Handmade Philly Art Supply Swap!

Posted On August 8, 2014

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM 

Location: Iron Factory, 118 Fontain St
3rd Floor / 
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Transportation: Just a few blocks from the Berks stop of the Market-Frankford line.

Purchase Ticketshttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/handmade-philly-art-supply-swap-tickets-12568947059


Do you have carving tools laying around, yet long for a set of good pastels? Or vice versa? This swap is made for you. Leave some stuff you don’t need, take some stuff you do.
Quality Items Please!  
Suggested Donation $10 

See FAQs below for guidelines on what to bring, how it works etc.

Art Supply SWAP FAQ

Why are we doing this?

This event is part of a world-wide return to swapping in lieu of trashing and buying.

Many artists admit to hoarding materials they never get around to using, while at the same time lacking funds for stuff they could use. Swapping opens new possibilities for artists to experiment and explore new mediums.

The event also serves as a mixer for area artists. Donation fee goes to pay for venue, to assist with the relocation of the unclaimed items, and to purchase promotional items for Handmade Philly. Please note, this event is exactly 2 hours long. Arrive early or on time!

How does it work?

This event is open to the public. If you have a table, or chairs, please bring them! If you have a table that you can bring, please email event organizer at info@handmadephilly.com to coordinate details. Note, event is on the 3rd floor and unfortunately venue is not handicap accessible. 

What kind of supplies can be brought in for swapping? 

Lightly used paint tubes, blank or prepared canvasses, unwrinkled paper reams, stacks, pads, or large sheets/rolls, gently used tools (like brushes, drafting tools, carving sets, glue guns), bead collections in containers, soft, sealed clay, working sets of markers, books, unopened or barely used adhesives, fibre arts yarns, hooks, etc, collectionsof ephemera or unsusual trinkets for mixed media, easels, new/unopened sets of materials, Dremmel or similar tool, portfolios, drying press, vintage or antique art-making-related items, sets (“everthing you need to make one art quilt”), unopened blocks of clay

NOT desired: used coloring books, completed (or incomplete) artwork, untested

markers, unprotected blades or dysfunctional paper cutters, magazines, CDs, puzzles, half-used

watercolor sets, cans of house paint or other hazardous waste.

What happens to the leftovers?

Unclaimed items will be taken to Resource Exchange, or donated to Handmade Philly. 

Mark Your Calendars – And Call for Vendors! CRAFT PHILA: Liberty Bell Fall Craft Show Celebrates American Handmade Wares

Posted On August 6, 2014

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Philly tourists can bypass the made-in-China liberty bell magnets and other cheaply-made tchotchkes marketed as “souvenirs!” Here’s a new craft show that highlights true sustainability – handcrafted items made in the U.S.A. and sold at the steps of Philadelphia freedom!

CRAFT PHILA: Liberty Bell is holding its first Fall show on Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Presented at the epicenter of American History, surrounded by iconic monuments and greenery, the outdoor juried art fair is staged adjacent to the Liberty Bell Pavilion and Independence Mall. The historic destination welcomes up to 15,000 tourists a weekend according to the National Park Service.

76 independent artists will offer signed goods in a broad range of prices. Expect to see handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and wearables along with decorative and functional wares in a spectrum of contemporary styles. Craft specialties include ceramics, wood, glass, metal, fiber & leather, mixed-media, upcycled & recycled, soaps and candles. Featured in the visual art category are photography, prints, and graphic art.

This is the second installation of CRAFT PHILA, which premiered in June 2014. The event was conceived as public arts tradition and an opportunity for local, regional and national artists to reach a global audience in a famous historic setting.

A few spots are still available so contact the organizers to submit your work!

CRAFT PHILA’s original show and sale was located on 6th Street between Market and Chestnut and now expands onto Chestnut Street between 6th and 7th. Events are free to attend and will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit www.craftphila.org.

Fibered Up: The Tasting Room Ardmore Welcomes Handmade Philly (August 1)

The evening will include a trunk show featuring member Bonnie MacAllister’s works, and Handmade Philly members are invited to lead and participate in fiber demos including weaving and spinning. The public is invited to bring their current fiber projects (crochet, knit, woven, sewn squares of about 2 feet wide) that they are willing to contribute to decorate Ardmore and leave their creative mark in fiber. The event will culminate in live “yarn bombing.” All ages and skill levels are encouraged.

Friday, August 1
The Tasting Room
8 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003

MacAllister led similar community building fiber events last year in Germantown.

Read all about the event here.

Facebook event here

Photo Recap: Handmade Philly + West Elm = Etsy Craft Party!!

Cupcakes + Embroidery + West Elm + Etsy + Handmade Philly = Tons of Crafty Goodness!!

We had a wonderful time at West Elm, as we teamed up to host a workshop for this year’s Etsy Craft Party. This time around we focused on embroidering photos, and tons of people made it out to the event. Thanks everyone!!

If you were unable to make it out on Friday, or if that event just left you yearning for more, fear not! We are having another meet up this afternoon, from 4-6 pm!

Note: if we mislabeled your work, or missed crediting you by name, leave a comment and we will gladly correct the image. 


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Etsy 2014 Craft Party: Handmade Philly / West Elm

Posted On May 30, 2014

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Friday, June 6 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Order tickets via Eventbrite:



You’re invited to Etsy Craft Party 2014: Recapture: Bring new meaning to your photographs. Etsy Craft Party is a one-day celebration of meeting and making. This year’s theme focuses on transforming photographs into display-worthy works of art using a variety of craft supplies and creative techniques.

Handmade Philly will be hosting the event in the West Elm store downtown.

Check out the Etsy Craft Party page for the digital party kit, photos and more.

We’ll have snacks, time to meet and greet and a craft you can make and take home! You can bring some pictures to transform or use some of the ones we’ll have on hand.

Any questions? Contact us

Handmade Philly Etsy Team Page: https://www.etsy.com/teams/5470/handmade-philly-philadelphia-etsy-team

Handmade Philly Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/handmadephilly/

FB Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/692688980780697/

Can’t wait to meet you there!

June Meet Up: Make 3D glasses & experience a 3D member show @ Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar

Hosted by our member, Bonnie MacAllister. Learn how to make 3D glasses and use your new glasses to see her 3D art show at the Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar featuring fibers, painting, fabric prints, and more!

Bring one of your own works in progress to share with the group. 

The Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar features a full bar and full menu including but not limited to vegetarian options, small plates, specialty teas, and brunch items. The curried carrots are incredible!10299080_451928318284549_2565652561968721307_n images

RSVP here at our Facebook event.

Follow Bonnie on Instagram here.

Sunday, June 8 from 4-6 p.m.
at the
Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar
1841-43 Poplar Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 235-2525 (restaurant phone)




Handmade Philly at the Clay Studio!

Posted On March 12, 2014

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March’s meet up at The Clay Studio in Olde City was fabulous. First, we learned how to alter ceramics using decals and porcelain paint, then, we took a tour of the gallery and the studios. Many thanks to our member, Meg Perine for setting up the event, and to the Clay Studio’s curator, Garth Johnson, for leading the demo and the tour! And to the artists of The Clay Studio, for being so welcoming as we walked around and toured the space.

The Clay Studio offers a variety of events for children and adults, including classes and a very popular Date Night.

We took a ton of photos. So many, in fact, that we will be posting them in two separate posts.

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Photo Recap! Decal Workshop:

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Photo Recap! The Current Exhibit:


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Photo Recap! The Studio Tour:

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