Friday, October 14, 2011
On Thursday, October 20 Wildcard is having a dual celebration: the publication of Microcrafts — a new how-to book for making teeny tiny crafts — edited and contributed to by local crochet superstar Alicia Kachmar and featuring work by Pittsburgh artists Nadia Marks Wojcik and Tamara Barker. And it’s also the Second Anniversary of the opening of Wildcard.
The event will also highlight Kachmar’s Witch Craft book from 2010, which is perfect for planning a handmade, homemade Halloween.
In addition, the Steel Town Etsy group is hosting a raffle to help local artist Kachmar with her medical bills. Winners will receive one of a set of gift baskets filled with arts & crafts by local artists.
This event is co-presented with Quirk Books, the publisher of both Microcrafts and Witch Craft.
To celebrate Wildcard’s Second Anniversary, the store is hosting a free party with games, music, food & drink to thank loyal customers and neighbors. A timeline for the events follows below:
Alicia Kachmar, Nadia Marks Wojcik and Tamara Barker will be on hand to demonstrate some DIY craft projects from Microcrafts and Witch Craft. This event is f amily-friendly. Free snacks for kids and books for sale. Costumes are welcome, and the first 25 families receive a free goodie bag!
Crafting time ends as a special guest DJ comes on to celebrate Wildcard’s Second Anniversary. Both books will still be on sale, but we’ll have food, drinks (bring your ID if you’re over 21), raffles, and music!
Alicia Kachmar: A teacher turned freelance writer, crafter, and all-around DIY-er, Alicia Kachmar enjoys crocheting safety cones, mixing martinis, playing pool, biking around cities and making pies. She grew up in a creative and crafty household in Pittsburgh, needlepointing and sewing before she had really mastered reading. Most of these crafty interests took a backseat to a busy career as a New York-based museum educator/nanny/school teacher, until health travails resulted in a sort of early retirement, and twiddling-thumbs-time-in-bed became her daily routine.
She taught herself to crochet and began to dabble in all those favorite crafts from childhood.
Alicia then opened an Etsy shop called EternalSunshine, creating an entire crochet wonderland of frowning s'mores, happy balloons and everything in between. She is best known in Pittsburgh for her crocheted pierogis, which are for sale at Wildcard, and in the Travelling Craft-O-Tron machine.
Wildcard: First open in October of 2009, Wildcard has quickly become a staple in Lawrenceville and an anchor of the local business community. Wildcard sells a mix of carefully selected cards & goods from independent companies and artists around the country, as well as stocking numerous pieces by local crafters & artists. The store also hosts shows by local artists on a monthly basis. Since opening in 2009, Wildcard has earned numerous accolades in the press, including:
• Best Card Store, Pittsburgh Magazine 2011 Best of the Burgh
• Best Place to Buy Gifts, Pittsburgh City Paper Best of 2010
• Best New Boutique, Pittsburgh Magazine 2010 Best of the Burgh
• Best store for people who don't get enough of Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh City Paper Best of 2009
Owner Rebecca Morris is a Shaler native who serves on the Lawrenceville Mainstreets Committee and is also active in the organization of Handmade Arcade. She lives in Lawrenceville.
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The following week, Steel Town Etsy will be teaming up with I Made It! Market to present:
Location: Tin Front Cafe
216 E. Eighth Ave
Homestead, PA 15120
Join I Made It! Market and SteelTown Etsy Crafters for a Wickedly Fun Happy Hour!
Come and hang out - we'll have some crafts and the Tin Front Cafe will offer some spooky specials - this event is purely social!
If you're on Facebook, please visit the event invite and RSVP here.