Handmade Philly + Tulpehocken Exchange: Winter Art Classes

We are stoked to announce a partnership between Handmade Philly and a new maker space, Tulpehocken Exchange. We are hosting a number of workshops at the new space, located in Germantown at 47 East High Street (the 47Arts building), including Silhouette Portraits, Holiday Watercolor Card Making, Winter Still Life Painting & Pastel Portraiture. We will be posting additional details in the near future, so stay tuned!

All classes are age 12 and up.

winter handmade philly classes kirsten ashley updated

Check out http://www.uglystepsisterart.wordpress.com for more details about Kirsten Ashley’s art work and upcoming classes.

To sign up, email info@handmadephilly.com

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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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April showers with events in and around Philadelphia

Events are growing as the sun is shining! April is certainly showering with lots of events in the next couple of weeks. Here is my round up of what I have found.

By Lisa Hwang http://www.lightmosaics.com, www.lightmosiacs.etsy.com , http://twitter.com/lightmosaics

Saturday, April 17, 5:30-10:30pm, Handmade Philly Speaking @ Pechu Kucha Night, Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia; Pecha Kucha Night: Philadelphia VOLUME 5; we will exercise the esoteric humors of sharing, exploring, and storytelling amongst a few Philly denizens who are making things happen in and around our fair city. VOLUME 5 will have a mini-theme of “Made By Hand,” expanding from our first foray into the suited theme from PKN Volume 4;To that end, we have amassed an awesome team of presenters who will take us through their creations at 400 second intervals. http://www.pecha-kucha.org/night/philadelphia/5

Saturday, April 17, 10am – 5pm, Wearable Art & Craft Show to benefit the Animal Orphanage @ The Promenade Shopping Center, Rt 73, Marlton, NJ; Proceeds from this event are donated to the Animal Orphange in Voorhees. Come out and support a good cause and buy handmade! www.animalorphanage.com

Saturday, April 17, 11-6pm, Philadelphia Designers Market @ First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 South 17th St, Philadelphia; a fashion retail/shopping experience allows designers to directly interact with their customers at low cost, little hassle and high exposure; this format provides designers an environment in which they can foster relationships between themselves, other businesses and consumers

Sunday, April 18, 12-5pm, Manayunk Celebrates Earth Day, Cotton and Main Streets, Manayunk, PA; Food, live music, a charity cut-a-thon from art+science salon, water balloon toss, eco-friendly artists, sidewalk sales and lots of drinking water for pets! Some of my favorite vendors will be there: www.voltasoap.com, www.rogue-theory.com, www.sardineclothing.com

Monday, April 19, 5-7pm, Entrepreneurship Week 2010 Launch Party @ World Cafe Live, 30th and Walnut Sts, Philadelphia; 8 Handmade Philly member tables will sale their wares and various other members will network http://www.empowerment-group.org/Events/

Thursday, April 22, 8pm – 2am, Music 4 Murals @ Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, Philadelphia; the goal of The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (www.muralarts.org) is to unite artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives; YAMA (Young Advocates for the Mural Arts) are trying to help this process by putting together this event; enjoy some great music – SISTERS 3, Joe Duffey and Whatevers Clever; $10 advanced tickets, $15 tickets at the door.

Friday, April 23, 8-11pm, Enthusiasts of the Electric @ Astro Vintage, 720 South 5th Street, Philadelphia; since the dawning of outsourced labor we have stood by and watched the mass homogenization of our world and it’s products; this exhibition is designed to counteract that happening; come and see the lasciviousness that has been lost in the age of technology; take time to wonder how something so mundane can be breathtaking

Saturday, April 24, 11-6pm, Fishtown Shadfest @ Penn Treaty Park, Fishtown, Philadelphia


Saturday, April 24, 12-5pm, Crafty Balboa @ Passyunk Fountain between Tasker and Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia; http://www.craftybalboa.com

Saturday, April 24, Whenever there is Water: a community collaboration with George Ferrandi presented by The Fleisher Art Memorial; a night procession of illuminated sculpture through the streets of South Philly; the procession is the culminating project of Fleisher’s current artist-in-residence, George Ferrandi featuring a lit paper menagerie of lions, dogs, rabbits, squirrels and many other woodland creatures amidst cast paper representations of their respective landscapes; an illuminated boat will maneuver around glowing icebergs as luminescent jellyfish float by; the Fleisher Memorial Choir will accompany the creatures singing songs of the story they tell. http://www.fleisher.org/exhibitions/water.php.

