The Story Behind Art Star

By Sharon Leshner on Oct 04, 2017

The Art Star Pop Up Market at DesignPhilly is happening this weekend! 

A Little Background on Art Star:

Art Star owners, Megan Brewster and Erin Waxman are both Tyler School of Art grads. Shortly after graduating they started putting together some small pop ups to sell their work because there weren't many goods venues for emerging crafters at the time. It started on a very small scale for them and grew over the years. They held their first official Art Star Craft Bazaar at the First Unitarian Church with just 25 artists in the summer of 2003. The following year they opened up their own brick n mortar, Art Star, in Northern Liberties. They held the famous Art Star Craft Bazaar in the neighborhood for a few years before it outgrew the space and they moved it to Penn's Landing Great Plaza. They now host up to 150 curated art/craft vendors at the Plaza every Mother's Day Weekend and attract 15k-20k attendees annually. Since, they have added on a Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar in November and also a summer ASCB in Asbury Park the last weekend in July. They also partner with Spruce Street Harbor Park for a weekly pop up featuring up to 20 craft vendors that set up in the park every Saturday. 

The Scoop on Art Star Pop Up Market at DesignPhilly

For the Art Star Pop Up Market at DesignPhilly rather than having an application process, Megan and Erin personally invited local artists who they felt would be a good fit for the Design Philly audience. There will be 25 Craft Vendors set up at the show selling their goods. There will be mix everything - housewares, jewelry, accessories, clothing, ceramics, furniture and more, all with a focus on design. 

Participating Artists include: Half and A Third, Bregga, Aimee Petkus Jewelry, Brian Giniewski, Carolyn Keys, Curious Clay, Reconstruct Wood, Ron Nicole, Squirrel Tacos, Vestige HOME, Woodshop Dropout, Rider Designs, Wildhart Paper Company, West Oak Design, Box Robot Army, Kimmy Makes Things, Stanley Chester & Albert, CusTIM Designs, Jed Morfit, Janell Wysock, Malagueta, and more!

NextFab will also be there showing folks how to make their own bracelets, necklaces, and key chains with laser cut and 3D printed beads. They’ll have their 3D printers on site doing some live printing demos as well as a variety of pre-made beads in different materials, colors, shapes, and sizes to choose from. Everyone will be able to learn about rapid prototyping technology and make their own bracelet, necklace, or key chain to take home with them.