Tuesday, March 31, 2009
A handful of the amazing people/places/things I saw/met/did while in Melbourne earlier this month. My photos are HERE.
- Frankie Magazine, awesome publication that will be doing a feature on the film this summer!
- Anna Brownfield/Poison Apple Productions, interviewed me for a documentary she is working on about craft!
- Bar Lourinha, delicious.
- Beverly Laing, I met on the train on the way back to the city from Stitches and Craft. She told me about the zine shop and her amazing project Posted Stitches.
- Miss Mardi Nowak came to a screening and has a great blog to check out.
- Craft Victoria hosted Viva la Craft & Chicks on Speed
- I got to meet Sarah Lindsay the studio manager at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop.
- Rayna of Radical Cross Stitch did an interview with me for Craft Cartel
- I got to hang out with Abigail Crompton the director of the amazing Third Drawer Down.
- Justine Telfer editor/publisher of MixTape zine is oh so lovely!
- in.cube8r gallery hosted a short talk and book signing with me.
- Cumulus, yummy!
- Pip from Meet me at Mikes was the icing on the cake!
Thursday I will be in Eureka, CA and Friday, Saturday & Sunday I will be in Portland, OR with the movie (details on the right sidebar)!
Also, the new edition of Dialogue! from design for mankind on Self-Discipline is live:
Design For Mankind - Dialogue Episode 4 from Design For Mankind on Vimeo.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
In other news my business partner and I announced that we will be closing the doors of our Milwaukee based shop Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery. You can read about it HERE. It is a bittersweet decision as you an imagine.
AND the lovely lovely Kate of Obsessive Consumption has been documenting the affairs surrounding the Portland, OR premiere next weekend including all the incredible goodies that are coming in for the swag bags that come with the Friday night ticket. Check out her flickr set HERE.
Details about the screenings happening at the Portland Museum of Contemporary Craft are HERE and while your at it check out this rad promo video they made for the event- they are killing it!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Podcast live: Interview//chat with Rayna from Craft Cartel
Originally uploaded by Handmade Nation!.
I was so lucky to get to sit and chat with Rayna who does Radical Cross Stitch and Craft Cartel when I was in Australia.
Check out the interview and the rest of the site, it's a great resource!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
"The bailout. The financial crisis. The economic downturn. However you slice it, finances are fast becoming our world’s new favorite topic, so naturally— our Dialogue cast weighs in. Find out more about the life of a freelancer, tips for staying afloat and the benefits of working for “the man”, right here on Design for Mankind."
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Indie Craft section at Stitches & Craft
Pip (owner and author of Meet Me At Mikes) & Justine (editor of Mix Tape zine)
Chicks on Speed present: Viva la Craft at Craft Victoria
Alex (Chicks on Speed), Melissa (Chicks on Speed) & Abigail (director of Third Drawer Down) at Third Drawer Down after hours special shopping visit thanks to Abigail!
If there is one place to be this Sunday evening it is at in.cube8r where we are thrilled to present to our in.cube8r friends, Handmade Nation's Faythe Levin. If you have been stuck under a rock and not heard about the handmade nation phenominon it is the Internationally received film/documentary and book on all things art, craft, design & DIY.
We will be selling copies of Handmade Nation book and one lucky in.cube8r friend will WIN a copy to take home.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This morning I got here early to be broadcast live on Channel 9 on the Kerri-Anne Kennerley show. Kerri-Anne wasn't here herself but her affiliate did a quick little introduction about me and they showed a close-up shot of the book. Live TV freaks me out.
Here I am. Thanks to Justine from Mix Tape for the photo!
Later today or tomorrow I will be showing you the amazing indie crafters I've met here and that are featured at this show!
Monday, March 09, 2009
I visited Pip and her guy Cam yesterday after my radio interview at 3RRR, it was a holiday here in Melbourne so the shop was closed.
in the studio!
Pip, Cam and I spent some time drinking tea and catching up about the city, the Australian craft scene and good spots to check out. Their space was so amazing and I could of kicked myself for only having my iphone to capture the afternoon. Their home/shop is worth some real documenting for sure!
I couldn't be more pleased with my new friends who I am meeting for dinner tonight and also getting up at the crack of dawn with on Sunday to go to a flea market. Dinner and flea markets are really in my top 5 favorite things ever. Yay facebook! Yay Australia!
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
When I arrived not only was my luggage last off the plane (45 minute wait) but it was one of the most difficult customs I have ever gone through! Two hours after landing I made it through and Ross and Angela were there to meet me! I had only ever spoke with them once and the rest of our communication has been via email but they were both as sweet and lovely as could be. Their Company Living Creatively puts on the Stitches and Craft show where I am having my Australian premiere of Handmade Nation next week! They are responsible for bringing me here and I am so excited to take in as much of the city as possible! On top of having great hosts I have two friend from Milwaukee who just happen to be here at the same time. We have already seen some great stuff over the past few days:
Last night we watched Heathers at the Rooftop Cinema
I learned that Milk Bar = Corner Store
I found a nesting doll shop
Street Graffiti is legal
A few more pictures HERE
Over the next few days I am doing a bunch of interviews for print and radio. Then next week we start the screenings. I will also be doing some programing with Craft Victoria with my friends Chicks on Speed (information below).
I am a bit behind in blogging land due to all the travels, colds and taking care of business here and there! But I have a lot of news to share with you including reminders about quickly approaching screenings and lectures as well as the fantastic piece on the PBS website yesterday Art Beat: Common Threads, online News Hour with Jim Lehrer
Screenings & lectures next week:
San Francisco, March 11th
(Director Faythe Levine will sadly not be present)
San Francisco Film Society presents the SF360 Film + Club
Handmade Nation Doors at 7, movie starts at 7:3o
Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street
Tickets are $8 for SFFS members and $12 for non-members and are available here.
Melbourne, Australia, March 11-15th
(Director Faythe Levine will be in attendance)
Presented by the Stitches & Craft Show
Melbourne, Australia March 13th $8 Craft Victoria Members; $15 Non-Members
Artist, director, author and filmmaker Faythe Levine will lead a visual discussion about the background on the politics of handmade as it stands today. Within a world of mass production, globalized economy, and extreme materialism, what does crafting something by hand mean? Where does craft find itself today? Visual examples of the politics of handmade focusing on political crafters from the DIY/Indie/New Wave of Craft movement including Knitta, Stephanie Syjuco (AntiFactory, Counterfeit Crochet Project), Kate Bingaman-Burt (Obsessive Consumption) and Betsy Greer (Craftivism).
60 minutes plus Q&A
Melbouren, Australia March 16th, Presented by Craft Victoria
$15 Craft Victoria Members; $25 Non-Members
Immerse yourself in the politics of handmade. Whether you have never been introduced to the power that can be wielded by craft or if you are a seasoned veteran living a DIY lifestyle, come join the discussion led by Faythe Levine, Director and co-author of Handmade Nation. Each participant will create his or her own embroidery while discussion is stimulated by a series of handouts, photographs and two screenings of political craft in motion.