The National Liberty Museum’s
2nd annual jewelry and wearable art fundraiser.
LUXE PREVIEW PARTY : Friday, April 29, from 5pm – 9pm
Be among the first to view and purchase from this gorgeous collection of artisan jewelry and wearable art. Meet the artists, watch demonstrations, enjoy delicious wine and hors d’oeuvres. Plus… a special whiskey tasting sponsored by Whistle Pig. Tickets are $75 per person. And… you can return to NLM the next day, when the LUXE event continues until Saturday, April 30, 10am – 3pm.
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Pictured starting top left : Verushka Stevens, Shana Kroiz and Nirit Dekel
April 2, 2016
Individuals In attendance:
Kim Connerton, PhD – Installation Artist
Maryfrances Davis – Performance Artist & Writer
Leslie Manas – Craft Phila Liberty Bell Fairs
Amber Zaraza – PheaJean
Joyce Mercer – Jewelry and Wire Artist
Monique Mixon – Mix-On The Memories
Matt Baron – Artist and Entrepeneur
Lesley Haas – Paper Artist
Tamara Johnson – Liliglow Boutique
Lynda Schwechtje & Calvin Wimbish – Knitswithafist
Community Coordinator, Ruth Schanbacher, greeted everyone and called the meeting to order around 1:15.
Monique Mixon – Mix-On The Memories
The meeting started with Lesley Haas giving her background as an artist. She has traveled and lived around the world and has exhibits in some of the galleries she most admires. While she enjoys being successfully exhibited, she would like a museum to promote her. Meanwhile, she’s having a show on May 20 at Jed Williams’ Gallery, which we know will be the next step toward reaching her goal.
Lesley recently acquired a stash of glass beads from a house sale, and has combined them with her paper art. She quickly demonstrated how she makes papier mache shapes and fashions them into pendants along with the beads and other findings. She supplied the group with materials to make pendants during the meeting.
Tamara Johnson has recently gone professional designer with her company, Liliglow Boutique! She shared her story with the group. Making a good living working with data at Temple University, she found herself unhappy and unsatisfied with the balance in her life. After reading the book, “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, Tamara used her savings as an investment in herself, opened her brand, and hasn’t looked back since. Tamara designs and sells skirts and bags and has started a collective with other designers. She is working toward opening a space in Northern Liberties or Old City where people can design and sew projects together. She previously hosted an event recently at SAVERY Gallery called Hype & Lavender, which several members commented was very well-organized! Tamara is having a fashion show event on Wednesday, April 20 at the RAW Philly event, taking place at the Trocadero. Her new line of fashion will be revealed at the event. Two tickets to the RAW Philly event were given as door prizes.
Leslie Manas suggested that Lesley Haas keep contacting museums and galleries using multiple methods of communication, such as mailing cards, sending e-mails, etc. and advised her not to give up.
Matt Baron mines the internet, researching trends on Google; then he provides people with products they don’t yet realize they want! He has been very successful with this marketing approach, and stays flexible with his strategies to fit the popular trends. At the moment, he is selling gluten-free flours produced by an Amish source.
Monique Mixon of Mix-On Memories is a licensed independent travel agent with Tara Crown Travels, which allows her to work from anywhere while also running her arts business. She, like Matt, remains flexible to the market, following trends and enjoying making products with paper and wood. She started out with scrap-booking and her business continues to evolve.
Maryfrancis Davis recently attended Ruth Schanbacher’s workshop and is making wearable art. She brought a project with her and worked on it at the meeting, using strips of tulle and ribbon, as well as other materials to embellish a framework. She shared a story with the group about working in the past as a clown with Bill Cosby.
Kim Connerton is an Art Educator and Installation Artist who has recently returned to Philadelphia and has recently been asked to write for Aesthetica online magazine. She is exploring Philly for opportunities and will decide whether to stay in the area, which she likes so far. (We hope she will stay).
So many of Handmade Philly’s members are featured in this Shopping Guide by Mateo Londono! Be sure to check it out, and spread the love!
“Big cities mean tons of options, which unfortunately can also mean too many options when you’re pressed to find the best. So to share the best local makers in Philly, we’ve assembled the A-team of insiders: some of our favorite Krrb members and resident influencers with knowledge on where to go and what to pick up. Let’s meet the team!”
March 28, 2016
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The next Handmade Philly meet up will be held on Saturday, April 2nd from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Location: Last Drop Cafe (Lower Level). 1300 Pine St, Philadelphia 19107. This event is open to the public. You do not need to “officially” be a member of Handmade Philly. All ages.
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Paper Artist Lesley Haas will be leading a demonstration at the meeting. If you have recently completed some work, (or have a work in progress), feel free to bring to show and discuss. This is a great opportunity to meet other artists, crafters and makers (both established and emerging). It’s been some time since we had a meet up so please try to attend! Bring business cards (or artist trading cards)!
Parking is a challenge in this area so if you are driving, please give yourself plenty of time. Accessible by many modes of SEPTA.
Please plan to purchase something from Last Drop if possible, while at the meet up.
Handmade Philly is a free group for established and emerging artists, makers, designers and crafters to come together to socialize and learn from each other.
Handmade Philly January Meet Up: Cancelled Due to Impending Storm. (insert sad face) We will be rescheduling in February.
This week I attended KivaZip’s event at the Center for Architecture, celebrating the launch of their program here in Philadelphia one year ago. Since the launch, Kiva has been responsible for 71 small businesses receiving microloans of $5k or more. Philadelphia’s repayment rate is over 90%! As a trustee with the program, I am able to recommend people, and help them with the process if they wish to become a borrower. My focus is on helping artists, makers and crafters reach the point where they can either launch their business or take it to the next level, and expand. If you are a member of Handmade Philly and would like to learn more about the process, contact me at email@example.com
To learn more about the KivaZip program here in Philly: http://www.kiva.org/philadelphia