4Ward Designs by Ria

Handmade Philly got the chance to interview Maria Chaney, a handmade jewelry designer from Philadelphia.  Maria runs a business called 4Ward Designs by Ria.  4Ward Designs by Ria is a handcrafted beaded jewelry business, which carries handcrafted bracelets for men and women. Maria has been crafting jewelry for many years, however, she launched her business a little over 2 years ago on April 9, 2016. Come with me to take a peek into the creative world of 4Ward Designs by Ria.

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When did you first realize you wanted to design jewelry? 

I used to make earrings as gifts for friends and family in my late teens/20s.  My real passion came in my late 30s/early 40s.

What was your biggest fear when going out and starting your own line? 

Would people really want to buy the bracelets?

 

Where do you go for inspiration when working on new jewelry?

My inspiration comes from different things.  It could be someone’s personality/style; clothes that people wear; colors.

What is your favorite thing about being a jewelry designer?

The pleasure I see when my clients wear my jewelry.

How do you want customers to feel when wearing your jewelry?

I want them to feel satisfied and happy!
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What advice would you give to those who may want to start their own business designing or creating jewelry?

Find your niche and go with it.  I started out with so many different designs and types of pieces.  I honed in on what I felt the most passion for.

Should BEADWORK and JEWELRY MAKING be considered ART or CRAFT?

I think it is both an Art and a Craft.  The art is the design and the craft is making the actual piece.

 

How do you decide what you want to create?

When I do custom pieces, I talk to my client and find out what colors they like…what feel they are looking for and go from there.  When I do random pieces, I just go for what speaks to me.
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Anything else you we should know about you?

I love designing and crafting wristart for others…it is my therapy.

You can find 4Ward Designs on Facebook: 4WardDesignsbyRia and on Instagram: @4WardDesignsbyRia.

Be sure to check her out at next month’s West Park Arts Festival’s Handmade Marketplace.  Attendees of all ages will enjoy stages of exciting culturally diverse performances by some of the area’s best dancers, musicians, and vocalists. Some of the talent includes the popular West Philadelphia Orchestra, Badd Kitti, Gretchen Elise Music, Patrice and The Show, The Philly Clicks, Jasmin Yahne Dance Company, and many more. The event will engage attendees in dance, art making, and many other activities including guided historical trolley tours through the Centennial District. Attendees can buy unique items in the Handmade Market, browse other vendors and enjoy the offerings of diverse food vendors. 

To see more about the Arts Fest visit http://www.westparkcultural.org/west-park-arts-fest and http://www.facebook.com/westparkartsfestival.   For more information
call 215-473-7810 or email info@westparkcultural.org.

 

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Schedule of Events: May

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MAY 2018: SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tuesday, May 8 from 7-9 pm
Stitch n Bitch
Location: 47 East High Street, Studio LLA (in Germantown)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/165557804122002/
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members
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Sunday, May 13 from 3-6 pm
Stitch n Bitch at Awbury Ag Village
Location: Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village, on Washington Lane (in Germantown)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/816037715262379/
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members
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Sunday, May 13 from 1-5 pm
Group Sewing Lesson
Students will learn the basics of sewing and will create their own pillowcase. Once complete you may choose to keep it simple or decorate your design with embroidery.
Location: Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village, on Washington Lane (in Germantown)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/720265934764192/
Ages: 10 and up.
Price: $15 / per person
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Sunday, May 13 from 12-2 pm
Mother’s Day Mommy & Me Tea
Location: Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village, on Washington Lane (in Germantown)
Come and celebrate Mothers day by joining us for tea! Get hands on and create a lovely tea cup garden as well as other plant related crafts in this fun filled “Mommy & Me” activity.
Ages 2-14 with parent
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2068835113402534/
Price: Teacup Garden workshop is $20/ per workshop participant. All supplies included.
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Tuesday, May 15 from 7-9 pm
Stitch n Bitch
Location: 47 East High Street, Studio LLA (in Germantown)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/189553121684465/
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members
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Tuesday, May 22 from 7-9 pm
Stitch n Bitch
Location: 47 East High Street, Studio LLA (in Germantown)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468153249955392/
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members
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Tuesday, May 29 from 7-9 pm
Stitch n Bitch
Location: 47 East High Street, Studio LLA (in Germantown)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1593252874124762/
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members

Tulpehocken Exchange at Awbury Arboretum’s Ag Village

Posted On April 26, 2018

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Sunday, April 29th we will be hosting multiple events at Awbury Arboretum‘s Agricultural Village in Germantown.

