Our first Pop Up Market at SSHP

This past weekend marked the opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park and our first Art Star Pop Up Market of the season!  People came out in droves to check out the park, lay in the hammocks, play the boardwalk games, and shop our market.  The weather was perfect and the energy was amazing!  On market wasn’t the only thing happening at the park. Candy Coated was set up providing hands on screenprinting, there were face painters and craft tables for kids, performers, a DJ, and our friends over at Inliquid brought in knitter Melissa Maddonni Haims to yarn bomb the flagpoles (amongst a handful of artists scheduled to create on site installations throughout the season).  Also on view are murals by 8 Philadelphia artists (more on that soon, we are waiting on final placement of two important murals) It really felt like a celebration of how awesome our city can be!  Please come check out our next Pop Up Market this Saturday from 11-3.  Our full vendor line-up can be found here.

Here are some photos from the day – please check out our Flickr set for more.

Anthropolis Designs at Art Star Pop Up Market

As The Crow Flies and Co at the Art Star Pop Up Market

Bonnie Kaye set up a little picnic to display her hand printed textiles and accessories at our first Art Star Pop Up Market!

Candy Coated busy providing hands on screen printing for SSHP visitors

Kasie Strohm was selling her super cute sterling silver animal “ear” rings

Tadpole Creations – We captured this adorable moment with Renee and her daughter. SO CUTE!

Wear Liberty’s was set up and selling his awesome silkscreened tees

Yarn Bombed poles at SSHP

Our friend + neighbor, John with his pup in the #visitphilly chair

This is why WE LOVE PHILLY!!!

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Art Star Pop Up Market Summer 2014

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR AUGUST DATES. If you are an artist/crafter interested in vending, go HERE for details on how to apply

The Art Star Pop Up Market is a small, open air market featuring the work of 20 of the finest makers from Philadelphia and the surrounding region. The Pop Up Market will be held on Saturdays from June 28th – August 30th along a tree lined walkway within the Spruce Street Harbor Park.  Customers can expect a variety of handmade goods all priced affordably with most items priced under $50.  Come shop our curated group of vendors between 11am-3pm every Saturday, weather permitting.  In case of poor weather, we may cancel.  Please visit this page and we will update it with any cancellations due to weather.

July 26th Participating Vendors Include:

Hello Bluebird As the Crow Flies & Co Tadpole Creations
Gioconda Padovan Art Star Wear Liberty
Oh Hello Deer Nicole Feller Johnson Cuttink
Nice Things Handmade Anethum Jewelry Paprika Letterpress
Bare Soaps Masters of None Anna Benjamin Art
Rachel Ink Bobbins and Bambinos Dahsar
Gilbert & Leona Stanley Chester +Albert


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Call for Artists: Art Star Pop Up Market at Spruce Street Harbor Park

We are so excited to be partnering again with our Waterfront Winterfest collaborators to bring you an Art Star Pop Up Market at the new Spruce Street Harbor Park this Summer!
The Spruce Street Harbor Park will be THE destination for summer fun and relaxation in Philadelphia.  It is situated at the Penn’s Landing Marina, right at Spruce Street and Columbus Blvd.

From Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s Press Release: This two-month summer program throughout July and August will bring a boardwalk, urban beach, fountains, and misting areas to the Delaware River Waterfront. The centerpiece of the project is a series of floating barges complete with lily pad water gardens, a pop-up restaurant and bar, and nets that will suspend visitors over the water. The full design of the project including the landscaping and programming will help evoke the maritime history of the area, and will celebrate the River’s industrial past and the bright future ahead for Philadelphia’s waterfront.  Learn more about this exciting new park here.

The Art Star Pop Up Market will be a small, open air market featuring the work of 10-20 of the finest makers from Philadelphia and the surrounding region.  The Pop Up Market will be held on Saturdays from June 28th – August 30th along a tree lined walkway within the Spruce Street Harbor Park.  Come shop our curated group of vendors between 11am and 3pm every sunny Saturday (we won’t set up if it rains!) Vendors will be selling a variety of handmade goods with most items priced affordably and under $50.

