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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Photo Recap: Fish Puppet Mania Workshop at Shadfest!

Shadfest Fish Puppet Mania!
Saturday April 28th, 2012

Workshop Leaders:
Ellen K. Bonett
Steve Valerio, Jr.

Shad Fish has been a part of Philadelphia’s history for over 200 years. To celebrate the annual shad run, Handmade Philly provided a workshop for families in which fish puppets were made from envelopes and foam. Both forms were well received, and the children had a blast! Thanks to all of those who came out and supported our first and most likely not last attempt to provide this fun filled activity!

Some interesting facts about shad:

http://phillywatersheds.org/weve-been-shad

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Crafty Balboa Holiday Show

Crafty Balboa hosts a craft show in December at Broad Street Ministries, 315 Broad Street,  in Center City.  This building is a very attractive church that used to be home to the Chambers-Wylie Presbyterian Church.   This past December was a cool and crisp early winter day, and the interior was packed with crafters and shoppers.

The vaulted ceiling of the chapel was lovely and was hung with handmade decorations.  There were approximately 40 booths and shoppers were shoulder to shoulder.  Every type of craft was available — candles, scarves, ornaments, toys, cards, jewelry, t-shirts, placemats, upcycled, vintage, etc.   The main quality that all had in common was that these are not things you could find in a typical department store.   This is a great forum for buying that special, one-of-a-kind gift.  Items were selling at the low to mid range in prices.

One of the sellers here was Angela Davidson of Philadelphia.  She was surrounded by a zoo of her colorful crocheted creatures.  I personally noted squid, fish, cats, ponies, elephants, goats, and unicorns.

Angela uses her knack for color and whimsy and combines this with her skill of crochet to make these great items for gifts for the young and young at heart.  Applications for the holiday show are due in mid October.   Last year’s show was one week before Christmas and it drew a lot of shoppers.  I’m sure the mild weather helped.  Most booths appeared to be busy with shoppers.   My unofficial survey of sellers was positive, although not overwhelmingly so.

by Diane Olivia