Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Handmade Nation

Found a great documentary named Handmade Nation movie on some art pages that I am following. Well can you believe a movie about hand made things, their creators and what moves them i found that very awesome and important. It made me happy to see that there is people that is getting really into this handmade movement that is actually taking over the world this days.

Pages like etsy.com and winkelf.com are great places to find handmade items, arts & crafts and vintage things. Why go make a line and pay expensive prices for things done in massive productions when you can buy things done only once and in a unique way and above all with love.

Faythe Levine is a filmmaker, author, independent curator and creative director from Milwaukee, United States. She co-owns Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery and produces the yearly event Art vs. Crafts that takes place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US.

There is a book with the same name Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design available at amazon.com for $25 [obviously you might find it for less there if it is on sale]. They also have a blog where you cant read their news and keep updated on the events related with the movement. If you want to get involved and help with the handmade movement cause you can pass by their etsy store and help them out buying their items on sale.

Handmade Nation is a movie that documents the movement of artists, crafters and designers that recognize a marriage between historical techniques, punk and DIY (do it yourself) ethos while being influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art. Fueled by the common thread of creating, Handmande Nation explores a burgeoning art community that is based on creativity, determination and networking.

In 2006 first time director Faythe Levine traveled to 15 cities, interviewing 80 individual. Levine captured the virtually tight-knit community that exists through websites, blogs and online stores and connects to the greater and craft fairs. Interviews were also conducted in artist studios and homes of the featured makers.

-Taken from Homemadenationmovie.com 

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