Monday, July 17, 2006

Sorry for the delay in the update....... don't forget to check out our etsy shop where we have tons of cool handmade stuff donated to help absorb the cost of this independently financed film as well as t-shirts, totes and pins to show your support!!!

Minneapolis/ St. Paul, MN
June 8, 2006

I had not been back to Minneapolis in 3 years after living there
for 5 a while back... boy has a lot changed! This was a real in & out trip for us and the weekend was quite a blur.

Micaela (camera lady & assistant director), Drew (our Midwest sound guy!!!), Margaret (helper in all ways) & I all drove in Friday night and stayed with Rana. We barely got 4 hours of sleep until it was time to load in for the first Craftstravaganza!!
I had also rented a space for Flying Fish so we had to get set up for that. Margaret came a long to help run the table while we were shooting so at least I had her gracious help!!

The setting of the show was on the State Fair Grounds in St. Paul and there were about 60 vendors total. The show was a huge hit, the news station was there, a reported 2,000 shoppers came, there was great live music--
and everyone battled the heat for a good time! We saw a lot of familiar faces and a bunch of new folks and we did our best to get as many interview as we could--

Jenna & Andy Krueger the show coordinators

We checked in with our friend Heather Wells of Bright Lights Little City who has driven all over the country to many of the shows we have been at this summer from CT. She was joined in St. Paul by her Mother Diane Wells

Lacey Prpic Hedtke & Micah Mayes did some fabulous hooping with there homemade hula-hoops for us!!

Adam Moe the embroider

Painter & sewer Alison Beenken

My old roomie & industrial sewer extraordinaire Nate Van Hofwegen

We were ever so pleased to of crossed paths with Jessie Glover Boeltcher who is researching craft, communities, and identity for her PhD.

Becky Johnson of Sweetie Pie Press

Our next scheduled shoot is in Chicago at the Pitchfork Music Festival where Depart-ment has a set up for the thousands of indie music fans will be milling around!!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

See you this weekend in Minneapolis/ St. Paul ........

More information HERE

it's about time!

Originally uploaded by Indie Craft Documentary.

since i lost my digital camera updating the shop with everyone's dontaions got delayed! yesterday i finally had a chunk of time to spend catching up.... almost!

anyway, check out the etsy shop, there is a TON of cool stuff for sale- all donated by crafters who want to support the documentary!!

all proceeds of the sales go towards expenses of the film. we need help!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

First off- The Indie Craft Documentary got a shout out in the New York Time Magazine this last Sunday, July 2nd. The article written by Rob Walker is about the new wave of craft- you can read it online HERE although you may have to register (it's FREE). If you don't want to read the entire article, which you should, this is the part referring to the film-

"Still, the more popular crafting becomes, the more crafters see mass goods in mainstream retailers that mimic the handmade look. This is part of the reason that Faythe Levine, who runs Paper Boat Boutique and Gallery in Milwaukee and coordinates that city's Art vs. Craft fair, has begun filming a documentary that frames the contemporary craft movement as being partly descended from the indie-driven culture of zines and punk rock. Levine views the story of D.I.Y. crafting as one of building an alternative to mainstream consumption — not as a lifestyle trend. She also points out that this is an "art movement" that is dominated by female artist-entrepreneurs. "We're talking thousands of women," she says. "It's really impressive, and powerful.""

Now to finally catch up on talking about Art vs. Craft, Milwakuee- June 24th
Just a small recap of the day (a week later) with some photos of who we had time to interview and some other highlights. For those of you who don't already know Art vs. Craft just held it's fouth event, it is my personal craft fair that myself and my business partner Kim Kisiolek organize. We held this round at a new venue which was much more functional, but not a pretty as our old location.

A big thanks goes out to Drew Rosas who did sound for us for the day at the show. Yay Drew.

As to be expected it was fairly difficult for me to balance out running the show, having a booth and working on the movie but we did manage to get in interviews with the following peeps-

Melissa, one half of the little friends of printmaking (who do the poster design for the show) If you have never expierenced the design work of Melissa & JW- got to there site. It rules.

Luke & Sarah drove from Providence, RI to sell a smattering of lovely handmade music, pins and accesories under the monikers of Birds of Prey & Glaciers of nice.

Tracy Bull & her husband Justin drove out from Rochester, NY. Tracy make fused glass badges, nightlights and more under the name of Happy Owl Glass. I am a super fan of Tracy's work. She also made an exclusive badge as a donation for the documentary etsy site which will go up by tomorrow! They are super rad!

Carol Lynn of REcreate Designs came down from Madison, WI. she make a varity of well made clothing and accesories out of discarded items and she always has the best displays!

Heather and her boyfriend (husband?, sorry... I'm not sure) Donald drove a whopping 20+ hours to get to the show from Massachusettes to show off her amazingly great lamps made out of paper umbrella's and vintage ribbon. Check her work out at bright lights little city.

Bob & Allison of Hex Handcrafts, are local jewelry makers who work with a varity of metals to make chain mail. There table is always a hit and after the show I always see tons of folks around the city wearing their work.

Annie is the first shoemaker I ever met, I asked her if I could call her a cobblerette, but I guess a cobbler is a shoe fixer, not shoe maker (I think I am getting that right). Her work is absolutly amazing and she is self taught after wanting to do something besides being an architect! She walked us through the process of how she makes her artisian shoes in-house in her studio in Chicago- check out the mohop line. We are hoping to do an in studio interview with her as well.

Emily is a crafty superstar and one of our best sellers at my shop. She works under the name of the "recyclying artist" EKRA. She makes all sorts of goodies from bottle cap magnets to rugs crocheted out of old clothing. All her work is bright bold and reconstructed from discared or unused items. You can buy work from Emily at the Madison Farmers market weekly.