with gloves by Reduxion. Browse beautiful accessories constructed almost exclusively from discarded or thrifted materials: gloves made from cashmere sweaters, coats repurposed into slippers and hats, and skirts making their encore as a capelet. Reduxion proves that it’s possible to reject disposable culture while indulging your loved ones with luxurious holiday gifts. What a meaningful way to make their 2017 holidays bright!

Home Sweet Home


Goods for You and Your Home at Handmade Arcade 2017

– By Jolene Miklas Schneider

From the perfect bowl to serve your homemade soup to bedding you love to snuggle in, Handmade Arcade 2017 is offering an amazing selection of items for your home. Get ready to browse items for the cozy, contemporary, and eclectic.

Imagine peering into a vintage curiosity cabinet filled with weird and wonderful artifacts. Local maker Gina Chalfant of White Swan Illuminations helps you capture that feeling with her marriage of pottery and original drawings.

Put her jars, creamers, brie-bakers, cheese-servers, and other elegant items to work in your kitchen, or enjoy them on display in your home. Animals and the English countryside inspire her work, so you’ll find her functional pottery pieces adorned with farm, city, and woodland animals — and sea creatures, too!

jennyjen42 strolls along a wooded pathway to get to her studio, then gets to work with felt and her sewing machine to recreate the birds and nature she sees along the way. She uses the sewing machine as a freehand drawing tool, bringing to life beautiful birds on aprons, oven mitts, napkins, pillows, eyeglass cases and more.

You’ll love her plush bird sculptures — charming owls and hummingbirds that are ready to nest in your home.

We’re in a smit over Close Call Studio’s felt botanicals. Bring home a squishy cluster of cacti or mushrooms mounted on a mini slice of wood. Decorate your home or Christmas tree with colorful carrots, avocados, kiwis and more. Artist Amanda Adams uses all recycled and vegan materials to create with compassion.

You’ll find more botanical themes in her woodcut prints, featuring butterflies, owls, and more. And fans of the X-Files, Stranger Things, and Veronica Mars, she’s got unique treats for you, too!

Melissa and Lew of Whimsical Wonders scour Pittsburgh flea markets, estate sales, thrift stores, yard sales, and auctions to find the ingredients for what they lovingly call their “craft stew.” The result? Tinkling, twinkling wind chimes made from recycled kitchen items, silver-plated flatware, and natural stone and vintage beads.

Turn your breezes into sweet music with their one-of-a-kind chimes. You’ll also find jewelry all made with silver-plated utensils and natural stones, dichroic glass or vintage marbles.

Reiko Yamamoto of Reiko Yamamoto Studio makes modern, versatile and functional pottery for everyday use. Her pieces are designed, made and fired in her studio in Pittsburgh.

Having grown up in Japan, Reiko ate meals every day using handmade pottery. In her family, there was no concept of a complete dinnerware set; instead, the table was a vivid array of dishes of various sizes, colors, shapes and patterns. Now, she offers her mix-and-match sensibility, as well as her appreciation for well-designed functional objects, for your home! She hopes you enjoy good meals and conversations over her bowls, scoops, spoons, and more.

Excited yet? That’s not all. From clothing to bath and body products, there’s lots more to see at Handmade Arcade 2017.