Big Support from Small Businesses

sponsor2Every year, Handmade Arcade is humbled by the support and generosity of our sponsors. Please take the time to visit their websites and find out more about their work. Pittsburgh is an amazing place to live, work and play. We are overjoyed every day to part of the city’s growth. Thank you.

Kara Reid Design: Pittsburgh-based artist and designer Kara Reid was selected to create the marketing materials and branding for this year’s 2015 Handmade Arcade. 900 nails and many yards of string later, Reid designed and hand-constructed two custom-made string and stencil painted art pieces. Her inventive and eye-catching concept radiates around and showcases Handmade Arcade’s signature “Scissor Girl” logo. The time, energy and love she spent shows through in beauty of her design. Thank you Kara!

Modesto Studios: Not being just another graphic design firm or local screen-print shop, Modesto Studios took Kara’s design and hand screen-printed this year’s tote-bags and 20 limited edition posters of her work. They also created the striking light-up sign of HA’s much loved “Scissor Girl” logo that you may have seen in various store fronts around the city. Brad and Stephanie are not only great friends of Handmade Arcade but wonderfully kind and passionate people. Their love for the work shines through in everything they do. Thank you Modesto Studios!

Churchview Farm: Respecting tradition and the ecosystem of the farm, Tara Rockacy, owner, raises food without the use of chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides. Churchview Farm employs sustainable agricultural practices and respects all aspects of the farm by nurturing the soil, treating the animals humanely, and complimenting the natural ecosystem. Handmade Arcade is thrilled to welcome Churchview Farm as a new sponsor. Visit the HA raffle table to win a gift certificate to a Farm Dinner or Happy Hour.  Thank you Churchview! Continue reading

Meet some of the organizations who support Pittsburgh’s arts community

sponsorwebspotlightoneEvery year, Handmade Arcade is humbled by the support and generosity of our sponsors. Please take the time to visit their websites and discover the work they are doing city-wide. Pittsburgh is an amazing place to live, work and play. We are overjoyed every day to part of the city’s growth. Thank you.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Through their extensive grant programs, they foster excellence, diversity, and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. Thank you.

The Sprout Fund: Pittsburgh’s leading agency supporting innovative ideas, catalyzing community change, and making our region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Their programming and project support are responsible for so many amazing events – including Handmade Arcade. Thank you.’

90.5 WESA: Through the medium of radio, WESA works tirelessly to inform people in ways that engage and inspire them to create dialog about community issues and storiesAs southwestern Pennsylvania’s only independent public radio news and information station, they give voice to provocative ideas that foster a vibrant, informed, diverse and caring community. Thank you.

WYEP 91.3: Since 1974, WYEP has enriched the community through musical discovery, expression and education. With their tagline of “Where the music matters,” WYEP supports local events and programming with their public service announcements making our community matter as well. Thank you. Continue reading

Local Sponsors keep Pittsburgh unique

shoplocalLocal businesses are the backbone of our great city. Dedicated to working hard while sharing their passions, these local businesses are this year’s Thimble Sponsors for Handmade Arcade: 2015. We are excited and pleased to call them friends and supporters. Please support them by shopping local everyday!

Thank You to our 2015 Local Sponsors: 

After you shop at Handmade Arcade visit GPAC Framer’s Market!

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For anyone planning to purchase posters, prints & other 2D artwork at Handmade Arcade, we recommend that you also check out this fantastic FRAMER’S MARKET, hosted by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council right down the street from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The event takes place on Saturday, December 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Quality frames of all sizes will be for sale at super low prices! Attendees can also learn helpful hints about framing and preservation from art conservator Ana Alba and art handler and Art on the Walls coordinator, Erin O’Neill.

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Spotlight on artist Kara Reid: creating the event artwork & identity for HA:2015

posterartLast Winter, Pittsburgh-based artist and designer Kara Reid was selected to create the marketing materials and branding for this year’s 2015 Handmade Arcade. 900 nails and many yards of string later, Reid designed and hand-constructed two custom-made string and stencil painted art pieces. Her inventive and eye-catching concept radiates around and showcases Handmade Arcade’s signature “Scissor Girl” logo.

“I definitely wanted to do something that conveyed the innovative spirit of all these crafters,” says Reid, sharing her vision.

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All Things Tech and Geekery at Handmade Arcade

Handmade Arcade vendors have different ways of crafting their works of art. When technology and video games are involved, the creative process takes a unique and fascinating turn. From laser cutters, to palm sized computers, look for all kinds of technology inspired crafts at Handmade Arcade!

Retro Built Games, KerfCase, 1UP Gallery and PuzzlePax are a few Handmade Arcade vendors who are using technology and video games to create their works.

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Celebrate Small Business Saturday at Boutique 208

Join us on Saturday, November 28th at 5 p.m. for a make-and-take herbal infusion demonstration with Apothecary Muse! In support of our local vendors and sponsors, Handmade Arcade is excited to host a Meet the Maker night at Boutique 208, located at 208 6th Street in Downtown (across the street from Heinz Hall). 

Join Eryn Hughes of Apothecary Muse at 5 p.m. for a Hands-on Handmade Demo. Learn about herbal oil infusions. Select and prepare herbs and oils to collect and infuse in labeled jars, discover the healing properties of plants, gain a new sense of respect for nature, explore your own health and well-being, and learn about the significance of locally grown plants.

This is a FREE make and take demo while supplies last. To find out more about what Boutique 208 is offering for shoppers on Small Business Saturday, visit their Facebook page.

Handmade Arcade will also be raffling off 2 Early Birdie tickets and our new tote-bag to one lucky winner! Join us on Small Business Saturday! Shop Small! Shop Local! 

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THINGS MAKING THINGS: A DIY COLORING BOOK

TMTcoverHandmade Arcade is thrilled to announce the launch of our inaugural print publication, Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book, featuring original commissioned artwork by 10 Pittsburgh-based artists and Handmade Arcade vendors. Inside the creative pages of this 28-page book, you will meet imaginative creatures who are all crafting,making and designing things—from robots screen-printing to spiders painting—and ready for you to turn into artworks of your very own.

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Get Crafty with Us!

GET CRAFTY: HANDS-ON HANDMADE 2015 spinart

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.