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The Handwork Studio and Ben Franklin

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Fri, May 02, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Ben Franklin Handmade You may have noticed a photo of Ben Franklin on our Facebook Page last week and thought, "Hey, is that Ben?" Well, you were right and we're excited to annouce that we've partnered with the National Constitution Center to bring a life-sized handcrafted replica of Ben Franklin to their museum. He is our new best friend here at the studio and we are extremely proud of how this project came together.

In typical Handwork Studio fashion, it was a true team effort to make Ben come to life. This fiber-friendly rendering of Ben Franklin was handcrafted by The Handwork Studio staff, students and some close friends. The students needled felted and embroidered patches on his coat and used a WonderKnitter tool to create his hair. April Johnston, Project Runway All Star and Fashion Bootcamp instructor, created the patterns for his clothing and constructed the coat and pants. Philadelphia Fiber Artist, Melissa Madonni-Haims yarn-bombed his chair. The project was led and managed by The Handwork Studio's very own Miss Alexis and Miss Julia. See below for a full slideshow of Ben's progress from concept to completion!


The most entertaining part of this project so far was loading Ben into the car. He is very heavy and reliant upon the chair he was designed to sit in. Miss Alexis was able to get him our of the chair and into the car. She mentioned that it was hilarious to see people pointing and smiling as Fiber Ben Franklin took his first road trip down to the National Constitution Center.


Very soon, Ben will be installed for your viewing pleasure at The National Consitution Center - so stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook Page for updates on when you can visit him downtown!
 

Tags: creativity, road trip, history, National Constitution Center, Ben Franklin, Fun

On The Road Again: Summer Camp Goes Mobile!

Posted by Eva Laverty-Wilson on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 @ 01:56 PM

There are a few things that make American summers unique. 4th of July barbecues, fireworks and of course...the great American Road trip.

Last summer Miss Julia and I embarked on an unprecedented Handwork Studio event by taking our one of a kind summer camp on the road; well not just on the road, but on the highways, byways, bridges and tolls of the U.S. making stops in Texas, Colorado, New Jersey and Maryland. 



What made the experience so great is hard to pinpoint, if not impossible.  You just can’t put into words the awesomeness of a denim covered van filled with fabric pulling into a national park for a night of camping, or the way a new group of families and kids look at you the first time that they see you in your Handwork Studio apron.  And quite frankly, I wouldn’t want to have to pick just one great thing…I WANT THEM ALL!

 

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People often ask Julia and I if being on the road was difficult.  What it was like being in the van driving for 14 hours a day.  How often we stopped at gas stations or rest stops.  Our answers are always the same, “Oh, it was so much fun!”  However, at some point though Miss Julia does mention the fact that I shouted “COWS!” at every bit of cattle we drove by in open country pastures.  No, really, every cow I saw I shouted it.  I really like cows. 

So, if I had to pick my favorite things or activities about our trip it would be these:

  1. Stopping at farm stands in Texas and buying pickled okra and fudge

  2. Taking Sheepy to the beach for the first time (most sheep never see sand)

  3. Learning how to pitch a tent

  4. Seeing the top of Pike’s Peak

  5. Making it from Colorado to Pennsylvania in 36 hours

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At any rate, the excitement is building as Miss Julia and I prepare for yet another summer filled with the pleasant unknown of roads yet untraveled and small hands yet to stitch.   It is a promising void that lay before us and we welcome it with open arms (and with a GPS and a full tank of gas).

-Miss Alisha

Tags: Miss Julia, Maryland, road trip, Miss Alisha, travel, Texas, Summer Camp, Road Tour, Summer, New Jersey