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!


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! 




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!


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. 


Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors!

Handmade Arcade is grateful for our sponsors. Because of their on-going and generous support, we are able to bring you our annual event. Every year, Handmade Arcade pushes itself to the limit of creativity and strives to be on the Cutting Edge of Craft. The support we receive is humbling and encourages us to continue moving forward. Thank you.