Saturday, April 24, 1-4pm, Meet the Artist Kassem Amoudi of Shadows & Veils Paintings, Cerulean Arts, 1355 Ridge Avenue. Philadelphia, PA 19123; www.ceruleanarts.com

Sunday, April 25, 2- 6pm, Fairmount Arts Crawl @ Fairmount area, around 22nd and Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia; Spend the day at the Fairmount Arts Crawl and discover unique artwork for sale from over 70 local artists showcased in 37 restaurants, bars, cafes and local businesses.  Along the way enjoy music, dance and family activities throughout the Fairmount Neighborhood;  All venues and activities are free of charge with the exception of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building where general admission rates apply; www.fairmountartscrawl.org

Friday, April 30, 6pm – 12am, Twin Peaks Art Show Closing @ Piranha Betty’s Art Market, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia; Twin Peaks inspired Art Show featuring 2D/3D exhibits from 20+ artists; appropriate mood music all night courtesy of Shawn Kilroy

Saturday, May 1, 6-8pm, “Puppies Kittens and Chicks”@ Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; group show featuring the work of over 15 artists

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Bambi Gallery Open Call for 2nd Bambi Biennial juried by artblog.org, Bambi Gallery, 1001 N. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA; all artists are encouraged to submit their work to be featured in our hip, new gallery space at The Piazza at Schmidt’s; Guest jurors will be Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof, the owners and creative minds behind Philly’s renowned Artblog (http://theartblog.org/); as a gallery connoisseur, Roberta Fallon makes art, writes about art, and claims to think about art way too much; she has written for well-known publications like Philadelphia Weekly, Artnet, Art Review, Art on Paper, Philadelphia Inquirer and Art and Auction, and has taught and been a visiting critic at Tyler School of Art, St. Joseph’s University and Cranbrook Academy of Art; Libby Rosof, her partner-in-crime, founded the award-winning publication The Penn Current at the University of Pennsylvania, and has shared her knowledge for all things art and writing by teaching at the Journalism Department at Temple University and at Tyler School of Art.

Send by April 30 to: Bambi Gallery, 1001 North 2nd St. #7, Philadelphia, PA 19123 along with Artist statement and resumé (resume not necessary but nice touch), CD containing 5-15 images in high quality jpeg format or DVD’s for video pieces, $25 check made payable to Bambi Gallery; if desired, you are also more than welcome to include reviews, announcements, and other written materials that discuss your work and provide a good representation of you; Bambi Biennial will be held the first Friday of July 2010; if you would like your info returned, please send S.A.S.E; special rate for students: Include statement, 3-5 hi res jpegs, a copy of your valid student ID, and a check for $10.

Tyme Gallery will be 13 years old and Tyme is calling for artists for their 13th Annual Juried Exhibition, “Inner Essence”; Paintings, drawings, photography, hand pulled and digital prints are allowed, but please, no laser prints or studies; First prize is a solo exhibition; the jurors this year are award winning artists; Steve Oliver, Paulette Bensignor, Shobha Meno and Lisa Pauciello-Rowe; all artwork must be original (no studies) and never shown before at Tyme Gallery; the artwork is accepted on Friday, July 30th and Saturday, July 31st, between 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM;  jurying takes place on Sunday August 1st; opening reception is on Friday, August 13th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM with the award ceremony taking place promptly at 7:00 PM; for additional information call 610-853-1215 or check out their web site at www.tymegallery.com/events

WORKSHOPS/ CLASSES

Sunday, April 18, 3-5pm, Cloth Diapering Workshop @ Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; stick it to Proctor & Gamble with Stacy Klein of Kinda Krunchy; Stacy offers up this informative and experiential class to teach you the ins and outs of using and selecting cloth diapers for your family; $15.00 per person Preregistration via online www.squarepegartery.com

Sunday, April 25, 3-5pm, Terrarium-love in @ Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; it’s a love- in for living things!; Beth Richey will guide us through the process of creating a whimsical terrarium; bring in a glass jar with tight fitting lid about a 1/4 cup of small pebbles or stones; $15.00 per person in our online store www.squarepegartery.com

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lancaster area, http://www.pacrafts.org

Spool, 1912 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19146, http://spoolsewing.com/spoolclasses.html

Pterodactyl Philadelphia Creative Project Space, 3237 Amber St. Box 3 Fifth Floor North Philadelphia, PA http://pterodactylphiladelphia.org/classes.html

UPCOMING SPRING CRAFT FAIRS:

May 15 & 16, 11-6pm, Art Star Craft Bazaar, Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, Columbus Blvd between Walnut & Chestnut St; $10 application fee and the cost to vend is $250 for the weekend; sharing a table is allowed; http://www.artstarcraftbazaar.com/index1.html

May 22, 10-4pm, Citizens for No-Kill Philadelphia With Love Super Adoption Day, Piazza at Schmidt’s, N. 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia; currently in search of sponsors and vendors, including pet products and services, crafters, and anyone interested in showcasing their business to hundreds of animal enthusiasts. For information on how you can get involved, contact  info@Phillynokill.org.

