Hype & Lavender: Fashionably Crafty Gals & Makers Market

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LiliGlow Boutique is turning 5 years old! To celebrate, Tamara Johnson, the brand’s founder, is hosting Hype & Lavender. Tamara is currently looking for 14 crafty female designers or makers to vend at this event. By the way, free tix to attend Hype and Lavender are currently available as part of the Early Bird Special. Here’s some more info from the event page:

LADIES, COME JAM OUT WITH US AND SHOP LOCAL FASHION & CRAFTERS!

WE HAVE A DJ, SHOPPING, FOOD, & AN ART STUDIO TO ROCK OUT IN!

Event is being held in the Eraserhood/ Loft District over at SAVERY Gallery (319 North 11th Street). Date: August 22, time: Noon to 5pm. See hypeandlavender.splasthat.com for additional details.

9 Tips to Create Your Own Publicity

Posted On July 10, 2015

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Great tips to gain exposure for your small business.

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What is the easiest way to get publicity, build trust and gain visibility for your business? Promoting yourself is the answer. Yes paid PR can guarantee results but self-promotion never hurt anyone! If you don’t do anything, you won’t get anything.
So use one of these tips today,everyday if possible and you’ll see how easily you can create publicity for your company, both online and offline.

  1. Create your content usinggraphics and photos.Use websites likeCanva or PicMonkey to create graphics. Gather (or take) your best product photos or photos showing you in action with the services you provide. Use your content on social media to drive traffic to your website.
  2. Obtain testimonials from your customers or clients. This is pretty easy if you already have a website like Etsy, Amazon, Thumbtack or Fiverr where you sell your services or products. Most of the time websites such as these have a…

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Handmade at Amazon is Accepting Applications

Posted On June 26, 2015

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Latest News about Handmade at Amazon

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As promised, I am keeping up on Handmade at Amazon!

Well today I received an email encouraging me to apply to become a Handmade at Amazon Artisan.

“Handmade” is an invite only community so you have to complete an application. Right now, Handmade at Amazon is open to artisans who make Jewelry, Home products (Art, Baby Bedding, Bath, Bedding, Furniture, Home Décor, Kitchen & Dining, Lighting, Patio, Lawn & Garden, Storage & Organization), Party Supplies and Stationery.

The application is pretty straight forward and simple.  It asks the normal questions such as your business name, city, state, website, etc.  Then it gets into the nitty gritty asking questions such as:

  • What type of products do you sell?
  • How do you make them?
  • Are they indeed handmade or hand-altered?
  • How long have you been selling?
  • Where do you sell?
  • Do you sell at Craft Fairs?

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Move over Etsy… Make room for Handmade at Amazon

Posted On June 26, 2015

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etsyamazon2If you are a fellow Etsian (Etsy seller), you’ve probably heard through the grapevine or better yet, received an email from Amazon directly about their new venture “Handmade at Amazon”.

The email states “We’re offering artisans like you a first peek at Handmade, a new marketplace for handcrafted goods.”

“Handmade at Amazon” is still in the very early stages, and I couldn’t find much about it besides the information in the actual email and a few other blog posts. The email didn’t provide many details about the launch date, selling guidelines or fees. The invite did include a link to a form on Amazon’s website that asks what you sell, with a bigger focus being put on Jewelry and Home and Kitchen, which are both huge Etsy selling categories.

Amazon is much bigger than Etsy as a marketplace. Amazon gets more traffic and is a household brand name. Etsy…

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Kelly Kozma: Mixed Media Class at Paradigm Gallery

Kelly Kozma’s mixed media show is currently on exhibit at Paradigm Gallery, located at 746 S. 4th Street, right down on Fabric Row. We are excited to check out the show but equally excited about the class Kelly is going to be leading!

FREE SUNDAY ART CLASS
Mixed Media Techniques with Kelly Kozma

Sunday June 7, 2015 • 12pm, 2pm, 4pm*

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Make sure to reserve your spot on Ticketleap:
http://paradigm-gallery.ticketleap.com/mixed-media-techniques-with-kelly-kozma/details

All supplies will be provided for you at the gallery. Sessions will start on the hour at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm. Check out more of Kelly’s work and get some inspiration here: http://www.kellykozma.com/

All works made in this free art class will be exhibited in our annual Community Arts Project Exhibition this winter and will be sold for $20 each. 100% of funds will support future free art class programming.

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.

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