Handmade Nation: DIY Craft Book by Faythe Levine
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Faythe Levine is documenting the rise of DIY and the new wave of art, craft and design. Handmade Nation the book will be released by Princeton Architectural Press in November 2008 and the documentary with the same title will be released in 2009.
Here’s a synopsis of this crafty documentary:
A new wave of craft is capturing the attention of the nation. It has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk and the D.I.Y. ethos while being influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art. It is no longer just about cross-stitching samplers or painting floral scrolls on china. Instead, it has increased its realm to embrace an emerging movement of artists, crafters and designers working in traditional and nontraditional mediums and methodologies to intervene in mass-market consumerism, to challenge the familiar and to attempt creative and economic freedom. This movement created by craft forges a new economy, lifestyle and burgeoning art community that is based on creativity, determination and networking.
The heart of the new wave of craft is the community. Artists, crafters, makers, organizers, critics, curators, cultural theorists and historians come together to create a community that shares the desire to produce change through the passion to create. By sharing ideas and encouragement they work together to nurture entrepreneurialism, preserve feminine heritage and wield great economic power. Through websites, blogs and online stores individuals in this widespread community can stay virtually tight-knit while boutiques, studios, galleries and craft fairs connect to the greater public to inspire and to promote.
With the use of stop motion animation the opening credits will set the tone of a community that works creatively giving a 1970’s art’s and craft’s feel, saturated with color, but with a modern aesthetic twist, possibly using the designs of featured makers. The theme from the opening credits will continue throughout the film, threading together the talking heads, interweaving stories of the community members, events, places and studios we visited; showing the “movement” through-out the country on a map, with animated sewing, painting, knitting, etc.
Get a sneak peak of selected footage from Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft & Design!
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