Artists’ Garage Sale At The Mt. Airy Art Garage!

Find Your Heart’s Delight At Our Upcoming Artists’ Garage Sale At The Mt. Airy Art Garage!

FINAL Garage Sale (new)

With the arrival of Spring, garage sale season is upon us and here at MAAG, it’s no exception. So, on Saturday, May 11, from 10 AM-3 PM at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave., we’re holding an Artists’ Garage Sale and inviting all of YOU!

Our artists are looking to lighten their loads and clean out their spaces—all to your advantage! There is something for everyone, art lovers, parents of budding young artists, schools, and artists alike. If you’re an artist, especially those working on a budget, this is the place for you. Perhaps you’d like to start an art collection, or maybe you’re a parent who needs to restock your kids’ crafts, or an art-lover looking for a good deal. Regardless of your incentive, these deals will not disappoint!

Most items will be priced to sell, ranging from only $1-$30 (for that extra special original piece), so be sure to stop by. Just look at the array of items that have already come in:

  • Original artwork/Original glass work
  • Paints
  • Tins and storage boxes/ Art containers and display boxes
  • Sculpture stands
  • Art magazines and books
  • Tools
  • Drawing materials, inks, sketchpads
  • Frames/Canvas
  • Letterpress supplies
  • Handmade paper
  • And much more…

They say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and, in this case, it truly applies! With materials and supplies priced this low, it would be foolish to miss out. So, bring your appetite for an aesthetic deal and get ready to find a deal that’s bound to please!

The Mt. Airy Art Garage’s Artists’ Garage Sale runs from 10 AM – 3 PM on Saturday, May 11 at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave., Philadelphia PA 19119. Admission is FREE and all proceeds will support the Mt. Airy Art Garage. All leftover art/supplies will be donated to schools in need that are participating in our current Rain Barrel Project.

Photo Recap: Handmade Philly’s Holiday Workshop at The Resource Exchange

Many thanks to everyone who attended our workshop at the Resource Exchange!  The Resource Exchange, located in Port Richmond, is a nonprofit reuse center dedicated to promoting creative reuse, recycling, and resource conservation by diverting valuable materials from the waste stream and redirecting them to artists, builders, educators and the general public. We had a great time making books, garland, lanterns and various other arts and crafts projects!

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This Saturday if you’re in the Philadelphia area come check out Northern Liberty’s latest jewelry studio, Concrete Polish.  Jeweler’s Angela Monaco, owner of Concrete Polish and Linda Smyth of  Topstich come together to bring you their original and collaborative creations. An exquisite mashup of baubles to stimulate your cutting edge fashion exploration. 716 n. 3rd st,  Sat June 4th from 6-10. Music by Guns Garcia, sweet treats, libations, friends and fun!!

Books On The Move! HMP Book Exchange Exhibit #1 – Hello Bluebird!

Today, Jan Cohen and I set up the first of three exhibits displaying the books from the Handmade Philly Book Exchange. Hello Bluebird is a sweet little shop bursting with awesome handmade creations from all over PA and more. I couldn’t help but shop a little while I was there, and I encourage everyone to take a trip out to West Reading (why not in the month of February, get some great handmade pieces AND see the HMP Book Exhibit)! All Handmade Philly members and friends are invited to come out to Hello Bluebird on February 20th at 2 PM for a meet and greet with other PA artists and craftspeople.

Click here for more info about Hello Bluebird and click here for more info about the Handmade Philly Book Exchange and the participating artists.

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MaryJo Rosania is proud to be a member of Handmade Philly and loves collaboration.

Shop Local with Handmade Philly.

This holiday season, and always for that matter, shop local and buy handmade.

Shopping local is my favorite way to shop. It’s a fun and thoughtful way to share a handmade item from your little part of the world. The recipient is guaranteed to open up something that is one-of-a-kind and personally selected by You!

Let’s meet a few Philly area locals,  and members of Handmade Philly, who have stocked their shops with beautiful gift ideas for you to share this season.

Heidi Urbanski – State College, PA

Heidi's creations come from her "kitchen" studio.

