Interview with Megan Haupt

Megan Haupt is leading a seminar on Healthy Food Relationships this coming Saturday, January 27th at the Tulpehocken Exchange from 2-3:30 pm.

I first met Megan years ago, through our mutual involvement with a variety of community and arts events. The one that stands out in my mind is Swap O Rama Rama, which, as I understand it, Megan facilitated. This was a huge event with easily a thousand people in attendance. It was a clothes swap with workshops, dedicated to reducing textile waste by keeping clothes out of the landfills and waste stream. This was an expertly run event. Handmade Philly was one of the many organizations present, hosting workshops.

Years later, I attended a class hosted by the Permaculture Society, at Wyck House in Germantown. Megan was the instructor, leading an engaging dialogue on miso, complete with history, nutrition, preparation and cooking demos. Again, the information I gathered that day resonated, and I incorporated miso into my life at a much deeper level than before the class.

When we opened the doors to Tulpehocken Exchange, I reached out to Megan and of course, asked her to get involved. These days her focus has been on food education, which leads us to Saturday, when Megan will be leading a seminar on Healthy Food Relationships. We do hope you’ll join us!

Below is an interview I recently conducted with Megan.

Name: Megan Haupt

Age: 46

Hometown:  Langhorne, PA (Bucks County)

Current town:  Flourtown

Job description:  Founder, Hungry Education

Bio:  Megan has been a food educator for over 12 years, teaching adults and children in community-based settings. She believes that food education must meet people where they are in order to be effective, and that educating the entire family is essential to help kids become food-smart. Her areas of interest include: food history, food science, and food culture.

In addition to her education experience, Megan has launched several small businesses and has professional backgrounds in higher education, business (non- and for-profit), and the performing arts.

Megan is an active member of PA Nutrition Education Network.

Upcoming projects:  More picky eating research, designing a summer camp for Reading Terminal Market.


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Describe your work. Forward facing with TONS of research.

What themes and concepts does your work generally revolve around? I am fascinated with food history, food science, food culture, and food futurism and how all of them are currently intersecting.

What are you currently working on? How to get people to pull back the curtains when it comes to diet and food. Most people are afraid to look and I am trying to find ways to make it less scary.

What’s been happening in your life? A LOT of shifting. Delving into these topics of food relationship and personal accountability has been uncomfortable for me as well.

What’s next for you? How do we get people to engage around the topic of food relationships. How do we demystify and how do we bring it to a digital environment.

Describe your current state of mind. Constantly running.

What’s inspiring you? Really exciting changes in storytelling as a whole. Old narratives need to GO!

Is any of your work political? Oh yes, but mostly on an individual level. Food is deeply personal, larger changes can only occur when there is widespread individual change.

What are you trying to communicate with your art? Food is WAY more than just nutrients. Food parallels life. If you are not engaged with your food, you are not engaged with your life.


What is one of the biggest challenges you face? Time and how to balance work and life.

Has the meaning of your work changed over time? Most definitely. I am almost full circle with my understanding of food and life. I see that I will most likely be closer once I go through menopause.

What is your dream project? So many. Maybe a food ed conference for educators around the topic of food relationships.

Do you collaborate with other people? All the time. A good collaboration is exhilarating. A bad one is crushing.

What are a few of your favorite spots in your area? Wissahickon, Norristown Farm Park, Erdenheim Farm, The Farm Cooking School, Good Spoon Soupery, Hungry Pigeon, Kensington Quarters.


People in your field whom you most admire: Edna Lewis (the Grandmother of farm-to-table), Heather Thomasan (founder of Eat Retreat, Primal Supply Meats, lady butcher), Marion Woodman.

What are you reading? “The Edible Woman” by Margaret Atwood.

Favorite comic strips/ comic books/ graphic novels? Krazy Kat, anything by Chris Ware.

What are you listening to these days? early Deutschpunk: or

What was the last show you attended? Sleep at Union Transfer; it’s been a while.

What was the last exhibit you attended? PHL Assembled at PMA Perelman bldg.

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Join us for Megan’s seminar on Healthy Food Relationships this coming Saturday, January 27th at the Tulpehocken Exchange from 2-3:30 pm. 47 East High Street, Right Entrance.

Please rsvp by emailing:

$15/ per person, sliding scale (pay what you can). Suggested for Ages 15+.

