Friday, January 9, 2009

Handmade Planet

The co-conspirators behind the Handmade Nation project have finished their full-length documentary about the rapidly growing national movement of independent artists making a living by selling their handmade crafts. The film is a companion piece to the book of the same name, published last year to rave reviews, and already distributed across the globe. I came across a well presented pile of copies at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. Project originator Faythe Levine and co-author Cortney Heimerl have a full schedule of film screenings, lectures, book signings and workshops across the world over the next few months.

They're going to be signing books in the Northwest for the next few days - tonight at the Anne Bonny at 5:30, tomorrow at 7:00 at Orca Books in Olympia, Jan. 11 at Powell's in Portland and at the Bellevue Barnes & Noble on the 13th. Then it's on to New York, Australia, Germany, and the U.K. to show the film. The first stateside screening is February 5th in Milwaukee. Keep an eye on the Handmade Nation blog for news of additional showings.

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