Hey!  My name is Heidi Urbanski and I am a stained glass artist and jewelry designer in State College, PA. My studio is my kitchen counter and I work on my art between loads of laundry and whenever my kids give me a break.  Balance is the name of the game when you have kids, and my balancing act is precarious.  Has my son had a popsicle at 9 am because I had to finish a custom order?  Yes.  In the vast scheme of things, does this really matter?  Nope. 


Staci Egan, Contempo Jewelry – State College, PA

Staci is part of the creative environment of Surface Artists Cooperative.

All Contempo Jewelry pieces are designed & hand created by me, Staci Egan. Contempo Jewelry designs are nature inspired featuring wire working techniques using precious metals, semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls. I specialize in bridal wear and custom designs. Being a small part of someone’s big day is an honor and I cherish every moment.

My studio space is located in Surface Artist Cooperative –  Surface is located in State College and includes 7 creative women. Surface is an incredibly creative and exciting environment.

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Wendy Edsall-Kerwin, Hammerstroke & Fire – Elizabethtown, PA

Using a hammer and a torch Wendy makes the world a more beautiful place.

Metal.  To many it is hard, rigid, and immovable.  But metal flows, bends, and can be worked over and over again.  It is both industrial and organic.  Through processes such as fold forming, forging, and riveting, I am able to work with this dual nature, to connect with my materials.

These techniques have also allowed me to explore texture and pattern in new ways.  To bring more depth to my work, I use layers, folds, and textures on the metal.  Using rivets rather than soldering pieces together puts focus on the different parts that make up each piece.  They give a physical presence to the joining, a reminder that someone chose these parts to make a whole.

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Jodi Clark, Tubby Tabby – Harrisburg, PA

Jodi finds quiet inspiration amidst the sound of traffic whizzing by.

I’m Jodi from Tubby Tabby’s Jewelbox on Etsy.

I’ve always had a creative spark in me, but occasionally I get stumped for ideas. I live in a busy part of the city, so traffic runs right in front of my house. When I need inspiration or just need to think I sit on my front porch, watch the traffic and the people and the idea’s usually start flowing. I think I like the sound of the cars whizzing by—it calms me.


Diana Albrecht, Pretty Cool Shops & Pretty Cool Clothes – Coatsville, PA

Diana in one of her vintage one-of-a-kind hats.

PrettyCoolShops is the place for handmade retro and vintage style clothing, purses, accessories, and more ~ for women and men. I am passionate about creating handcrafted items that are meticulously made and one of a kind!  Custom orders welcome.

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Margaret Almon, Nutmeg Designs – Lansdale, PA

Margaret at home in her Mosaic Studio.

I’m most at home in my mosaic studio, my natural habitat of a ‘one bedroom, two studio rowhouse’ as my husband, Wayne Stratz, likes to say.  He’s the stained glass half of the dynamic duo of Nutmeg Designs.


To see the full roster of Handmade Philly members click here

Reported by: Tanna Paradis Love.Honor.Upcycle.

Art Activism: Arts on South gives Handmade a Chance

Arts Street Textile Studio: Handmade with the Homeless, 626 South St. Open Wednesday through Sunday 3-8pm. $1 drop-in work sessions (up to a full afternoon and evening). ALTWalk and Fourth Friday (Arts on South gallery walk) beginning Friday, October 22, 5-8pm and continuing through December.  Contact Kathryn Pannepacker, and Leslie Sudock,

Textile Arts: A fancy word for something we’ve done for centuries. As local textile and Mural Arts artists, Kathryn Pannepacker, likes to point out, fabrics are as universal and diverse as language. Every nationality and culture has an expression; traditions of imagery, color and pattern woven into blankets, rugs, tapestries and clothes.