Light refreshments served.


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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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

A Visit to the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Oaks, PA

Sugarloaf Crafts produces several festivals every year in the Northeast.  This November I attended the show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.   When arriving with my Friday ticket, I received another ticket for entrance on Saturday or Sunday, which I thought was nice.  The show is huge, and one might not see everything on the first visit.   There are over 260 booths, so you might want to economize your energy by seeking out your favorite booths first and then doing your general browsing.    The event was wheelchair accessible.   If walking, wear comfortable shoes for the cement floors are hard on feet.  I’m including a few highlights here, and the photos should become larger with clicking.

Susan Wechsler Designs, Chester, NJ

Susan creates hand built, high fired, sculpted porcelain and stoneware.   Her works have dimension, texture, and use a rich palette of colors.  Much of her work is inspired by nature, as you can see with the shapes of leaves on many pieces.   Her red maple leaf line really picks up the actual colors of autumn.   She has an extensive line of cheese plates with coordinating knives, which would make a pleasing gift for just about anyone.

JMN Creations, Pittsburgh, PA

Joseph Lavrich was an experienced cabinet maker before directing his talents to wood turning.  He uses domestic woods to make his lovely creations.  He knows the characteristics of each type of wood, and uses this knowledge to make pieces of varying smoothness, color, and pattern.  He told me that although he might start off with a certain design in mind, he allows the wood itself to tell him how the design will actually “turn” out.

Simon Xianwen Zeng, Flushing, NY

Simon paints in acrylics and oils, and also has giclee prints of his originals for sale.  His works show lively colors in landscapes and nature, among other subjects.   In addition to brilliant, popping colors, his paintings’ subjects are clear and artfully succinct.   I especially enjoyed the painting of the autumn red tree, perfectly colored for fall, the leaves represented by even swirls.

Light Painter Photography, Stroudsburg, PA

Dan Mohr’s specialty is fine art nature photography.  He showed many works of the beautiful countryside of the Poconos.   He explained to me the high quality of the inks that are used in his giclee prints, and that they can last for 50 years or longer, depending on display and storage.   His works are printed on canvas wrapped frames, making an actual frame unnecessary if so desired.  The image detail and colors can have you reliving your last trip to the Poconos, or wishing you were planning such a visit.

Olevano, Wilmington  DE

Olevano gets its olives from their family farms in southern Italy, and produces their oils, cosmetics, and soaps in Wilmington.  I can attest to the tastiness of their lemon infused olive oil, and there are many other flavors such as red pepper and white truffle.  Their soaps are lovely and are made in a variety of fragrances.  They seem to be able to do anything and everything that one can do with olive oil.  I thought the design of their honeycomb olive oil soap was just darling.

Add the above mentioned artists to another 255, and you have yourself a very full day, and perhaps a very full weekend.   The next Sugarloaf show will be in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the weekend of  November 18th.  They will be back in Philadelphia on the weekend of March 16, 2012.

—  Written by Diane Olivia

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

Photo Recap – Philadelphia Independent Craft Market 2009

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 During Philly’s first snow shower, 7 members of Handmade Philly displayed their handmade crafts at the Philadelphia Independent Craft Market, Holiday Edition. Holiday shoppers also enjoyed free Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer!

Over 5 awesome bands played their original music while we all browsed for that special one-of-a-kind gift. Many thanks to 2424 Studios in Fishtown for allowing the use of their magnificant gallery space.

” Quote – 2424 Studios, Philadelphia’s newest work studio community. Located in Fishtown at the corner of York and Gaul streets, right off of I-95, and convenient to public transportation, 2424 Studios consists of over 100 work studios and/or office suites that range from 350 to over 6,000 square feet. The rents start at $399 per month and units are now available! Also located within 2424 Studios is the “Skybox,” an unparalleled and climate controlled event space of over 6,200 feet that is for tenants’ use, for community use and for rent to the public. 2424 Studios is now open to the public so please feel free to come by any time to take a look.

Money raised by the Craft Market benefitted the 941 Theater. Thanks Julie for organizing another great show!

Not done your holiday shopping? You can always find the Handmade Philly’s members by searching Etsy for “Philly Team“.

It’s that time of year again!