Stop by to Stitch n Bitch from 3-6 pm. There is plenty of space. Bring your own supplies to this session of stitch n bitch. We’ll be traveling light. Other art forms are welcome as well.

$7/ adult, sliding scale. Children attend at no cost.

Light refreshments will be served.

Come out and join us! This is an indoor/outdoor space, including a shaded area and a sunny meadow. There is plenty of space. Bring a picnic if you like. There are a few picnic tables.

All ages welcome. Handicap accessible.

From noon to 2 pm Lesley Haas will be hosting a Printmaking Workshop. All supplies included, $20/ person sliding scale.

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If you are driving, park at the Ardleigh St entrance (at the intersection of Duval) and then just follow the path in.

Here’s the pin:

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Stitch n Bitch at Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village

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Next Sunday, April 8th we will be hosting multiple events at Awbury Arboretum‘s Agricultural Village in Germantown.

Stop by to Stitch n Bitch from 3-6 pm. There is plenty of space. Bring your own supplies to this session of stitch n bitch. We’ll be traveling light. Other art forms are welcome as well.

$7/ adult. Children attend at no cost. (Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members.)

Light refreshments will be served.

Come out and join us! This is an indoor/outdoor space, including a shaded area and a sunny meadow. There is plenty of space. Bring a picnic if you like. There are a few picnic tables.

All ages welcome. Handicap accessible.

For those of you wanting to learn the basics, Yvanna Sherman will lead a session on Crochet Basics from 3-5 pm.

From noon to 2 pm Jamie McCracken will be hosting a Terrarium Workshop.



If you are driving, park at the Ardleigh St entrance and then just follow the path in.

Here’s the pin:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/40°03’20.2%22N+75°10’13.7%22W/@40.0556125,-75.1792178,3466m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d40.0555966!4d-75.1704625

Terrarium Workshop with Jamie McCracken

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Sunday April 8th‬, 12 – 2 pm
$25/adult, $12/ children under 12.

All supplies included.

Come & learn how to assemble & care for your own terrarium! Get you hands dirty & your creativity flowing while create an indoor ecosystem. No green thumb required.

Rsvp required: info@texphilly.com (Class size is limited, save your spot!)

Event hosted by Tulpehocken Exchange @ Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village in Germantown.

If you are driving, park at the Ardleigh St entrance and then just follow the path in.

Here’s the pin:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/40°03’20.2%22N+75°10’13.7%22W/@40.0556125,-75.1792178,3466m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d40.0555966!4d-75.1704625

Jamie McCracken has a passion for bringing people & plants together. She loves encouraging people to appreciate, value & connect nature in an accessible way. She specializes in container gardens and floral design.

Crochet Basics: 3 Class Series!

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Come out this spring and learn to crochet.

In a series of 3 classes you can learn how to chain, single and double crochet, work in the round and how to read a pattern. Come create simple crafts and have fun at the same time. Sign up for one class, or sign up for all three.
Location varies:
On Sunday April 8 and May 6, class takes place at beautiful Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village, on Washington Lane from 3 – 5:00 pm. This is an indoor/ outdoor space. Pack a picnic and join us. 
On Sunday, April 22 class takes place from 10-12:30 pm at our studio in Germantown: the Tulpehocken Exchange (47 East High Street, Phila.)
Suggested materials: a J or K size crochet hook and some cotton yarn.
Price:
$20 per class, bring your own supplies.
$30 per class/ all supplies included.
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Interview: Joe Carlough, DIY Publisher

Joe Carlough is a DIY publisher based in Philadelphia. He runs Displaced Snail Publications, and has collaborated with organizations such as Microcosm Publishing, Joyful Noise Recordings, and Portland State University; musicians such as Kishi Bashi, Hrishikesh Hirway, Sound of Ceres, Serengeti and Tall Tall Trees; and a slew of authors from unpublished to published by Random House. Keep your eye out for his zines as props in the upcoming movie production Adam from Ariel Schrag and Rhys Ernst.

