Creative Briefs #038: Handmade Arcade X

Our hosts interview founding Handmade Arcade Organizers Al Hoff, Jessica Manack, & Elizabeth Prince about the history of the event. Recorded on 11/10/2013.

Handmade Arcade
Handmade Arcade on twitter
Al Hoff on twitter
Elizabeth Prince on twitter
Jessica Manack on twitter

Things We Mentioned:

  • Jessica Manack is a crafter and Handmade Arcade Organizer. Check her out at and
  • Elizabeth Prince is a Handmade Arcade Organizer. Check her out at
  • Handmade Arcade was located at the Hunt Armory in 2008 and 2009 and took 2010 off to look for the perfect venue to accommodate the crowds! To make up for it, 2011 included both a spring and a fall show.
  • Construction Junction was Handmade Arcade's home from 2004-2007.
  • My Paper Crane's tampon dolls were a big hit at the first Handmade Arcade
  • Bad Santa
  • Dan Rugh  owns and operates Commonwealth Press and likes to do fun things. Check him out at and
  • Garbella specializes in hand screen-printed apparel, accessories, and home decor. From start to finish, all products are drawn, designed, and hand screen-printed by Amy Garbark. Check her out at
  • Nick Caruso is Pittsburgh based designer & tee maker. Check him out at
  • strawberryluna is a design & silkscreen studio duo with a focus on handmade, vibrant art & illustration crafted by hand the old fashioned way with passion and fun.
  • Minette Vaccariello is a Experience Designer, 1/2 of Ray-Min Shoulderware, and Handmade Arcade Organizer. Check her out at
  • WildCard has cards, paper, stationery, bags, wallets, buttons, jewelry, t-shirts, craft supplies, original art, vintage, gallery space and more! With a focus on local artists and crafters.
  • Tricia Brancolini is a Organizer, Sponsorship Coordinator, Grant Writer, Web Master, and Accountant at Handmade Arcade. Check her out at
  • Jennifer Baron is a arts & culture editor @ Pop City, Pittsburgh Signs Project founder, Handmade Arcade crafter, & member of The Garment District. Check her out at
  • The Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (PCCR) promotes resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse.
  • Handmade Arcade Organizers
  • Handmade Arcade | Pittsburgh's Largest Independent Craft Fair
  • mypapercrane: the art & craft of Heidi Kenny
  • Check out Al Hoff on Twitter!
  • Moleskine Pocket Notebook - Gocco Print - Cops - misschief
  • let's make some misschief - misschief on Etsy
  • Panoramic scene around The David L. Lawrence Convention Center
  • Handmade Arcade Organizers Al Hoff, Jessica Manack, & Elizabeth Prince
  • Pittsburgh Steelers-NFL Fleece Fabric, , hi-res
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By aigapittsburgh
Published November 19, 2013