David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh
"Handmade Arcade (HA), founded in 2004, is Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair. Now in its ninth year, HA brings young, innovative crafters and progressive do-it-yourself designers to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on December 8, 2012 to sell, their handmade, locally produced, and offbeat wares at a bustling marketplace. A highly anticipated annual event, HA attracts more than 6,000 attendees in one day. HA provides craft artists working outside mainstream and fine arts sectors with a grassroots, high-visibility venue to sell wares, build community, network, and share their artistic practice.
Handmade Arcade is run by a collective of creative Pittsburghers who have helped to shape and bolster Pittsburgh’s independent craft scene over the past nine years. The group’s founders — who, along with new volunteers, still run the event today — were inspired to organize a craft fair of Pittsburgh’s own that would tap into a national movement and provide a welcoming venue for artists and shoppers to come together. Handmade Arcade’s growth has coincided with the international resurgence of crafting, as new generations are reclaiming and reinventing craft materials and methods."
Early Birdie Passes are $15 each, which provide shoppers with the exclusive opportunity to shop one hour before the event opens to the public. Early Birdie shoppers will have first pick to purchase all the unique and one-of-a-kind items that crafters will be selling and be given a bag full of goodies and coupons.
This is a super fun event, just in time for the holidays! Make sure you visit SCC's hands-on table:
“Headdressed up” (1 p.m.-3 p.m.) / SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT Create make & take headdresses using paper and found objects from the “cool” bag.