A Handmade Nation Evening!

A huge thank you to Andrea and Rob of Got Craft for bringing out Faythe Levine and her documentary, Handmade Nation to Vancouver last night! The event was a huge success from our viewpoint, as my friend Alex and I thoroughly enjoyed the thoughtful and even poignant film on the indie craft movement. I don't think I was alone in thinking how empowering it was. If you are at all thinking about the possibility of selling your craft/art, interested in supporting the handmade community perhaps by opening your own gallery, or perhaps even blogging about the handmade world, this is the Karate Kid (documentary style) of the craft world. The film gathers pieces of interviews from different artists, designers, gallery owners and retailers who talk about their experiences, thoughts and committment to the d.i.y. world. From how the artists make their wares, how they started, what curators believe is happening with the handmade movement, and where it may be going.

What I took from it were a few things. Although I see it here online and with our market, there was just something empowering about seeing people making it in the handmade community and seeing it in film. The film shows the wonderful supporting community in these circles, and people that are making it happen. There's a message that we are in control of the handmade future. The handmade world is a movement to be reckoned with no matter if or how larger corporations do or could take over the handmade concept, the message is that the d.i.y. punk movement will also eventually reinvent itself if that ever did happen and it won't go away. That was very empowering for me, and a huge thank you to Faythe for delivering this message. What a huge gift to give to an artist or person wishing to support the arts by empowering them with a film like this.

It was also a thrill of course to meet Faythe. She also told us this evening that if you happen to not be able to make it to any of the showings of her film, or wish to purchase the film, that the documentary will be available on dvd and digital download through the folks from Buy Olympia this fall. So keep your eyes open for that!

Also I was really touched when I received a very special cupcake from Lyndsay of Coco Cupcakes! A very delicious lemony treat, that was presented in such a sweet and adorable box! Thank you Lyndsay (and Rich)! It was awesome to see you again! Also it was fun to meet some artists I have only had online contact with and to see their wares in real life. Colleen Baran was there with her beautiful rings and necklaces, and Heather from Dalhaus who is a Poppytalk Handmade participant. And was also cool to meet Becka and her husband, Richard from Bliss in a Teacup who will be joining our "Home Sweet Home" market next month! I can't forget to also mention the sweet hairband I bought from Love Bobbie!

It was an awesome night! And a definite must-see if it comes your way! A huge thanks to my friend Alex for tagging along!

Jan Halvarson


dahlhaus said...

So great to meet you too, Jan! I think the film really brought to light that it's not just the maker that is involved in the process of craft, but that the promoters, store/gallery owners, bloggers, magazines, etc, play such a significant role in allowing makers to continue to work professionally in their craft! Thanks to Poppytalk for continuing to enlighten readers with innovative craft!

Jan Halvarson said...

Thanks Heather, it was so fun to meet you as well!

lisa solomon said...

yay! so glad you got to go and see and meet and greet!

Anonymous said...

I was there too and really enjoyed the screening. It was truly inspiring!

Coco Cake Land said...


great night all around. really inspiring movie to pep up the crafting masses!!!


ColleenBaran said...

Wonderful to meet you! Yes, it was indeed an inspiring film. As well as full of lovely features it's good mix of varied levels; invention, creation, direct & online dissemination, media, etc.

And, of course, delighted to see my postcard in amongst your loot for the evening!