Yes, for the design community of Philadelphia it’s the time of year when studios and galleries open their doors for lectures and meet & greets, samples sales & workshops – it’s DesignPhiladelphia time. There’s so much going on that it would be almost impossible to list them all here (not to mention redundant – check out the website!), but here’s a couple of things I’m excited about checking out:

Oct. 7:
DesignPhiladelphia Kick-Off at LOVE Park!
The Indoor and Outdoor Lounge, created by Minima for the Welcome House, will feature local, national, and international designer furniture.

and while I’m there I’ll be looking at…
The Welcome House
Presented by First Person Arts in collaboration with InLiquid, The Welcome House is an artist residency by day and an art installation by night. The 10′ x 10′ transparent cube will reside in Love Park at 15th and JFK from October 4-13, 2009. Conceived and curated by artist Marianne Bernstein, designed by Interface Studio Architects with nighttime projection by Ricardo Rivera of klip collective, 10 Philadelphia artists and designers will create new work based on their interaction with the public. The work created in The Welcome House will be exhibited at the First Person Festival at the Painted Bride Art Center, Nov. 3-8. It will remain on exhibit through Dec. 31.

Oct. 8:
Philadelphia Fashion Week
Location: 23rd Street Armory
The first annual Philadelphia Fashion Week will include a jam-packed schedule of fashion designers from Philadelphia and across the globe showcasing what is in style. Attendees will have the opportunity to shop with retailers on site between shows. Tickets will be available through advance purchase only.

Philadelphia Fashion Week is a three-day event that will take place from October 8 – 10, 2009 with the following schedule each day:
5:00PM – 6:00PM – The best of student designers from area colleges
6:00PM – 8:00PM – Streetwear designers
8:00PM – 10:00PM – Contemporary couture designers

Oct. 9:
Windows Throughout Old City – Opening Event
“Windows Throughout Old City” is part of a contest sponsored by OCBC as part of the Designphiladelphia celebration. Stroll the historic blocks of Old City filled with window displays designed by students, recent graduates, professionals, and artists in various fields of design. Window tours will commence the week of October 2nd. Hosted at Dane Decor’s lovely Old City Showroom, hor’s d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

If you’re out and walking around be sure to check out the Old City Cheese Shop window on 160 N. 3rd Street designed by Handmade Philly member Jenny Kellerhals!


Oct. 10:
TangenT Art Collaborative – William Cromar, Yvonne Love, and Gabrielle Russomango – present 709B. Multiple video projections featuring performance artists Joel Richard Gori and Sasha Tainovch and a free art “takeaway” are just part of this TangenT production. Mapping and projection are a means by which identity and place are distilled and presented, often conveying only a strategic truth. This work is a multimedia meditation on the friction that exists between reality and its presentation to ourselves and others. Rittenhouse Square, adjacent to Parc restaurant.

Oct. 11:
2nd Annual Philly Swap-O-Rama Rama

and hopefully a little…
Philly PoP- A PoP Up Experience Shop
“Philly PoP- A PoP Up Experience Shop” in downtown Philadelphia is part of an ongoing series of traveling “PoP Up Experience Shops” whereby participants use their background in art and design to transform an unconventional space into a fashion, art and music house for one day. Showcasing the work of Philadelphia and New York based fashion designers, artists and graphic designers, Philly PoP invites members of the public to partake in a fun, interactive display of design. Attendees will also be able shop the collections of featured designers and artists. Please RSVP to

Oct. 12:
Join us for a talk on how to have your work seen and published. An overview of how to gain the attention of writers, editors, competition jurors, and the masses. Presentation includes a discussion of public relations tactics and case studies from Go Welsh, a design studio based in Lancaster, PA.

Oct. 13:
Sneak Peek of 10 Rittenhouse Square
Join host ARCWheeler, the project’s developer, and other project participants for this exclusive sneak peek, guided hard hat tour of 10 Rittenhouse Square, the newest luxury residential building to open in Philadelphia.

and of course…
Ignite Philly
Ignite Philly is part of a worldwide network that entertains and educates people in fresh, short bursts. Each presenter is on stage for a total of 5 minutes â�� 20 slides, running in 15 second intervals. For DesignPhiladelphia 2009, presenters will tackle design-related issues in the nightclub setting of Fishtown’s Johnny Brenda’s. Join us for a DesignPhiladelphia closing event.

Hope to see you out!

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