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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about the KivaZip program here in Philly: http://www.kiva.org/philadelphia
1/ Please tell us a bit about your project?
Plus, the signage required by the city to identify a polling place is nothing more than a few pieces of paper taped up on the wall outside the door. If you didn’t know what you were looking for, you wouldn’t give it a second glance.
It doesn’t have to be this way! What if we could transform Election Day from something frustrating into something fun?
Our idea is simple. Election Day should be an experience. Instead of boring, confusing signs, let’s use bright, vibrant artwork to identify our polling places. Can artists and performers make Election Day in Philadelphia a little more colorful? We vote yes!
By commissioning more than 50 local artists to create large signs that say “Vote Here” in both English and Spanish, we’ll make it easier for people to find their polling places on Election Day. Plus, we’ll be hiring local musicians and performers to dance, sing, and drum at selected polling places. With art, we aim to make the voting process less confusing AND more enjoyable.
2/ Tell us more about yourself.
Her areas of expertise include nonprofit communication, storytelling, fund development, and millennial engagement strategy. Since 2010, she has held director-level positions in a variety of Philadelphia-based organizations, most recently at the EHL Consulting Group and the Philadelphia Film Society.
Before receiving her M.S. in Leadership for Social Change from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, she completed an AmeriCorps Year of Service in Providence, Rhode Island. An active supporter of the arts, Lansie is the founder of Philly Give & Get, Secretary of the Charlotte Cushman Foundation, Communication Co-Chair at The Spruce Foundation, and a member of the Curtis Crescendo Club. Her go-to karaoke song is “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan.
3/ Will these signs be reused each year?
4/ What is your plan for loss prevention?
5/ Is your project a non profit or for profit? Where will proceeds from this project be spent?
6/ Will each artist be paid?
7/ Additional comments?
That’s right. Despite the internet making registration and finding your polling place easier than ever, voter turnout has been dropping year after year. In fact, across the country voter turnout is the lowest its been in 72 years. Here in Philadelphia, during the recent Mayoral primary only 27% of registered voters go out to the polls, which means that 27% of the electorate made a pretty huge decision for the rest of us.
And just like eating 27% of a cheesesteak or running up 27% of the Art Museum steps, that’s just not good enough.
There are many reasons why folks don’t show up to vote on election day. Here’s a big one: polling places can be located in parks, schools, office buildings, churches, and more. The signage required by the city is nothing more than a few pieces of paper taped up on the wall outside the door. If you didn’t know what you were looking for, you wouldn’t give it a second glance. Plain, out-of-the-way polling locations combined with puny signage can make finding your way a real pain. It makes voting difficult, when it should be great.
That’s why we started Next Stop: Democracy!, a public art project to improve the voting experience in Philadelphia.
Kickstarter page for this project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/306238411/next-stop-democracy-60-signs-60-artists-1-city
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.
Great tips to gain exposure for your small business.
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.
- 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.
- 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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Latest News about Handmade at Amazon
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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