Schedule of Events: May



Tuesday, May 8 from 7-9 pm
Stitch n Bitch
Location: 47 East High Street, Studio LLA (in Germantown)
Event page:
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members

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:
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members

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:
Ages: 10 and up.
Price: $15 / per person

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:
Price: Teacup Garden workshop is $20/ per workshop participant. All supplies included.

Tuesday, May 15 from 7-9 pm
Stitch n Bitch
Location: 47 East High Street, Studio LLA (in Germantown)
Event page:
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members

Tuesday, May 22 from 7-9 pm
Stitch n Bitch
Location: 47 East High Street, Studio LLA (in Germantown)
Event page:
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members

Tuesday, May 29 from 7-9 pm
Stitch n Bitch
Location: 47 East High Street, Studio LLA (in Germantown)
Event page:
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members

Handmade Philly November Meet Up: Space Pirates Lounge

November’s meeting was held at the Space Pirates Lounge, an art collective in Bridesburg. What an inspiring space! It’s filled with all kinds of handmade creations and art.

December’s meet up will be held in West Philly, at Eris Temple. Details to follow.

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Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center

In the Fall of 2013, Philadelphia-based marketing and management firm, Indigo Bleu Design Concepts will launch their most new brand project the Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center (IBDCC).



Conveniently located in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia, IBDCC, will serve as a creative anchor for the shared use of established and up and coming artists, designers, and the surrounding community. Located at the tip of West Philadelphia’s Centennial district, IBDCC will be a centralized location for creation, social and professional networking and the celebration of the Arts and Culture.

As launch pad for creative professionals and independently operated entrepreneurial firms IBDCC will feature a shared co-op workspace, office suites, design studios, and an open layout gallery/event space.

Indigo Bleu Design Concepts provides business development services, professional coaching and mentoring, design and marketing services to start ups and non-profits.

By providing diverse leasing options on work and office space and networking and retailing opportunities for tenants, IBDCC hopes to serve as enriching resource to its tenants, enhance the vibrancy of the Parkside area by revitalizing the Arts scene and hosting public Arts & Culture events and activities and increase the revenues generated for and through Philadelphia’s creative sector.

Tenants will enjoy the following amenities:

  • Flexible and reasonable leasing options
  •  A secure work space with 24 hour access
  • A convenient location with access to public transportation just 15 minutes outside of Center City
  • Onsite event space and catering services
  • Discounted tenant-rates to event space rental
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Free lot and street parking

Please note: Spots in the co-working space start at 300/month (utilities included) and office spaces start at 500 + utilities.

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.

Local Events: Hidden City Philadelphia

(posted by Jen McCleary)

Hidden City Philadelphia is an upcoming Philly arts festival (May 30-June 28, 2009) that looks absolutely fascinating! I love secret places that have been lost to time, decaying quietly, with only a few people still aware of their existence.  According to the project’s website:

“There are many historical and architectural landmarks around Philadelphia that at one time were all important to the city’s neighborhoods, but their significance – and in some cases their existence – has been forgotten over the years, making them hidden to the people who walk, run, or drive by them every day.  Performing and visual artists have created dance, music, sculpture, video, print, and mixed media pieces inspired by the history and architecture of their selected sites to draw attention back to the important people and places forming Philadelphia.”

Did you know that Philly had a Metropolitan Opera House on N. Broad St? Neither did I! It’s still beautiful, and will be home to a performance during this event.


This is just one of many interesting forgotten places that will be home to art of various kinds during the event! Check out the website for more information. I hope to go see some of these and report back about them!  (Many thanks to Kathy from Artista and our own Ruth, who coincidentally both let me know about this on the same day.)

A Meeting in July (minutes)

First of all, I’d like to introduce myself in case there’s anyone reading who didn’t make it to the team meeting this month…
My name is Liza James and I am the owner and proprietor (read: designer) of Altered States Clothing.
This was my FIRST team meeting, and I am thrilled and excited to be a part of this growing community.

