Handmade Nation: Win the Book!

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 macramť 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.


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!

Congratulations to winners:
Judy Young
Wenona N.
Casey F.
Alex G.
Udruzenje Reelement

Please contact me at veronicap@earth.care2.com with your shipping address and you’ll be receiving your new book soon!


Bonita Kent
Bonita Kent6 years ago

I especially like thinking of ways to use what would normally be throw outs. However, I really enjoy floral and children's crafts.

Smith M.
.8 years ago

I got Handmade Nation about a month ago and I love it! I found the website for the movie a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was the coolest thing ever! Then to my surprise I find that ThreadBanger one of my favorite sites did a feature on it and that just made my day. I wonder if the movie will ever come out on DVD since there is not a showing by where I live.
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Wenona N.
Wenona N.8 years ago

I love to make all kinds of crafts, especially those made rom items that would normally end up in the trash or recycling bin. I have a collection of yogurt cup and laundry bottle critters that I have made.

Casey F.
Casey F8 years ago

I love to upcycle! I just hate to see things thrown away. Lately ive been keeping all of my jars and bottles and trying to figure out something to use them for. I use milk cartons for bird feeders and I'm always looking for things to use in future projects. Buttons, game pieces, even used gift cards. I always see some kind of potential for them. Haha.

SANDRAS M8 years ago


Laura K.
Laura K8 years ago

I love to upcycle old wool sweaters from the thrift store by fulling them in the washing machine. I then make brooches, art dolls, cup cake & duckie stuffies and other crafts from the felted wool.

Karen C.
Karen C.8 years ago

I create useful household things with used newspapers, like trash bins, and coasters.

Alex G.
Past Member 8 years ago

Living ecologically is the ultimate craft! Gardening, canning, patchwork quilting, art out of found objects - striving to reduce my consumption is an endless inspiration.

Bonnie C.
Bonnie C8 years ago

I make dolls out of my son's old stained clothes since they aren't nice enough to give away. I make the doll's clothing out of all sorts of things: protective foam from the bottom of an old knick knack becomes soles of doll boots, beads or buttons from old clothes become eyes, old sheets make great doll bodies and left over yarn is great for making the doll's wig. I get suffing from old stuffed animals or pillows when they are too ratty for anyone to buy at thrift stores. I just stuff it in a garment bag and wash it first. Everything becomes something if you can just imagine it! :)