Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve likely been witness to the massive resurgence of the DIY/craft movement. No longer the macramé plant holders and macaroni necklaces of the old school–today the term “craft,” while perhaps not synonymous with “art,” is certainly becoming a deserving equal in the eyes of a discerning public. “Renegade” craft fairs and “Maker’s Markets” are popping up in abandoned churches and neighborhood parks, allowing artists from all walks a chance to create and share their designs.
“Without really being conscious of it we’ve created an independent economy free from corporate ties,” says DIY rockstar Faythe Levine. Apart from being a trailblazing crafter herself, Levine co-authored (with Cortney Heimel) the book Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design along with producing a documentary, of the same name, chronicling the thriving craft culture across the United States. She’s been kind enough to answer a few questions for Care2.
How do you feel the handmade movement has impacted the environment?
I believe that handmade raises awareness about materials, process and manufacturing which all circle back to the environment.
What advice would you give to people who feel they are not “naturally crafty”?
I always encourage people to follow any creative urge or feeling of inspiration they may get–however, it is important to start small if you have never tackled a certain type of project before and it is also important to not critique yourself too much. Just go with the flow and see what comes out.
Are there any “green/recycled” crafters that you’re excited about?
I often work with Emily Kircher who has billed herself as the Recycling Artist, Gabriel Colaluca of the Brown Banana makes amazing spoon bracelets and companies like Little Otsu work with recycled papers and soy inks.
Tell us about the documentary and why our readers would relate to it.
Handmade Nation the book and documentary showcases a number of different makers who are creating their own reality through art, craft and design. After viewing the film and reading the book it is easy to feel inspired and encouraged to embrace the DIY (do it yourself) ethics that these makers represent.
WIN A COPY OF HANDMADE NATION!
Faythe has generously donated five copies of her book, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Craft, and Design, to our Care2 readers. Just leave an answer to the question, “What creative activity do you participate in?” in the comment field below. The winners will be announced Monday, March 9. Good luck!
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