Monday, August 25, 2008

Sewing Promo Bags!

In preparation for this year's Design Philadelphia, we've started working on promo bags, which we'll be giving out at the Philadelphia Sewing Collective's Swap-a-Rama-Rama on Sunday, October 19th. Mew Gallery was kind enough to donate space for us to work, and supplied us with sewing!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Meet & Greet at Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio

Mark your calendars!

Saturday, September 27: 3-6 pm
Meet & Greet
Cerulean Arts is hosting a “Meet and Greet” for the Philadelphia Etsy Team on Saturday, September 27 from 3-6 pm. For those interested in becoming Etsy members, the Meet and Greet is the perfect place to get started! For more information on Etsy, visit (All members are welcome - those who are looking to get to know more about the team, and those who are already involved.)
Cerulean Arts
1355 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19123
T: 267-514-8647

Friday, August 15, 2008

Video: Mew Fashion Show on Channel 10!

This fashion show features handmade items from our very own Phea Jean and Nicole Carey! Go team!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pictures from August's Craftadelphia!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this month's show, we couldn't have done it without you: all of the artists and designers, the musicians, and our host, Mew Gallery. We really are building a community of handmakers. It's taking some time, but we're building self sustaining micro economies. Good job guys. And to the public: thanks for the support! This show was really well attended. (I guess it helps to have a press release!)

So here are a few pictures from the show. I'll be adding more as Heather Randall, this month's photographer sends them my way. (Thanks Heather!) If anyone else has photos, or would like to just write about the event, please feel free to contribute.

(Images: Angela Davidson's crocheted creatures, MWM Design's necklaces, masks made by Anna Cherniahivsky and Jon Vital, & greeting cards by Flying Fox Design.)

Sunday, August 10, 2008


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...

$15/workshop *unless otherwise noted.
Fridays, 7PM
See below for additional information regarding registration and transportation...

Crochet Basics and Intro on 3D Crochet Techniques / Toy Design/ Soft Sculpture
September 26, 2008
You will learn the basic crochet stitches and how you can put them together to make different patterns. Supply list will be provided upon registration.
Instructor: Angela Davidson
Angela Davidon is a graduate student of Art Education in Philadelphia, PA and a member of the Philly Etsy Team.

Papermaking Techniques Class
October 3, 2008
The process of papermaking was discovered nearly 2000 years ago in 105 A.D. by Chinese court official Ts’ai Lun. William Rittenhouse founded the first paper mill in North America at Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia!
Papermaking is a great way to recycle all those bits of paper lying around your home and turn them into works of art. Learn how to prepare paper fibers with your assortment of recycled paper and discover basic papermaking techniques, such as sheet forming, pressing, and drying. Then, take your paper and use embellishment techniques such as coloring, watermarks, pressing, casting, and pulp painting to create unique papers to use at your leisure. Supplies: Any paper or cardboard lying around your home! If you have one or can locate one, please bring an old blender too. If not, we will share.
Instructor: Lynn Roberts

Lynn Roberts currently takes many classes at Tyler School of Art and the Clay Studio of Philadelphia and is interested in textiles, fibers, design, photography, and ceramics. She majors in fine art and music. She handles her own independent art business online and is soon to be featured in many art galleries and consignment shops with her professional photography. She is a Tang Soo Do Korean Karate instructor and yoga instructor and enjoys connecting with nature through her artwork and creating pottery with her boyfriend. Lynn is a member of the Philly Etsy Team.

Oil Paint and Gesso
October 3, 2008
Learn how to use gesso and oil paints together and have fun. This is completely irreverent and un-called for. But, it’s messy and fun as heck! All you will need is a piece of wood (any size, preferably recycled/ reused), oil paint (1 or 2 tubes) and some gesso. Oh, and some gloves…and something to engrave with – like a stick.
Instructor: Jon Vitale

Jon Vitale is an artist, a recorded musician and a film enthusiast. He recently relocated back to Philadelphia after living for a few years in Rhode Island and California.

