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

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.

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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:

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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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Stitch n Bitch: Every Tuesday Night!

Join us every Tuesday evening! Bring a project or start something new while at the studio! Knit, crochet, embroidery, weaving or sewing. Other art media is welcome as well. Beginners are welcome, we’ll help you get started on a project!

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to attend by emailing info@texphilly.com

Ages 12+.

$7/ per person (cash).

 

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Directions: 2nd side door, on the right. You’ll see a security box: type 00002 for entry.

Portrait Party: March 16!

We are hosting a portrait party.

What is a portrait party? So glad you asked…It’s an event with socializing and art. It’s a super-relaxed space for artists of all skill levels to come together and create portraits of each other. Bring a friend or come on your own. We will provide light refreshments.

Participants will gather in small groups, and each person will take a turn sitting for their group.

Rsvp by emailing info@texphilly.com

BRING: Your own art supplies Fun clothes, wigs and accessories

Ages: 12+. (Minors must be accompanied by an adult)

$10/ person (Cash only)

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Date/ Time: Friday, March 16 from 7-9 pm.

Address: 47 East High Street, Philadelphia

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/175733696385701/

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