it’s that time of year again- PBR Craft Challenge! this past weekend was the 4th annual event honoring the popular, low-cost beer loved by many, yet despised by many more. i’ve participated in this event since it’s inception and it’s definitely one of the most entertaining shows i do each year- and this year was no different. so, in case you missed it, here’s what you missed- and maybe you’ll make it out to year 5!
the Craft Challenge was hosted at 2424 Studios by Julie R, the woman behind The Philadelphia Independent Craft Market. in addition to the usual crafts and live music throughout the day, this year, the PBRCC hosted a chili cook off! although more restaurants were advertised, the talented cooks at The Abbaye and P.Y.T. pulled through and served up some hearty concoctions. also in attendance was Philadelphia’s Photobot 3000– we definitely had a lot of fun snapping some pics, which you can find at the end of the post. each year, the event has a panel of judges determine 3 winners based on products, display, etc. this year, i was really hoping to place – alas, it was not meant to be. but hey, if Julie ever sees this post- maybe next year there should be categories? there were some super talented vendors there who really deserved to win! for example- how fantastic are these homemade (and EDIBLE) rice krispie replicas of PBR cans by Kristy Brennan of Super De Duper Illustration??
anyhow, enough about that- time to see some pics of my booth and some other awesome vendors! here’s what my table looked like:
i used the illustration for my 2012 shirt design to create a festive banner . . .
every year, i bring the moustachios to come hang out:
across from me was the table with the awesome, edible cans. also sharing that table was Bob Dix Illustration, who always has nice work that i enjoy. next to them was devon bauman, who had some nicely crafted headbands:
how cool are these fortune cookies containing pick up lines by hush & honey?
near the cookies was another annual participant- i’m not sure what their name is, but they sell these sweet PBR love tshirts.
the award for the longest distance traveled to vend definitely goes to Kirsten K, who came all the way from indiana the night before! that’s some serious PBR dedication. check out her etsy– she has all kinds of cool upcycled jewelry, like the earrings below.
arms and ink studios had some fun outside of their normal creative realm making these cheeky bearded cans:
my table neighbors were new to the event and had some beautiful products- check out this awesome bird house by lovelight lanterns:
i almost forgot to mention that handmade philly also had a table there that was open for anyone to craft. they also wrote a nice blog entry about the event with a sweet slide show- check it out here 🙂 anyhow, i conclude this entry with some silly photographs, courtesy of the Photobot 3000. thanks so much to everyone to who came out and made this show so much fun!