Joe and Katie Haegele will be leading a Zine making workshop this Sunday, March 18 at the Tulpehocken Exchange in Germantown. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-zine-day-tickets-42911152412


Name: Joe Carlough
Age: 31
Hometown: Edison, NJ
Current town: East Falls, Philadelphia PA
Job description: DIY Publisher, part time Linguistic Annotator

Upcoming projects: I’m currently working on a prologue comic with Chicago rapper Serengeti to promote the creation of his full-length graphic novel, which I’ll also be publishing. As for my own work, I’m working on a new series of tiny books about pets, and a collection of recipes for an alcoholic non-beer alternative.

Select links: displacedsnail.com

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What themes and concepts does your work generally revolve around?

Lately, my work depends more and more on size than anything else. I’ve been getting a real kick out of developing books centered around how small I can make them while retaining legibility, and so I’ve been writing a lot of VERY short stories. To try and sum up my work in one sentence: Small, handmade books and zines, mostly nonfiction but sometimes poetry, about animals, celestial bodies, and my life.

What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I tend to flesh out design before anything else: if I have a good idea, I want to know what the zine will look like before I get to creating the content. I tend to measure my ideas by size – that story is only worth 6 pages of a quarter sized zine, or this one needs to be at least 20 pages, maybe half size. Mind, though, smaller doesn’t mean worse. There are a LOT of zines that I make that are tiny and I love that about them

Describe your current state of mind.

Harried and tired. I’m launching this comics project and it’s exciting and fun and excellent and…exhausting!

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Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?

Music. I’m currently in a band and managing a band, but managing a band is more social organization, and the band I’m in makes experimental noise music, which doesn’t offer much structure in a way. I’d like to get out more on my own, but I’ve been a bit shy about pursuing it!

What is your dream project?

House zine maker for a reputable record label. I also sometimes have to tour with the bands.

Are you involved with any organizations?

Not at the moment, but in the past I’ve belonged to The Soapbox, and a number of Meetup groups. I’ve been really toning that down lately to focus on my own work. Though, my partner Katie and I do run a zine library // show space, East Falls Zine Reading Room. That might count.

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Do you collaborate with other people?

Often. Katie and I make a lot of zines together, and I publish work for a few people. I also take on clients for book design and printing, and work in a more collaborative role with the record label Joyful Noise Recordings – I guess maybe I’ve almost accomplished my dream project, ha.

What are a few of your favorite spots in your area?

Well, I miss the Falls Taproom dearly, which just closed, but have been spending a good amount of time at Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon. I’m always up for some fried chicken from Foghorn, and I’ve heard the new Le Bus is very good, so who knows, maybe that’ll become a haunt for a drink or two. I also love to walk around the city, and do a lot of that just for the walk. I also like the hermit’s cave in Wissahickon, which is a short walk from our house.

What are you reading?

I’m currently reading through David Sedaris’ Chipmunk Seeks Squirrel, and am about to start Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Guest and Other Horror Stories. I’m also in a constant state of reading regional ghost stories in anthologies or online.

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What are you listening to these days?

Woof, let’s see. I just bought the Diners album Three. Cults’ Offering, Mount Eerie’s Now Only, of Montreal’s Innocence Reaches and Skeletal Lamping. Open Mike Eagles’ Brick Body Kids Still Daydream. Serengeti’s Family and Friends. Oh, and Sleep Party People’s Lingering is very good!

 

What was the last show you attended?

We try to go to a few shows a month. We recently saw Rabbits to Riches at The Pharmacy in South Philly, and will definitely see George Clanton when he’s in town in April.

 

Your websites: displacedsnail.com, scarymovieclub.com, displacedsnail on IG

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Joe and Katie Haegele will be leading a Zine making workshop this Sunday, March 18 at the Tulpehocken Exchange in Germantown. Tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-zine-day-tickets-42911152412

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