We are currently looking for artists/crafters who create affordable goods (items priced under $50) to participate in the the following Saturdays of the Art Star Pop Up Market – August 2nd, August 9th, August 16th, August 23rd and August 30th.  Because this is a completely new venture for us, we are offering vendor spaces for FREE!  Vendors will be set up along a walkway that is 12ft wide and long enough to fit up to 20 vendors (2,000 ft).  Because this is kind of a tight space, each vendor will receive 10ft of space wide and then 5 ft of space deep.  You may bring a 10×10 tent to protect you and your goods, but you must keep your work/displays within a 10′ x 5′ footprint, in order to give customers space to walk through.  All tents must be properly weighted, though tents are not required.  If you don’t feel like bringing a tent, bring a large beach umbrella instead – feel free to be creative! There is a parking lot on site for vendors to park for $25 a day, or you can try to find street parking.

If you are crafter/artist that is interested in vending at any (or all) of these days, simply email us at info@artstarphilly.com with a link to your website OR attach photos of the items you plan to sell AND the date(s) you are available to do.  Please put POP UP APPLICATION as the subject of your email. Deadline to apply is July 24th and we will let you know if you were chosen to participate by the the end of the day on July 25th.  Please email with questions – no phone calls please.

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Art Star Fun Times – This First Friday!

This First Friday from 5-8pm we are having a fun little party in the shop!  Our first Artists in Residence, Kelly Kozma will have her studio doors open for you to peek in, meet her and check out her work in progress. We will also have some free beer and snacks from our neighbor, El Capitan.

Little Chair Printing will be set up with her heat press.  You will be able to choose from her huge collection of 80′s iron on transfers (think cute kittens, unicorns, etc) and heat press your own Tee.   We encourage you to grab a few, cut them up and create a fun collage.  If you bring your own T-shirt, you can heat press it for just $5.  If not, we’ll have some on hand for you to buy for an additional $5.  Here is a photo of what our customers created the last time Little Chair set up:

Click on the photo to check out all the pics from our last event with Little Chair Printing!

Our friends from Cut + Paste Photobooth will be set up with all her fun props for guests to jump in and get their photos taken. You will get one free photo to take home with you too!

Photo by Chris Kendig, taken at this year’s Art Star Craft Bazaar.

And there’s more! Our brand new, handmade games will be set up for you to play!  The Ring Toss was made by Cisco Griffin (bowling pins donated by our friends at North Bowl). Play as much as you want during the course of the evening, but each guest will get 1 game where you can rack up Art Star discounts to redeem this night ONLY!  Each large ring you get on will get you 5% off, and each smaller ring you get on will get you 10% off.  If you get all the rings on in one game, you will get 70% off – though it’s pretty hard to do that. Are you up for the challenge?

Photo by Chris Kendig. Kids playing our Ring Toss at our recent Art Star Craft Bazaar. Handmade by Cisco Griffin with Bowling Pins donated by North Bowl.

And just for fun… Play our Corn Hole game handmade by Andrew Zangerle!

Kids playing the Corn Hole game that was handmade by Andrew Zangerle. Photo by Chris Kendig.

We hope to see you this Friday for these Art Star Fun Times!  Please go to our Facebook Event to invite friends and let us know you are coming!  Free to attend but we hope you will do some shopping too ;)  We’ve got in lots of new goodies!


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Tyler Art Market Call for Vendors

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#artstarcraftbazaar Thank YOU!

We just wanted to thank everyone that played a part in making the Art Star Craft Bazaar such a huge success!  Our small weekend staff, Philebrity, volunteers, the bands, our community partners and sponsors, all the vendors, DRWC – there are too many people to list! Most of all, we want to thank YOU, our customers, for coming out in droves to shop handmade and support so many talented makers.  We REALLY loved how many of you Instagramed your purchases – that was so awesome to see.  Please keep sharing.  We especially love seeing your purchases in action – hanging on the wall, being worn, used, etc.  Be sure to #artstarcraftbazaar so we can see them all!

Here are some of our favorite customer pics from the weekend – enjoy!  And please continue to support our vendors by going to this link to be directed to all their websites. We’ll keep our vendor page up throughout the year.  And don’t forget – we carry work by many ascb artists, so come by the store to shop in person, year round!

@alison_lucile shared a pic of a whole bunch of goodies that she picked up at the bazaar. I see a Xenotees Pizza Tank, Red Prairie Press top, Anthropolis Design Print, Andrew Zangerle Drawing, T-Rex by Lenny Mud, print from the 50/50 Company and a few more gems.


@babyjives and her kiddos picking up some felt masks from Opposite of Far

@caitlinthetoute picked up a new tank from Wear Liberty!

@chrissylicious shared her entire bazaar haul! Lots of good stuff there – Olive + Bo, The Maple Ridge, Laura George (from us), Leroy’s Place, Trinity Framing, etc.

