January Handmade Philly Meet Up!

January’s meeting will be held in South Philadelphia at Jed Williams Gallery.

Date: January 19th
Time: 3-5 pm
Address: Jed Williams Gallery, 615 Bainbridge Street. Phila.

Bring a snack to share! BYOB (or Wine).
Bring something you’ve made, or bring a Work In Progress.

Looking forward to catching up with you, and for those of you I have not met, I’m looking forward to meeting you!

*Note (call for volunteer): We are looking for someone to take photos at the meeting, and to post about the meeting afterwards, on our blog.

Also, if anyone is interested in leading a skill share, please let me know and I can try to bring supplies!

Please be sure to RSVP if you have a FB account. https://www.facebook.com/events/786491068044878/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular


Handmade Philly Member Feature: Danni M

Danni Morinich, a member of Handmade Philly was given the opportunity to create a soap for The Italian Market Visitors Center. She lives in the neighborhood, she was not only honored to be asked, but so pleased at the result.

If you’re in the neighborhood for the Italian Festival Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th, stop by and see how she worked with the Italian Market Visitors Center to create a soap with an appearance that pays homage to the originators of the market in fragrances that are a nod to the importance of food in the market.
These gems make perfect gifts for the tourist, the foodie or those who still call Philly home while taking up residence elsewhere.

This soap is available exclusively at the Italian Market Visitors Center 919 S. 9th Street (Just south of 9th and Christian between Montrose Street and Salter Street (215) 278-2903.

Niesha Kennedy-Robinson is a lover of things handmade. Besides being a wife and a mother, she is the owner and operator of Wee Bit Trendy, a small online shop that provides Handmade Faux Treats for Baby. She loves DIY (why buy when you can DIY), and doing PR for Sharp with Art Group and West Park Arts Festival

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym – Philly Food Truck Fund Raiser

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In anticipation for the opening of the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, PSG held a Philly Food Truck Fundraiser last month featuring local food trucks, breweries, musicians and artists.

The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym is a community based workshop space for artists that has a wood shop, metal shop, mold making and casting area, small foundry, classroom and gallery. It operates like a gym membership in that you pay a monthly membership fee for access to the equipment. They also offer classes in a variety of processes for every skill level.

For more information on workshops and membership please visit the website: http://www.philadelphiasculpturegym.com

Photographer and Publisher: Ellen K. Bonett

Inspiration: Video Focusing on the Art of Handmade

I happened upon this video today and it features glass-blowing, wood carving, pottery, engraving, turning, and all types of artisan work. Nice!

Handmade Philly: This Saturday at Philly Swap!

As mentioned a few weeks back, some of the folks from Handmade Philly will be holding workshops at Philly Swap this weekend. We will be leading a workshop on how to Make Fabric Necklaces from T-Shirts and we will be leading another workshop on Printmaking/ Stenciling.

Philly Swap will be held at the Broad Street Ministry on Saturday, May 12 from noon to 5 pm. This will be Handmade Philly’s 4th year leading a workshop at this event. So come on out, and don’t forget to bring those clothes you no longer want! Whether you leave with a sack full of goodies, or just one or two special treasures, you’re also bound to leave having gained some new insight on reusing clothes and textiles.

To give you an idea of what we’ll be working on, here are some pics of us making necklaces from t-shirts:

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So, what is Philly Swap? It’s a huge clothing swap complete with sewing machines and workshops, so that you can embellish and re-create all those fabulous finds.

Here’s the back story: In 2005, the Swap-O-Rama-Rama was created as an event to offer alternatives to consumerism.  Its creator and founder, Wendy Tremayne, saw an opportunity to showcase the creative talents of local artists and DIY specialists through recycling clothing and textiles while addressing consumerism head on.  Since then Swap-O-Rama-Rama has reached an international level with clothing swaps happening in cities like Istanbul, Jerusalem, Panama City, and hundreds of others.  Through the sponsorship from the New York Foundation of the Arts the program obtained its status as a 501.3C giving it a non-profit status.  A Creative Commons License protects the Swap-O-Rama-Rama while allowing the event to continue to be affordable and open to the public.

For three years (2008-2010) the Philadelphia Sewing Collective held the Philly Swap here in Philadelphia.  New producers have now stepped forward to relaunch the Philly Swap in Spring of 2012.

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:


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Art and Yoga – perfect together.

Posted On December 21, 2011

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This post is a little different from my usual Multi-Media Material posts since I have been thinking a lot about the connection between making art and practing yoga, especially since I recently did a kid’s yoga teacher training  that really opened up my thinking about both subjects.

So, with that on my mind,  I sat down and made the connection between a half Sun Salutation (a flowing series of yoga poses) and Creativity. Below is the result.

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season – may it be filled with lots of love & art!


Making Art – Inspired by the Sun Salutation

Stand firmly with your feet facing forward – parallel, weight distributed evenly on all four corners of your feet.

Stand firm in your creativity. Do not be afraid to express yourself. Keep your feet firmly planted and allow your head to reach for the sky. When your foundation is stable, you are free to move.

Reach your arms out to the sides, take up all the space you can grow taller, dive forward, and down.

Do not hesitate, but do not rush. Take up all your desk space, floor space then clean it all up. Be free like a child, dive in head first, then swim up to the surface.

Rise  up halfway, back flat, crown of your head reaching straight out in front of you, fingertips touching the ground.

Let your mind be focused and clear, never lose sight of your foundation.

Your ideas will flow right out in front of you.

Melt forward, feel your heart melting as you bow in gratitiude.

Be thankful for your gifts as an artist. Share them with everyone you can. Thank yourself everyday for being you. Notice how your heart gets bigger and happier when you do this.

Rise up, lift your arms up toward the sky. Bring hands to your heart center. Close your eyes and feel your breath as it breathes you.

Notice the beauty in yourself, your heart and your creative mind. You bring beauty into the world by things you make, the words you speak and the thoughts you think.


Photo by MaryJo

MaryJo Rosania is an artist and yoga teacher living in New Hope, PA.

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