May 22, 12-5pm, Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, Trenton Avenue (between Norris and Frankford), Philadelphia; $45 for 10’x10’ space or $25 for half space; registration deadline is May 1; http://trentonaveartsfest.blogspot.com/

June 5, 10-?, Northern Liberties Music Festival @ Liberty Lands Park, this is a great event to support the largest privately owned public park in the city of Philadelphia; live music from many local artists from 3pm-10pm sponsored by Philadelphia Brewing Co., and the proceeds go towards making the park a better place; cost to vend is $20; must contact by May 15th cohophiladelphia@gmail.com

June 5 & 6, 11-7pm, Renegade Craft Fair, McCarren Park, Bedford Ave. and North 12th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; $25 application fee with deadline of March 5; cost to vend is $300 for the weekend; sharing a table is allowed; http://www.renegadecraft.com/

June 12 & 13, 1-6pm, InLiquid’s annual art sale, Art for the Cash Poor 11!, Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia; open to all artists who design and produce their own work; all items for sale must be priced at $199 or below; artists may sign-up for either one or two days; artists are required to submit 3-4 digital sample images of the work they intend to sell; non In-Liquid Artist cost is $100 per day per artist or $75 for a shared table; http://www.inliquid.com/features/aftcp11/emails/pdfs/AFTCP11artist_form.pdf

June 13, The Ryerss Museum and Library Summer Fair, 7370 Central Avenue, Burholme Park, Philadelphia; seeks vendors of home-made goods to participate in its summer fair;  space is limited and available for $10 (bring your own table) or $15 (we’ll provide a table); http://www.ryerssmuseum.org/

Every weekend starting April 3 – October 31, 9– 3pm, Piazza Artisan Market, The Piazza at Schmidt’s, N. 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia; $25 Application Fee with a deadline of Feb 15 but they will accept rolling application; cost per weekend is $100 and sharing a table is allowed; http://www.piazzaartisanmarket.com

Every Saturday starting June 5, 10-9pm, The Creative Collective Fine Art and Craft Fair, Historic Headhouse Square, 2nd and Pine, Philadelphia; cost to vend is $75 per day; I believe table sharing is allowed (I am doing it collaboratively with Piranha Betty); Contact Liz Eaby at 215-790-0782 or lizaeaby@yahoo.com; http://cccraftsfair.com/index.html

Every 2nd Saturday starting April 10 through December, 11-5pm, Satellite Second Saturday’s, 50th and Baltimore Ave in Cedar Park, Philadelphia; interested in vending, contact: Satellite2ndSaturday@gmail.com

August 22st, Women’s Equality Day at the Alice Paul Institute, 128 Hooton Rd. Mount Laurel, NJ; The Alice Paul Institute seeks to foster the legacy, teachings and ideas of Alice Paul, New Jersey’s own Suffragist; seeking 10 – 15 craftspeople who work in a variety of media; you would be responsible for your own travel to Paulsdale, in Mt. Laurel, but will be supplied a table; event goes from either 12-4 or 1-5, but you can expect a good 4 hours of traffic; All proceeds from your sales are yours to keep but we are asking for a donation to the API which is tax-deductible; if you are interested in participating please get in touch with rebecca@rajacoby.com and give her your Etsy page or your website

Interview with Gigglepotamus

1. Would you introduce yourself, your background and how Gigglepotamus came to be.

My name is Lauren Meakim, and I am lucky enough to stay at home with my 3 little boys, Maxfield (6), Wyatt (3½), and Jackson (1). They are really the reason & the inspiration behind Gigglepotamus. I graduated from the Tyler School of Art with a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration. I always saw myself going into children’s book illustration, but I don’t think I was really prepared right out of school to tackle the competitiveness of the freelance world. I still have no idea how one goes about getting a book deal!