Here’s me (the blond with no face):

On to business.
Here are a few things we’d like you all to follow up on (or take note of) when you have the time:
~ Please stop by Mew Gallery and pick up flyers to pass around the city! We need to promote!
~ send your upcoming news re shows, etc to artiseverywhere (please comment if this is an email address or an IM name? I’m a little confused).
~ Take a look at the “how to get involved” page (website? Please comment with link).
~ If you know any musicians (acoustic or mild) who’d be interested in playing during a Craftadelphia show, pass on their info! Our current possibilities are:
– Allison’t fiance brian plays keyboard.
– Sondra’s roommate steve sings and plays guitar.
– Liza is friends with young gene buffalo.
Each of these people will follow up with their respective friends and report back.
~ Beth is putting the group list-serve together, we need to draft and
send out a press release soon for Craftadelphia.

Learning events we’ll be setting up (and the folks who will be leading):

Liza has started a google calendar called “Etsy Philly Team”. Please search this calendar and use it! It will be invaluable as we gear up to schedule events.
Also, we will need to discuss dates for the following:

~ Class on crochet basics (Angela – 3d toys and creatures) this will be held at the Cheltenham Art Center in August or September.
~ Marketing event at Nicole Carey’s place in S. Philly. Draw, paint, and print flyers to color, copy and distribute. Liza will lead.
~ Computer/Web tutorial at Mary’s place in Fishtown, lead by Lynn and Liza
~ Meet and greet at Allison’s place in W. Philly
~ Swap-a-rama at Beth’s place in S. Philly
~ Paper making with Lynn at Cheltenham Art Center (other suggestions?) We need old blenders… keep an eye out when thrifting!
~ Sewing machine basics and hand-sewing with Amber and Liza (September) at Amber’s?

Suzanne offered to host an event at her day camp in Bensalem. This
can be a retreat with skill swaps (we could do the paper making class
here, for example). They have pool, lake and plenty of outdoor space. – we were thinking about holding this event sometime on labor day weekend. How does August 31st sound?

We’d still like to learn:
~ knitting basics
~ gocco printing
~ screen printing

Selling events we can participate in:
~ DesignPhiladelphia suggested by Suzanne. Ruth will follow up w/ Beth Van Why.
~ Allison’s (bijoux by) neighborhood holds a porch sale in the fall (Powelton Village). It’s $20 to participate. She’ll tell us more about it when she finds out.
~ Amber mentioned an event/ art sale/ craft sale that tours around
from bar to bar: franks, 700 club, etc. Amber, can you find a link for this, or more info?
~ Open Studio tours: registration may have passed but keep it on the radar – we can pick one member and host a group event at their studio or house. The fee is $80 and they do a nice job promoting this event.

Places to research for sales events:

~ Eastern State Penitentiary
~ Studio 34 across from clark park, near the green line cafe.
~ Jamaican Jerk Hut has a nice yard
~ Zot (society hill) has a FABULOUS space… Liza will look into this.

Suggestions for Promoting US, and YOU!
~ Check out a.viary, a user-friendly imaging software currently in beta.
~ Liza and Lynn will be designing a few “team images” (avatars, buttons, etc) to appeal to both male and female sellers and buyers.
~ update your shop info to include info on the team and Craftadelphia
~ CVS sells folding tables for about $20 if you need one for sales events.
~ credit card sales: pro pay costs $30/yr. Recommended by Grace. some people (not in our group) also use cell phones.
~ If you know anyone at a media organization send their email address to with “mailing list” in the subject line. If you know the person well, we could invite them to an event.
~ Do you have a blog or website? Facebook account? Myspace? Promote the team! Post buttons leading to our blog, post about our events, and leave a comment here with your links, so that Liza can include them whenever your name is mentioned!

A few more notes:

~ Sondra is friends w/ coordinator of the Boston Etsy team. We may
try to connect with her to brainstorm team management.
~ Some teams (chicago, brooklyn) add a “teams” image when posting new items on etsy,
Let’s try to do this too. Watch for avatars and buttons from Lynn and Liza in the days to come.
~ Liza’s going to take a look at our website and make recommendations.
~ Bring swap materials to the monthly meetings (3rd
Friday of each month) to share.


I think that’s everything… please, please comment… your input as members of the Philly Etsy team is invaluable!

Hugs and sauerkraut,