Inside Art Street Textile Studio

Inside Art Street Textile Studio

Rob, a man who spends his evenings at the Ridge Avenue Shelter, has become a weaver. During open hours at Art Street Textile Studio, an open studio on South Street directed by Pannepacker and fellow fabric artist, Leslie Sudock, he weaves scarves on a floor loom that are sold at the studio’s storefront. Lately, he has brought friends from the shelter and taught them how to use a loom.
The Studio is an independent, artist-run project aimed at breaking down the stigma around homelessness by building a community around textiles. It is operated entirely by unpaid volunteers. Anyone interested in working on a loom, knitting, crocheting, quilting or embroidering can sign in, leave a dollar and spend the afternoon working with other locals while receiving informal lessons from the studio directors. Projects created in the studio are sold there, at an affordable price, and proceeds are split 50/50, with half to the crafter and half to the studio for operating costs.
The effort is a continuation of Finding Home, a woven mural at 13th & Ludlow Streets. During the mural’s creation, Pannepacker and fellow Mural Arts artists, Josh Sarantitis and Shelby Donnelly along with many local artists and volunteers, worked in homeless shelters and cafes, guiding homeless through the weaving process to add to the mural. Citywide, there were hundreds of participants. The mural—Woven from the strips of parachute paper where participants wrote their personal stories, poems and prayers—required studio space. Pannepacker worked in the 8th street café, a now defunct shelter. At times when the mural was stuck in paperwork or other hold ups, she kept the energy going by assisting participants with individual projects. Unfortunately after the mural was completed, 8th street café was closed and there was an even stronger need to keep the studio going. “There was this whole community and enthusiasm and eagerness for this project as it developed, “ Pannepacker says. “When the café closed, there was this [reaction of], ‘oh my god, where’s the studio gonna go? What are you guy’s gonna do?'”

Pannepacker and participants in an outdoor studio, Logan Park

Pannepacker, Sudock, along with participating artists and studio members took the looms and equipment to Central Library, where she operated an informal studio a few afternoons a week. In the summer, eager to get non-homeless in on the project as well, the studio moved outdoors to Logan Square Park. The directors even set up makeshift canvases on standing looms so people could paint. Within a few months the project was picked up by Arts on South, an effort to reduce vacancies on South Street by providing rent-free spaces to the arts and on September 24, 2010, Art Street Textile Studio to South Street.  Rob and other participants from shelters across the city followed the Studio to its new location. “We’re teaching folks some basic things,” Pannepacker says. “[Textile] is a real tangible medium to work with. Your feel it. Your hands are right in it.”

Currently, the Studio houses three looms, a store and limited gallery space, crochet and knitting stations and a backroom lounge and free coffee and tea for people who are working. Pannepacker and Suduck along with artists, Rachel Gucwa and Mary Newsom manage the studio durring open hours.  Materials are provided, largely through donation, and the Studio also plans to open the upstairs for quilting and hold public workshops, at an affordable price during daytime hours. If you are interested in volunteering, donating or holding workshops in the space, please contact the directors or stop by the Studio during open hours.

This is a community-invested arts project. There are many ways to get involved:

Donations. Arts Street Textile Studio seeks the following donations:
Soft yarns
Warp (foundation strings)
Cash donations (directors and employees are currently unpaid volunteers)

Volunteer Opportunities:
Managing during office hours
Network at local shelters for increased participation

Artist Opportunities:
Design and hold workshops at the Studio
Set up Looms
Network at local shelters (particularly women’s shelters) and show your handmade work
Exhibit local artwork (Ask Directors)

-Dana Henry

Buy local, buy Handmade Philly!

Recently, I had the opportunity to spotlight Handmade Philly artist in my local library. At the Haverford Township Free Library located in Havertown, we have a fairly large glass display case which is currently filled with handmade lovelies!

So many fun items to buy!

It’s all over the news how terrible libraries are doing right now so our local Friends of the HTFL group is working hard to come up with creative ways to fill the gaps in our library’s budget. Hence the consignment shop! Now we’re able to help out local artist’s trying to get their work out to a broader audience while all the profits go to the library. Thanks so much for all the Handmade Philly artists who are participating!

If you’re a local artist (to the Philly area) and would like the opportunity to show your wares, please contact

And if you’re looking for a great gift now – stop by the library!!

~Nicole Bruno

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