Anyway, art always remained in my life in one form or another, but it wasn’t until I was expecting my first son that I started noticing an interest in fabric. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was making simple quilts and baby items. That was over six years ago, and its amazing how much I’ve learned and grown in that time. I’ve since returned to my roots and added prints and paintings to the collection of items I sell.

2. I want to ask you about your collection on Etsy but first tell me about your avatar.

avatar

Well, my husband was working on a post for his own blog (http://www.poopandboogies.com) one day. I can’t remember specifics, but he was gluing googly eyes onto his chin with peanut butter & filming himself upside down doing some silly act. Of course, the kids wanted in on it, so we let them have a go & I snapped that picture of my oldest. I guess it depicts how I want Gigglepotamus to be perceived- lighthearted and fun, so I decided to use it as my avatar.

3. And the humble houses on Etsy are adorable. Tell me how they got into your collection and how you create them.

humble house

The houses came about after what seems like years of trying to find a way to merge my art & craft.  When we were planning my youngest son’s nursery, I got the idea to hang a set of colorful little houses in a row above his window.  I started playing around with some scrap wood and paint, and liked what was happening.  The first ones were a bit different than what they’ve evolved into. Now I use more muted colors and although I think they’re just as whimsical, I also think they now reflect more of my personality.  I guess I sort of had a breakthrough moment when I started adding text to them, and from there, it was only a matter of time before they took on their own little stories.  All of the decoupaged images are reproductions of my paintings.  Several layers of paint and sanding are worked over repurposed wood to give them a weathered patina. Finally, some details are finished off with a woodburning tool for added dimension.  I’ve always been a fan of small format art, so they seem to be a good fit for me. 

4. What other items have you sold on Etsy?

I sell a lot of hats in the fall & winter, so I probably won’t list any for a while, although I do have bunny hats, like the one in this photo, that are available for spring/Easter.

bunny hat

 The prints are mixed media: acrylic paint, fabric, and text from storybooks.  Both the prints pictured use excerpts from The Velveteen Rabbit, a story which I also use quite often for my houses. 

 

 

 5. If you could pick one thing you do best, what would that be?

The one thing would be that I have a good eye for color and design. It’s just something that comes naturally to me. I rely a lot on my drawing background, and lately I’ve been incorporating it more with other elements, such as text, fabric, found objects, etc.  I like to think my work is different, because it comes from me, plain and simple. 

6. Tell me about your workspace.

studio

I am very fortunate to have an extra bedroom in our house which is dedicated to all of my crafty endeavors. The photo shows my sewing desk & cutting table. What it doesn’t show is the horrible mess that doesn’t really ever go away! I like to think of it as organized chaos. Other than that, I have another work table, a LOT of fabric, and an ironing board that stays out. As of late, even though I said I would never do this, I have also taken over my dining room table as an area to produce my paintings and humble houses.

7. How has the popularity of the internet affected your business?

I think at this point, I would be crippled without the internet. I use it for everything from doing my taxes, to connecting with other artists, researching what shows and competitions to do, and finding inspiration. Even though it’s been around for a while, so many of us artists are just starting to scratch the surface of the possibilities for networking, marketing, and exposure. I can’t say that I do a lot of internet sales, but I’m so grateful to have my little blog address so customers that I meet at shows can follow me and see what I’m up to, and where I’ll be next. And of course, the Handmade Philly group has provided tons of valuable feedback, information, and advice to myself and others like me.

8. So, what are your plans for the rest of 2010?

I always joke that I have way more ideas than I do time, but this year I would like to focus even more on my paintings and drawings. I also would like to develop some wholesale accounts and/or more consignment relationships, so that I can spend more time making stuff, and less time out at shows. I love getting out and meeting customers and other artists, but it is incredibly difficult being away from my family on weekends.

You can see more of Lauren’s creations and read her blog at these links

Etsy: www.gigglepotamus.etsy.com

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gigglepotamus/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Gigglepotamus/173094083894

WordPress: http://www.gigglepotamus.wordpress.com

This is third in a continuing series of interviews, let me know what you think. 

Jan Cohen, http://www.thejmccollection.com

Philadelphia end of March / April Events

The weather has finally broken (yah!) with the exception of today.  Here is my lastest round up of arts and crafts events around the city of Philadelphia. Also check out this website http://thehivearts.com which is a online resource of all kinds of craft things related.

