"Handmade Nation" and the Rise of DIY

Juxtapoz // Monday, 09 Mar 2009

“C'mon, break out those knitting needles your grandma gave you. Across the country, resurgent interest in things handmade is redefining craft-making for the 21st century,” writes Molly Finnegan for PBS. “Quilts are cutting-edge outlets for self-expression, and samplers carry messages of anti-consumerism, environmentalism and feminism. The work is not just beautiful: it's hip, it's political and it's a little punk rock.”

What is she talking about? The wildly popular film, Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine.

“’I don't know how it became cool,’ says documentary filmmaker Faythe Levine. ‘I think that people are looking for a way to become individual and to set themselves apart from the sameness that sort of engulfs our society. I think craft and doing stuff by hand allows one to do just that.’”

More on DIY and Handmade Nation below…


Handmade Nation premieres in San Francisco this Wednesday, March 11th at Mezzanine.
Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 7:30 pm

Following the screening there will be a discussion with Lisa Congdon, owner of retailer Rare Device; Derek Fagerstrom, Craft and DIY Co-editor at design*sponge and co-owner of The Curiosity Shoppe; Natalie Zee Drieu, Senior Editor of Craft magazine; and Stephanie Syjuco, fine artist and professor.

Selling their work will be the following artists and vendors: Dutch Door Press, Diana Fayt, Cara Lyndon, Miss Natalie, Mittenmaker, Nous Savons, Sharon Spain, Woolly Hoodwinks, Zum, The Curiosity Shoppe, Little Otsu, Needles & Pens and Rare Device.

The film also has dates scheduled for Chicago, Madison, Eureka, Portland OR, Vancouver BC, West Bend WI, with many others planned. More info at indiecraftdocumentary.blogspot.com


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