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Update: Faythe Levine’s Handmade Nation

Oct 29, 2008

by Tara Young

We at Etsy are very excited about Faythe Levine’s forthcoming documentary, Handmade Nation; so excited, in fact, that we want to share the clips as they become available! (Such as the amazing stop motion opening sequence shown above.)

Not familiar with Handmade Nation? Here’s the gist: director Faythe Levine crossed the country to interview hundreds of artisans and crafters to talk about why and what of making things means to them. The resulting film has produced excitement amongst crafters, as it’s a handmade production of its own.

Living in Seattle during the punk DIY music scene in the early nineties, Faythe Levine was fully enthralled by the do-it-yourself ethos. Self-publish, produce, reuse, collaborate, indie labels, zines, communal living, art collectives: she’s done it all. In 2003 she looked around and saw a powerful and inspiring movement happening within the craft scene. A “new wave” as she calls it, was emerging with energy and inspiration fueled by a desire to embolden communities of makers and reinvent traditional models of crafting.

Check out the trailer for the documentary below! Very inspiring…


For more posts on Faythe Levine and Handmade Nation, check out our previous coverage

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  • spaceoddities

    spaceoddities said 9 years ago

    I'm so excited to see this! I have heard the book is also great and doing really well. Yay!

  • sillylittlelady

    sillylittlelady said 9 years ago

    They had an article about this in the newspaper here! I am so excited to see it finally!

  • boygirlparty

    boygirlparty said 9 years ago

    those opening credits were awesome! i think i know 99% of the people in this documentary, weird! it's going to be a repeat of many conversations i have had over the years, which is cool to see documented.

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 9 years ago

    Such a great book! Can't WAIT to see the documentary!

  • KhaosCat

    KhaosCat said 9 years ago

    WOW! That was awesome. A movie made for me, Im not alone. I want to see the whole thing! Thanks for showng us this clip! xoxox

  • dogties

    dogties said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Go Handmade Nation!

  • saraaires

    saraaires said 9 years ago

    Great! I'm saving this for when I can get home to watch very carefully... History is being written!

  • VernonAve

    VernonAve said 9 years ago

    The book is inspiring. I think the film will be even better! thanks for your hardwork!

  • Studio618

    Studio618 said 9 years ago

    Each time I watch the trailer, I get more excited about what I do. Can't wait to see the entire documentary.

  • LiamDesign

    LiamDesign said 9 years ago

    So when does the entire documentary come out??

  • Schmutzerland

    Schmutzerland said 9 years ago

    I am so so so so so VERY excited about this!

  • PhilipsCollection

    PhilipsCollection said 9 years ago

    Fresh with fabulous music, I loved the opening credits what fun.

  • hillarietasche

    hillarietasche said 9 years ago

    What was that stamp coil notebook thing she was using?

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 9 years ago

    I'm so excited I cant wait!!!

  • pautluck

    pautluck said 9 years ago

    This is so cool!!! I'm a part-time film festival director so the idea of this film blends my two loves. I can't wait to see the film...I hope Tulsa's local independent film house will bring it. Much luck to Faythe!

  • sweetmeatclothing

    sweetmeatclothing said 9 years ago

    This movie looks great!! Hillarie: I think it's a gocco printer!

  • minniesheart

    minniesheart said 9 years ago

    Can't wait to watch this!

  • autumncomfort

    autumncomfort said 9 years ago

    I'm so excited for this movie I can hardly stand it. Some times I watch the trailer just to get inspired.

  • katysshop

    katysshop said 9 years ago

    this looks great , hope we get to watch it in the uk. theres a similar thing going in the uk called the british craft tour check it out, it has many of the uk's talented etsians.

  • MRSButtons

    MRSButtons said 9 years ago

    Love the book - Can't wait to see the documentary!!

  • MichelleAlynn

    MichelleAlynn said 9 years ago

    Oh my...I'm so excited about this!! Loving the stop-motion credits, too...yay!

  • ClaudiaLord

    ClaudiaLord said 9 years ago

    Love the opening sequence! Very cool!

  • theseawithin

    theseawithin said 9 years ago

    Can't wait for the film!

  • KellyBaldwinDesign

    KellyBaldwinDesign said 9 years ago

    I've been bustin' to see this documentary....can't wait!!!

  • julieincharge Admin

    julieincharge said 9 years ago

    Go, go Handmade Nation! I adore the book and can hardly wait to see the movie in full!

  • robogirl116

    robogirl116 said 9 years ago

    great film! betty the pug

  • carmelitamarie

    carmelitamarie said 8 years ago

    There is so much inspiration in the trailer, I can't wait to see the film. Thank you for sharing! teach me so much Etsy! :)

  • QuercusSilver

    QuercusSilver said 8 years ago

    Well, that's cheered me up. Thank you.

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