By Lisa Hwang http://www.lightmosaics.com, www.lightmosiacs.etsy.com , http://twitter.com/lightmosaics

EVENTS AROUND PHILADELPHIA

Friday, March 26, 6pm – 12am, Piranha Betty’s closing party featuring artwork from David Aronson, 6pm – 12am, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia; Food, drinks and musical performances; Artist website: www.alchemicalwedding.com

Friday, March 26, 6-9pm, Second Opening The Extra-Dimensional Printmaking Invitational , NEXUS Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St, Suite 102, Philadelphia; Independent Project of Philagrafika 2010, Philadelphia’s international festival celebrating print in contemporary art; curated by Nexus Artist Member Rebecca Gilbert; features artists and artworks that embrace the history, tradition, and process of printmaking while rejecting the confines of the 2-D picture plane; Featured Artists: Amze Emmons, Elizabeth Klimek, Peter Massing, Scott Kip, Sue White, Nick Cassway, Bo DuVall, Michael Beitz, Marisha Simons, Brandon Gardner, Patty Smith, Dennis McNett, Katie Baldwin, Lori Spencer, Elaine Erne, Susan Abrams, and Bill McRight;  

www.nexusphiladelphia.org

Saturday, March 27, 11am – ?, Secret Bake Sale, Piranha Betty’s Art Market, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia; our very own Handmade Philly members will be selling yummy baked goods

Thursday, April 1, 6-9pm, Sixers and Comcast GREEN HOMES Benefit, Sheldon Crossing, 4711 Sheldon St, Manayunk; Mingle with the creators of recycled art, furniture and jewelry; bid on one of a kind items, art and furnishings; $25 donation; www.ComcastSpectacorFoundation.org/SheldonCrossing

Thursday, April 1, 8m-12pm, Arts @ The Garage is a First Thursday event, 443 Shurs Lane, Philadelphia; featuring sculpture, paintings, and photography; Arts @ The Garage is a First Thursday event aimed at showcasing emerging artists from the Philadelphia area in a laid back, easy going setting; each event is done in an ‘Open Call’ style, having artists show up the evening of and hang their own work, which they can then leave up for a month; live music, drinks and dinner specials as well-amazing California style pizzas by the fabulous Jon-Paul (aka Pope); if you are interested in exhibiting, email: catdandelion@gmail.com

Friday, April 2, 6pm – 12am, Twin Peaks Art Show and Best Pie in Philly Contest, Piranha Betty’s Art Market, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia; Twin Peaks inspired Art Show featuring 2D/3D exhibits from 20+ artists; dress up as your favorite character; appropriate mood music all night courtesy of Shawn Kilroy; Space is still available: bring your own small table (card table), fee $10 and you keep what you make; contact: piranhabettys@gmail.com

Friday, April 2, 6-9pm, Opening reception of The Souvenir Shop, Art Star, 623 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia; The Souvenir Shop is one of close to 100 exhibitions that are part of INDEPENDENCE: The 44th Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference taking place in Philadelphia from March 31st – April 3rd, 2010; The Clay Studio is serving as the onsite liason and organizing body of the exhibitions program; for a complete list of programmed exhibitions, visit: http://www.theclaystudio.org/events/nceca/exhibitions.php; Participating artists include: Brian Gillis, Michelle Miller, John Williams, Gina Tibbott, Stephen Kent, Allen Chambers, JJ McCracken, Margaret Boozer, Abigail Murray, Zak Hamilton, Rob Raphael, Joanie Turbek, Kate Hardy, Kyan Biship, Jerry Kaba, Yvonne Lung, Amy Santoferraro, & Nate Prouty; Free beer & snacks, live Music

Friday, April 2, 6-10pm, BEDAZZZZLED – Selections from “Hoodwink” and “Hard Candy”, Midwives Collective & Gallery, 1241 Carpenter St., Philadelphia; HOODWINK is a series of photographs that juxtapose the self-conscious language of portraiture with absurd color abstractions; HARD CANDY is the fruit of this multi-focal investigation;  It is a series of large-scale macro photographs that illustrate the details and designs of acrylic hand-painted nails in mountains of complicated confections, piles of glitter, or well-organized girlhood clutter; ARTIST LECTURE/Q&A: Saturday, April 3rd, 1-3pm

Friday, April 2, 6-9pm, First Friday opening, F&N Gallery, 2007 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia; Come see the exciting work of Meredith Hoffheins & David Montgomery while listening to the Ragtime music of Matt Sowell.