Another good haul from @elle_melinda – I spy Seeing In Fabric, Cut + Paste Photobooth, Nice Things Handmade, Mai Autumn, Paper Sparrow (from us), Kayte Terry and more!

@kittfraser looks great in her new Jay McCarroll Top!

@leeannfenderson in her new necklace by Old Blood Designs

@nilorthenile scored these awesome Bowie cufflinks by Leroy’s Place

@soydark shared her new woodcut by Red Light Press

@staceydoespics posed in a felt unicorn mask by Opposite of Far and one of our Unicorn masks made by CherryBox

and last, but not least, @youmisheardme lookin’ cute in a Better Than Jam handprinted dress

Thank you again to all of our customers for supporting us + our vendors and for generally just being awesome and having great taste!

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Kelly Kozma Solo Exhibition at Paradigm Gallery

Detail of “Chattersphere” by Kelly Kozma, mixed media on canvas

As many of you already know, Kelly Kozma is our first Artist in Residence.  If you’ve been at the shop, you might have seen her diligently working in her studio space in our side room that is off of our back gallery space.  For the last couple of months she has been busy finishing up her latest body of work for her solo exhibition at Paradigm Gallery.  Her exhibition, titled “Chattersphere”, will be the first at Paradigm’s brand new and much larger space at the NW corner of 4th and Fitzwater.

Detail of “Four Words, Sounds Like” by Kelly Kozma

Kelly’s process driven, mixed media work typically begins as a flat piece of paper or canvas and is meticulously worked with brightly colored shapes and patterns that are created with layers of drawing, painting, hand embroidery, + jewels. The end result is a rich tapestry of abstracted patterns and textures that looks more like a textile piece, rather than the flat canvas or paper that it began as.

detail of the back of “Four Words, Sounds Like” by Kelly Kozma

I learned a fun fact about Kelly’s work since she moved into our space –  the backs of each of her pieces are almost as interesting as the front, which led her to create prints of the backs of each finished piece.  These prints are then transfered onto a blank canvas, becoming the first layer of her subsequent piece. This creates a lovely continuity in her body of work.  I’ve seen each piece for Chattersphere and they are all amazing on their own.  I cannot wait to see them hanging all together.  The show is now up at Paradigm Gallery.  Please join us at the opening this Friday from 5:30 – 10. And if you can’t make it to the opening, the show is up through June 21st.

Important Links
Facebook Invite
Kelly Kozma’s Website
Paradigm Gallery Website 


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Get a Free Ride to the Bazaar with UBER!


We’re excited to announce we’ve partnered with Uber to offer all guests who are new to Uber a complimentary ride up to $20 using the promo code ARTSTAR 
Uber is an iPhone/Android app that lets you tag your location and summon a professional driver to your side within minutes. Once in the car, the driver will take you wherever you need to go. The fare is billed to your card, with no need to tip, so you don’t have to worry about handling cash.

 Just click the promo code below and sign up! You’ll be riding in style in no time at all.


Order a car
Use the iPhone or Android app, or visit http://m.uber.com to request a ride 
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Sit back and relax. We’ll text you when your Uber arrives.
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An Interview with Bmore Papercuts

I cannot believe the Art Star Craft Bazaar  is in just a few days! Time flies so fast! Oddly enough, we are totally ahead of the game + prepared!  Here is a little interview we did with first time bazaar vendor,  Demaris Howe of Bmore Papercuts.  Her intricate cut paper pieces really wowed us, so of course we wanted to learn more.  Visit her at booth # 44 this weekend!

Art Star: What will you be selling at the Bazaar?
Demaris Howe: I will be selling one of a kind papercuts that I design and cut by hand, I will also be selling prints made from my original papercuts as well as some limited edition t shirts for men and  women.

AS: Describe your process.
DH: I begin by sketching my ideas – then I fold my paper and cut what I can that will be symmetrical and then unfold the piece and cut anything that is not symmetrical like words or images.

AS: Are you professionally trained? If not, how did you learn your craft?
DH: I have a fine arts background but the way I got into papercutting was from working as a shadow puppeteer for 10 years with a Baltimore based visual arts organization- We made hundreds of shadow puppets and I made the connection between silhouettes and
papercutting mostly as a way to make gifts for friends.

AS: Are you able to make your work full time? If not, what do you do for a day job?
DH: I have transitioned into papercutting full time over the last year.

