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.

Save the Date: Handmade Philly at the Philly Swap

We are glad to announce we’ll be participating in the Philly Swap this year. Members of Handmade Philly will be onsite all day presenting a workshop on how to make jewelry from your textiles and t-shirts.

The Philly Swap will be held at the Broad Street Ministry on Saturday, May 12 from noon to 5 pm.

What is the 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.

This will be Handmade Philly’s 4th year leading a workshop at this event. So come on out, don’t be shy! 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.

Almost Live from Swap O Rama Rama

Wow, we’re here at the Third Annual Swap O Rama Rama at the Navy Yard in the Urban Outfitters building (drive back to the end and take a right) and it is beautiful and amazing!  The building is huge and the tables are full of clothes and fabric. 

Handmade Philly’s team table will be helping visitors make monster pins and collage pins with all sorts of bobbles, pins, buttons, flowers, felt and fabric.

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Handmade Philly + Swap-O-Rama-Rama

n1426196619_5248Bring your under-worn clothing, your unused materials and your urge to upcycle to this year’s Swap-O-Rama-Rama. The annual extravaganza, sponsored by Philadelphia Sewing Collective, Design Philadelphia and Girls Rock Philly, offers DIY demonstrations including sewing and silkscreening as well as pounds and pounds of exchangeable clothing and accessories. Handmade Philly represents with a workshop on appliqué, the reuse of old fabrics to embroider and embellish clothing. As part of the local creative community, we’re excited to support this event on Sunday October 11, from noon to 5pm at The Old Pine Community Center at 401 Lombard Street in downtown Philly. Hope to see you there!
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Philly Etsy Team Gift Swap

So I just got back from a Philly Etsy team gift swap. I got tons of great goodies and met some new folks! In attendance: the creators of Gigglepotamus, Gray Overcast, Sqrl & Bee, Nana Chic, Tremundo, Vermillion Frog and Flying Fox (that’s me). Some of our friends were there too. Traci of Tremundo was awesome enough to put this event together, and hosted too. Thanks everyone!

Etsy Friday Night Workshops

9-16-08 Update: Unfortunately, the Cheltenham Arts Center has closed down. We are in the process of finding a new location for these workshops. Check back for details…

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Swap-A-Rama-Rama!

Posted On July 15, 2008

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As you can see, much laughter and swapping (and eating, yum) ensued. Thanks to all who attended! I personally (Beth) got some great beads from Pidge and some kid’s craft supplies from Angela and Mary which I have already begun using for art therapy materials at work (one kid already used up most of the jewels!) Shanda and Lynn got beads as well, and I saw Amber walk away with some fabric. The treats brought and shared were great, thanks to all who cooked and shopped. I think this would be a great event to hold once every few months and I am happy to host again. More pictures to be posted in a bit!