Monday, April 19, 5-7pm, Entrepreneurship Week 2010 Launch Party at World Cafe Live, 30th and Walnut Sts, Philadelphia; we need 7-8 Handmade Philly member tables for the cost of the table to be $30/table; we are at 6 right now; if you are interested, contact Jan at janzibar@aol.com; website on the event http://www.empowerment-group.org/Events/

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Saturday, May 1st, 6-8pm, Opening Reception

“Puppies, Kittens & Chicks”, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; Featuring Photography, Paintings, Illustration, Sculpture and other works with the theme of ” Puppies, Kittens & Chicks” ( puppies, kittens & pinup girls); Deadline for show submissions is March 31, midnight; works will be selected by April 14th and notification will be April 15th; chosen work should be delivered to the store by April 25th. Please submit maximum of three images in PDF format for review.  Chosen images should be presented for the show in accordance with the following criteria: maximum frame size of 16×20, show pieces should be matted or framed and a suggested price listing for each submitted work. In addition to the main gallery show, they are inviting all photographers to bring additional prints, Greeting cards, to sell on a consignment basis. All additional prints for sale should be of similar subject matter to the images. Any additional prints should be presented wrapped in cello bags or individually matted for durability.

WORKSHOPS/ CLASSES

Sunday, March 28, 3-5pm, Artsy French, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; bilingual Painter Jed Williams will teach the basics on how to sound authentic on your next trip to the Louvre or criticize unappealing art on First Fridays without hurting the artist’s feelings!; $15.00 per person; preregistration required at www.squarepegartery.com

Sunday, April 11, 3-5pm, PLARN! Up-cycled Plastic yarn workshop, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; Plarn is up-cycled yarn made from plastic shopping bags. In this workshop, led my Melissa Jones, learn how to make plarn and basic crochet stitches to create your own crocheted plarn empire; see the website for a list of materials to bring; $15.00 per person; preregistration at  wwww.squarepegartery.com

Sunday, April 18, 3-5pm, Stick it to Proctor and Gamble and make your own Diapers!, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; Stacy Klein of Kinda Krunchy will conduct this workshop; see the website for a list of materials to bring; $15.00 per person; preregistration at  wwww.squarepegartery.com

Sunday, April 25, 3-5pm, Terrarium -love in , Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; it’s a love- in for living things!; Beth Richey will guide us through the process of creating a whimsical terrarium; bring in a glass jar with tight fitting lid about a 1/4 cup of small pebbles or stones; $15.00 per person; preregistration at www.squarepegartery.com

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lancaster area, http://www.pacrafts.org

Spool, 1912 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19146, http://spoolsewing.com/spoolclasses.html

UPCOMING SPRING CRAFT FAIRS:

April 17, 11-6pm, Philadelphia Designers Market, First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 South 17th St, Philadelphia; Set up as a fashion retail/shopping experience the Market allows designers to directly interact with their customers at low cost, little hassle and high exposure. This format provides designers an environment in which they can foster relationships between themselves, other businesses and consumers. Cost is $100 for the day. Register at their website http://www.philadelphiadesignersmarket.com

April 24, 11-6pm, Fishtown Shadfest, Penn Treaty Park in Historic Fishtown, Philadelphia; Artists & crafters interested in vending may contact Minna Aaparyti: MKABooks@msn.com

April 24, 12-5pm, Crafty Balboa, Passyunk Fountain between Tasker and Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia; Artists & crafters interested in vending can contact Amy at craftybalboa@gmail.com or go to their website and fill out the application http://www.craftybalboa.com; cost to vend is $30 and sharing tables is allowed

May 1 & 2, 11-7pm, Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue between Union and President Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY; cost to vend is between $200-$250 for the weekend depending on table size; sharing a table is allowed; http://www.bkcraftcentral.com

May 15 & 16, 11-6pm, Art Star Craft Bazaar, Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, Columbus Blvd between Walnut & Chestnut St; $10 application fee and the cost to vend is $250 for the weekend; sharing a table is allowed; Deadline is March 23;  http://www.artstarcraftbazaar.com/index1.html

May 22, 10-4pm, Citizens for No-Kill Philadelphia With Love Super Adoption Day, Piazza at Schmidt’s, N. 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia; currently in search of sponsors and vendors, including pet products and services, crafters, and anyone interested in showcasing their business to hundreds of animal enthusiasts. For information on how you can get involved, contact info@phillynokill.orq

May 22, 12-5pm, Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, Trenton Avenue (between Norris and Frankford), Philadelphia; $45 for 10’x10’ space or $25 for half space; registration deadline is May 1; http://trentonaveartsfest.blogspot.com/

