Sunday, September 21, 2008

September 2008 Craftadelphia!

Another exciting show featuring the Philly Etsy Team at Mew Gallery—thanks to everyone who came out to show their wares and expand the team’s growing reputation as a group of creative artists eager to enliven the Philadelphia art scene. Even the wobbly economy couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the handcrafters and the customers who were wowed by their offerings. This is one cool group and our little corner of Philadelphia is making an impact on the rest of the city. Thanks to everyone who helped make this another wonderful day. Philly Etsy rocks!
Here are a few pictures from the show. If anyone has more to offer, please send them along.
(Text and Images by MWMDesigns)
Ahlen Moin’s science fiction paintings

Miss Koco’s eclectic wonders

Botodesigns’ Japanese-inspired art, dolls and clothing

Grace Christie’s meticulously made jewelry

Becky Augustine’s elegant jewelry designs

Bijoux by Allison’s fun jewelry
Tremundo’s original handbag designs

MWMDesigns setup and individual pieces

Friday Night's Team Meeting: Photo Recap

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fun Upcoming Events in September

There are a lot of great events to check out this month! Here's a quick list so you don't miss out:
  • Saturday, September 20, 11am-4pm

    Mew Gallery: 906 Christian Street, Philadelphia
    Craftadelphia! is a sale featuring art, independently designed and produced items. The event is held inside and outside. This month's featured artists & designers:
    MWM Designs - Unique jewelry made using semi-precious gemstones and natural materials
    Botodesigns - a little world of Japanese inspired robots and a plant who is far away from home. You can find the lovable characters in many shapes, sizes and forms: painted on canvas, sewn into dolls, pins, tshirts and more!
    Bijoux by Allison - Distinctive handcrafted gemstone and vintage jewelry
    Becky Augustine Jewelry Designs, LLC. - creates simple, elegant, handcrafted jewelry for everyday wear.
    Grace Christie - Sophisticated and meticulously handcrafted adornments to get you out of those sweats.
    Ahlen Moin - Science fiction artist and writer
    Tremundo - Handbags created from original designs and made from new, recycled and unique materials
    Miss Koco - asian oddities, kinky crafts + upcycled wonders

  • Friday, September 26, 2008: 7PM
    Crochet Basics and Intro on 3D Crochet Techniques / Toy Design/ Soft Sculpture Workshop
    Location to be Announced
    $15 to participate
    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.

  • 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
    Directions / Map
    T: 267-514-8647

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Photoshop Tutorial - Recap

Lynn (etsy shop: Lemondrops2) lead a FREE Photoshop Tutorial on Friday September 12th at CBeauty's House. The tutorial included: photograph editing, basic graphic design, designing banners for your Etsy shop, promoting your etsy shop, use of color and use of filters.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Philly Etsy Team Sews Goody Bags...

On Sunday, the Philly Etsy Team met up at Mew Gallery to sew goody bags, which we will be giving away for FREE at Swap-O-Rama-Rama* on October 19th. The goody bags will be filled with handmade, independently designed items from our team members. So far we have about 50 sewn, but we're hoping to make as many as 300.

[*Swap-O-Rama Rama (SORR) is being held at the Old Pine Community Center: 401 Lombard from 12-5pm. SORR is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through the recycling of clothing. ** Please bring clean clothes to swap as part of admission. Admission: $20, $10 for seniors ** This event is being held as part of Design Philadelphia, the largest annual celebration of design to be found anywhere in the U.S.]

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

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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