it´s here! My copy of the "handmade nation" book by Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl. I was so looking forward to it and I got not disappointed. Wonderfully creatively made, as expected and a great tribute to "the new wave of craft" in the USA.
"Faythe Levine traveled 19,000 miles to document what has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the D.I.Y. ethos. For "Handmade Nation" (along with the documentary film of the same name, coming in 2009), she and Cortney Heimerl have selected 24 makers and 5 essayists who work within different media and have different methodologies to provide a microcosm of the crafting community. Participants in this community share ideas and encouragement through websites, blogs, boutiques, galleries, and craft fairs. Together they have forged a new economy and lifestyle based on creativity, determination, and networking. Twenty-four artists from Olympia, Washington to Providence, Rhode Island, and everywhere in between show their work and discuss their lives.
"Handmade Nation" features photographs of the makers, their work environment, their process, their work, and discussions of how they got their start and what motivates them."
Get your own copy here
Watching the indie craft community in the USA from the distance it alwas seems to me that it is like a hughe family, which organizes one art and craft show after the other and enthusiasticly opens galleries to offer platforms for the scene.
Working in my at-home-country-studio often makes me feel like a lonesome cowgirl, weaving thin virtual threads to connect with one or the other from the big community web.
But there is nothing more empowering than the real contact. Meeting like minded people, discussing, thinking about projects, talking about experiences, inspiring each other.
Actually I´m missing that.
Not sure, if I had published the video trailer of the handmade nation film (coming out in 2009)already before. But if so, watch it again and the animated opening title sequence below is a must as well! :o)