June 5, 10am – whenever, Northern Liberties Music Festival, Liberty Lands Park, 913-961 N 3rd St, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia; there will be live music from many local artists from 3pm-10pm, sponsored by Philadelphia Brewing Co., and the proceeds go towards making the park a better place; fee to participate is $20.00; vendors will be responsible for providing their own; to secure a spot, contact cohophiladelphia@gmail.com by May 15th

June 5 & 6, 11-7pm, Renegade Craft Fair, McCarren Park, Bedford Ave. and North 12th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; $25 application fee with deadline of March 5; cost to vend is $300 for the weekend; sharing a table is allowed;  http://www.renegadecraft.com/

June 12 & 13, 1-6pm, InLiquid’s annual art sale, Art for the Cash Poor 11!, Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia; open to all artists who design and produce their own work; all items for sale must be priced at $199 or below; artists may sign-up for either one or two days; artists are required to submit 3-4 digital sample images of the work they intend to sell; non In-Liquid Artist cost is $100 per day per artist or $75 for a shared table; http://www.inliquid.com/features/aftcp11/emails/pdfs/AFTCP11artist_form.pdf

June 13, The Ryerss Museum and Library Summer Fair, 7370 Central Avenue, Burholme Park, Philadelphia; seeks vendors of home-made goods to participate in its summer fair;  space is limited and available for $10 (bring your own table) or $15 (we’ll provide a table);  http://www.ryerssmuseum.org/

Every weekend starting April 3 – October 31, 9– 3pm, Piazza Artisan Market, The Piazza at Schmidt’s, N. 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia; $25 Application Fee with a deadline of Feb 15 but they will accept rolling application; cost per weekend is $100 and sharing a table is allowed; http://www.piazzaartisanmarket.com

Every Saturday starting June 5, 10-9pm, The Creative Collective Fine Art and Craft Fair, Historic Headhouse Square, 2nd and Pine, Philadelphia; cost to vend is $75 per day; I believe table sharing is allowed (I am doing it collaboratively with Piranha Betty); Contact Liz Eaby at 215-790-0782 or lizaeaby@yahoo.comhttp://cccraftsfair.com/index.html

August 22st, Women’s Equality Day at the Alice Paul Institute, 128 Hooton Rd. Mount Laurel, NJ; The Alice Paul Institute seeks to foster the legacy, teachings and ideas of Alice Paul, New Jersey’s own Suffragist; seeking 10 – 15 craftspeople who work in a variety of media; you would be responsible for your own travel to Paulsdale, in Mt. Laurel, but will be supplied a table; event goes from either 12-4 or 1-5, but you can expect a good 4 hours of traffic; All proceeds from your sales are yours to keep but we are asking for a donation to the API which is tax-deductible; if you are interested in participating please get in touch with rebecca@rajacoby.com and give her your Etsy page or your website

PBR Craft Challenge and the Mini-Plushies Hand-stitching Tutorial

The Philadelphia Independent Craft Market’s 2nd Annual PBR Craft Challenge took place this past Saturday at the lovely and lofty 2424 Studios in Fishtown. The creative energy electrified the room as crafters displayed their PBR-themed artistry to the echoing beat of the live music. Tee shirts, knitted toys in the shape of a beer can (a starter tool for babies, they say), prints, cuff links – you name it, a PBR theme applied. My favorite table (of course) was the Handmade Philly table where our very own Ruth Schanbacher held a tutorial on hand-stitching with felt. Read on for photos and instructions on creating your very own mini-plushie.

Supplies:

1. Embroidery thread
2. Sewing needle – we recommend “crewel” needles to accommodate the thickness of the embroidery thread. You can use regular sewing needles but will need to separate the strands of the embroidery thread to fit through a smaller needle eye.
3. Scissors
4. Felt – we used acrylic but you can also use  wool.
5. Batting material
6. Stuffing tool – thin and narrow tool to stuff the batting into the plushie. You can use whatever you have on hand, such as the handle of a paint brush, a capped pen, or even chop sticks.

Instructions:

1. Cut identical shapes out of the felt using a pattern that you have created, purchased, or made up in your head. Keep in mind that felt tears easily and the pattern should not be too intricate.

Mini Plushie Patterns

2. Thread the needle with about two arm lengths of thread. Pull the thread through the needle so that it is half of its original length. Tie the ends together with a simple knot, as shown below.

3. Add a face to your mini-plushie. Pick up the piece of felt that will be the front of your plushie. In the spot where you want the eye, insert the needle into the back of the felt and pull up through the front until the knot catches. Using a split stitch, create a circle for the eye.

