Handmade Nation Filmmaker to Speak at School of Art

A screening of the feature-length documentary Handmade Nation will be held at the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek on Thursday, October 1 at 7 pm. The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s creator, Faythe Levine.

The film reveals the emergence of the “do-it-yourself” (DIY) crafts movement in the United States, and has enjoyed worldwide recognition since its release. Its New York premier at the Museum of Arts and Design sold out.

Faythe, a Milwaukee artist who works in many media, travelled over 19,000 miles to explore the lives and processes of dozens of individuals making a living through their art, craft, design and other creative pursuits. Although the concept of DIY is not new, the sale of goods and networking that sustains this movement is all about 21st century communication. Web sites, blogs, boutiques, galleries and craft fairs are venues that are fueling the energy of the new “handmade nation.”

According to Karen Becker, Director of Programs at the PSA, the film may serve as a “visual primer” for those who wish to participate in the growing community and marketplace for independent arts and crafts.

“Those who view the film will have their eyes opened to the endless worldwide possibilities of both networking and selling their works,” she says.

Tickets are available at the door or at the Peninsula School of Art office prior to the event. The cost is $10 for PSA members and $15 for all others. For more information, call 920.868.3455.