AS: Where would you like to see your craft business in the next 10 years?
DH: I would love to be using my papercuts to design textiles, surface design and I would love to do some book illustrations.

AS: Any exciting projects in the works?
DH: I have some fun large scale papercuts in the works for some restaurants in DC and Baltimore.

AS: What is your favorite thing(s) about Philadelphia?
DH: The Mummers Parade and Spiral Q Puppets!!!

AS: What are you reading / listening to?
DH: I love listening to podcasts while I work- My favorites are Professor Blastoff, Comedy Bang Bang, How Did this get Made and of course After the Jump from Design Sponge!

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ASCB Shopping List: For the Home

Whether it is an accent pillow, vase, printed textile, decor piece or whatever, the Art Star Craft Bazaar is the place to find that perfect handmade addition to your home!  Here are a few of our picks “for the home” to help you plan your shopping strategy.

1. Boutique Textiles Lauren Rossi’s small local company, Boutique Textiles, prints the most gorgeous, colorful patterns on tea towels, napkins, pillows, fabric yardage + more! Booth #25

2. Hannah’s Hannah Simmons is the lady behind this line of products all made from local, sustainably harvested cherry trees.  Simmons, along with her father Jonathan, create everything from hair accessories to these very useful and aesthetically pleasing IPhone Stands. Booth #100

3. happydespina ltd Every home needs a chalkboard!  Lucky for us, Chicago based artist, Despina Papadeas cuts them into cool shapes.  Find everything from the United States, hot air balloons, instruments, to any adorable animal you could think of, and much more! Booth #274. jennyjen42 Baltimore based, Jennifer McBrien, draws birds with her sewing machine on fabric. The result is really beautiful!  She also adds elements of felt applique, which adds a splash of color that contrasts nicely with the simple black stitching. Her line includes pillows, kitchen aid / sewing machine covers, pot holders and more! Booth #63

5. littlegreenthings Leah Boelman of littlegreenthings makes unique, reclaimed wood art pieces that she paints and also hand embroiders.  Each piece is one-of-a-kind and her selection is huge, which makes it kinda hard to choose – there are so many good ones! She stitches up outlines of states, rvs, bikes, love notes, inspirational sayings, pretty much anything you could think of.  Find the perfect piece to hang in your home! Booth #30

6. Nikkuu I love Melissa Moore’s line of wood planters!  These are made from a variety of woods and cut into different geometric shapes.  Some are painted with a pop of bright yellow or turquoise, while the wood is left to shine on others.  These are great for air plants.  Buy a bunch to set on your windowsill or coffee table. Booth #81

7. Peg and Awl Husband + Wife duo, Margaux + Walter Kent’s goods always begin as an item that they need for their own home and family.  All their products are made from old things – reclaimed wood, antique gunsling leather, vintage zippers, etc, that are given new life in the form of housewares, accessories, jewelry and journals.  This apothecary cabinet is made from reclaimed cypress and finished with milkpaint.  Made to hang in your washroom to store all your toiletries. Booth #93

8. redraven studios Pittsburgh based artists, Amy Hamley, makes this gorgeous line of porcelain keepsakes. The home collection includes planters, jugs, good luck horseshoes, whiskey decanters, and more.  The pure, white porcelain shines in each piece and is sometimes accompanied by a line of gold luster or a pop of color.  Booth #78

9. Rider Dirt Work I am in love with local Philly ceramicist, Lauren Rider’s, line of henna inspired pottery.  Each wheel thrown porcelain piece is glazed and food safe.  Use as your everyday dishes or for display. Booth #84

10. Taylor Ceramics Art Star artist, Cara Taylor, is traveling from Easthampton, Massachusetts to sell her porcelain planters, vases, pots, and jewelry.  The surfaces of her pieces are kept to a minimal so the simple, yet beautiful details in her forms, carvings and glazing can be appreciated.  Delicate line work, hand formed ridges and beading adorn these stunning pieces.  Booth #103

11. The 807 Faye Zimmerman of The 807 makes unique wood shelving for the home.  Display your collections in an interesting way with her triangle, gem, arrow, and zig-zag shapes.  She also makes fun, hand cut wood banners with phrases like “uhghhh” and “cheers bitches”.  Booth #48

12. Trinity Framing Last, but certainly not least, our friends from Philadelphia’s premier custom framing shop will be selling their awesome ready made frames that they hand make from reclaimed wood.  Bring all the prints you score at the show over to them and pick out the perfect frame.  I also hear that they will be giving out coupons for custom framing with purchase.  Booth #53

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