4. Continue to add the mouth by bringing the needle up through the back where the mouth starts (the end closest to the eye). Use a split stitch for the length of the mouth, ending as close as possible to the tip of the beak without breaking the felt.

5. Place the piece of felt that will make up the back of the plushie underneath the front piece of felt. See how your knot is now hidden? Starting where you left off with the mouth, use a basic wrapping stitch to go around the body of the plushie as you stitch the two pieces together. Leave about 2 inches open for stuffing the plushie.

6. Stuff your plushie with the batting material. Use a stuffing tool to push the batting into the corners.

7. Finish stitching the outside of the body and end it with a knot. Tuck the knot into the body using the stuffing tool as best as you can. Use scissors to trim any thread that you cannot hide.

* Note – if you run out of thread before you finish stitching the body, simply tuck the short thread into the plushie body and pick up where you left off with a newly threaded needle (don’t forget to tie the knot again to keep the thread in place). This is also what you do to incorporate different thread colors.


Posted by Kate Holeman from KSHCreative and The Lettered Set.

Sewing Tutorial #1 – Threading Your Machine

I’m excited about this tutorial by New Hope-based artist, MaryJo Rosania. In her video below, MaryJo takes us through our first lesson in sewing: threading your sewing machine. As someone who once cheated on a timed sewing test in Mrs.Weller’s 6th grade home economics class, I am relieved to find MaryJo’s tutorial easy to follow and much more pleasant to listen to than a lesson from Mrs. Weller. Continue reading after the video for my interview with MaryJo.

KH: What attracts you to your particular crafting method?

MR: My artistic path has been complicated and diverse—I have a bachelors in sculpture from Kutztown and for a long time worked very conceptually. I did  a lot of installation work with a variety of materials: fabric, plaster, found objects, drawing, etc. I have never been able to stick with one material very long. Although, I have always loved sewing and at one point thought about working with costume design. Then when I was getting my MFA I began to create conceptual garments that I used in performance videos. Creating these costumes really sealed my love of sewing and constructing something to be worn. What we wear says so much about who we are, or who we are trying to become. At the moment I am working on a second MFA in Fashion Design from Academy of Art University. I am not sure what will come of this leg of the journey, so to speak, but I am loving the classes so far and learning a lot.

KH: Who inspires you, professionally, personally or both?

MR: I am a high school art teacher, so I have to say, my students have inspired me a lot in my work. Literally through their fashion choices, but also, at my job I have taught ceramics, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, painting, photography. An art teacher has to be well versed in basically all modes of art making . . . so through this I have learned ways to use these materials for my own work. I also see my students create ways to express themselves . . . this is very inspiring!

KH: Do you have some advice for people who are just getting started with sewing?

MR: Be patient, read the directions (if you are using a pattern), PIN and IRON (very important . . . never underestimate the power of ironing!). Don’t cut corners at first. It’s like anything—learn the rules first—then you can break them when needed.

KH: What is one of your favorite pieces that you’ve made?

MR: That’s a hard one . . . there are a few: the fascinator for my wedding, this little felt bird book that I initially made for a small works show (and couldn’t part with it so I never entered the show) and my bottle gown (which doesn’t exist anymore—it was made from fabric, latex and beeswax— the latex and beeswax started to lose form after a few years). I also really like the most recent embroidery I am doing. The images below are for a book I am making for a friend’s new baby I am using simple materials—black thread on muslin—I like how it looks like a line drawing.

KH: What other types of crafting would you like to try?

MR: I would like to try silk screening and textile design. I also would love to quilt someday.

KH: Tell me one other person who is part of the Handmade Philly network of whom you are a fan and why.

MR: This is also a hard question—I admire everyone who has a shop and sells their work. I have an Etsy shop but at the moment it is not operating. I have trouble making enough of one thing to sell—but would love to do custom orders. I am a fan of Linda Johnson  of Little Flower Designs. I LOVE her pottery and have a few pieces that we received as wedding gifts (we registered with her!). Also, Jen McCleary—she just seems to be so motivated and  works so hard—always making new pieces! I love the layered quality of her work.

MaryJo Rosania lives in New Hope, PA with her husband and two cats, Neko and Nori. She is an art teacher and head of the art department at Voorhees High School in Glen Garder, NJ. Her website is www.maryjorosania.com

The post author is Kate Holeman, a Philadelphia-based artist and graphic designer. Her blog is www.theletteredset.com and her graphic design site is www.kshcreative.com

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