Swap and Craft!
November 7, 2008
$5 to participate
Come join us as we Swap and Craft! What is a Swap and Craft, you ask? It's a supply swap and community craft time followed by light-hearted show-and-tell time. When you attend the swap bring your unwanted art, craft and design supplies (and maybe a snack to share). Every swap begins with piles of supplies, the unwanted supplies of all who attend. Everyone is welcome to dive in and find their next new/ used items from the piles. Take as few or as many supplies from the piles as you like, it's all free!

Now is the time to clear out that studio, workspace or closet. Those supplies you haven't used in forever? Help them find a nice new home. Help reduce waste while meeting new people and having some fun together in an arts environment. Here are a few tips on what to bring...

  • Fabric, remnants
  • Notions (buttons, zippers, ribbon, thread, etc.)
  • Beads (gemstone, glass, seed, lampwork, etc.)
  • Jewelry findings, wire
  • Painting supplies, pencils, paper products, drawing supplies
  • Various project supplies (screen printing, fabric printing, scrapbooking, book making, paper making, etc.)

DIY Workshops: After you have chosen your new supplies, slide on over to one of the sewing/ craft/ art/ design stations and start creating! If you've got skills you want to share, lead a how-to session/ tutorial. Or just sit back, relax and get to work.

Swap and Craft is organized by: Beth Richey: and Traci Nelson: Beth and Traci are members of the Philly Etsy Team.

Sewing Basics (with Machine)
December 12, 2008
Students will learn and perform sewing techniques and machine functions such as threading the machine, winding the bobbin and most common stitches. Students will have a choice of working on a pillow or tote bag. Supplies: A sewing machine if you have one; one spool of thread, scissors, pins, one yard of woven fabric (not knit). If you are working on a pillow, bring a pillow form or fiber fill. Optional: Bring notions such as lace, buttons, ribbons.
Instructor: Amber Zaraza

Amber Zaraza has over 10 years sewing experience. She holds a BA in Fashion Design. In 2004 Amber started her own company, Phea Jean, and she is currently at work designing one-of-a-kind handbags and accessories. Amber is a member of the Philly Etsy Team.

Elements of Knitting
January 17, 2009
We’ll learn the basics! How to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. Supplies: 2 knitting needles (size 8 wooden needles) and 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn.
Instructor: Lynda Schwechtje

Lynda Schwechtje is a life long learner and crafter. In the past she has constructed and tailored clothes (and doll clothes), sewed gowns for a church choir and she was formerly part of the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild. These days she has been focusing her attentions on knitting; she's made sweaters and quilts for countless babies. Lynda holds a masters degree in social work.

Create your own Stamps & Stencils
February 6, 2009
In this workshop you'll learn how to create your own stencils and stamps, how to choose inks, and how to make prints in a variety of ways including potato printing and printing using freezer paper.
Instructor: Sarah Greiner

Sarah Greiner is a professional packaging designer. She also independently designs stationary and is a member of the Philly Etsy Team.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

This Saturday: Craftadelphia! from 11am to 4pm

As seen in the City Paper & Uwishunu...
Join us tomorrow, August 9th, 2008 from 11am to 4pm for the second of many Craftadelphia! shows. What is Craftadelphia!, you ask?

Craftadelphia! is a sale featuring art, independently designed and produced items and tons of handmade goodness. It's brought to you by the Philly Etsy Team ( and Mew Gallery ( The event is held at Mew Gallery, inside and outside: 906 Christian Street Philadelphia, PA 19147.

Subsequent event dates: September 20, October 11, October 18 (special Design Philadelphia event), November 22 & December 6.

Additional info regarding August's Craftadelphia!:
Live music by Nicole Erin Carey and Horsey.
Featured artists & designers:
v girlscantell: original screenprinted designs
v nicolecarey: one of a kind clothes, jewelry and accessories
v allisonostertag: photographs and original paintings
v AngDavidson: fun, colorful and unique crocheted toys
v aardwolf: handmade plushies and stationary by Flying Fox Design
v mwmdesigns: jewelry made using gemstones & natural materials
v vivametal: original chainmaille and classic wire jewelry
v LemonDrops: photography, prints & crocheted accessories
v horsey: unique and unusual art