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June 4, 2014
The Philadelphia Maker Entreprenuers - the "latest greatest maker-est meetup group for new entrepreneurs" - will be holding their second meetup on the evening of Wednesday, June 11 at Perch Pub (1345 Locust Street). The group aims to connect entrepreneurs who make and sell physical goods to the resources they need to grow their business. This second meeting and happy hour at Perch Pub will serve to help foster new connections, provide you with an opportunity to show of your wares informally, and give a space to talk about the challenges facing the Philadelphia Maker community.
June 2, 2014
In this three-hour hands-on class students will gain an overview of how neon has been developed and used to create signs, art, and architectural detailing. You will be shown how neon colors are made, types of signs, electrical transformers, and neon-related hardware. Images will be projected illustrating neon applications and iconic neon signs. This class is geared towards anyone who wants to learn about or use neon, and will go into more depth than the neon walking tours or talks held at the Center. Admission for this class will be limited to 20 participants.
June 2, 2014
Join AIGA Philadelphia at MASQUERADE: Annual Gala and Silent Auction for a festive evening of mystery and intrigue including a silent auction, music, prizes, food and drinks. Guests are encouraged to come wearing a mask and dressed in semi-formal attire. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative masks! Proceeds support AIGA Philadelphia SPACE and continued programming including lectures, exhibits and workshops that enrich the community and AIGA membership of over 600 local design professionals, educators and students.
June 2, 2014
The Art Market at Tyler is coming back for its third year with DesignPhiladelphia and is looking for artists to participate! Tyler's Art Market is a weekend-long fine arts sale, taking place Friday and Saturday, October 10-11. The Art Market aims to educate and promote the work of emerging local artists and local art students from around the city. The Art Market will be welcoming back old favorites (Art Star and the Tyler Glass Guild), while bringing in new partnerships with local businesses and co-ops like NextFab Studios and the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym.
May 27, 2014
GRAY AREA invites you to their final community meeting, where they ask the public to “play cards” and further test and refine the in-progress preservation toolkit by applying the kit to an expanded range of historic sites around Powelton Village and Mantua. The meeting is at 6 p.m., Weds. May 28 at Catalyst for Change Church, 3727 Baring Street. Registration is requested.
May 22, 2014
Submissions being accepted now through June 22, 2014 - winning entries auctioned on October 8, 2014, at the DesignPhiladelphia Kickoff Party hosted by Bluecadet at 1526 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
May 21, 2014
DesignPhiladelphia is celebrating our 10th anniversary this year from October 9-17th; and our team is so excited about what's in store we want to share! We invite all those interested in participating in the Festival by organizing and/or sponsoring an event to attend an information session on the evening of May 29th, from 5:30-7:00pm at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture.
May 20, 2014
Today we joined our friend Karen Randal at the Philadelphia Department of Commerce on a Manufacturing Reimagined tour of Printfresh Studios. Drawing from a tremendous wealth of design talent in Philadelphia, Printfresh specializes in hand-done and organic graphics, prints, embellishments, and embroideries for leading fashion companies around the world. Don't miss your chance to join Amy and Leo Voloshin on a tour of their business and design center next Tuesday, May 27th.
May 19, 2014
In honor of DesignPhiladelphia’s 10th anniversary celebration—and a decade of great design across the region—professional and amateur designers of all ages are invited to creatively reinvent this classic IKEA® mirror as part of the Reflecting Design Silent Auction. Five winning design submissions will be selected by a panel of esteemed jurors; each winner will receive a mirror, generously donated by auction sponsor IKEA®, to bring their concept to life.
May 13, 2014
The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is this Saturday! If you don't know by now, The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is a local design competition and parade of human powered vehicle floats. The KKSD was started in 2007 as an Economic Development Initiative of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) to compliment the East Kensington Neighbors Association's Trenton Avenue Arts Festival.