"It's a gentle, enlightening film, with great respect and admiration for its genial subjects that easily spills over to the viewer." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"As Levine’s interviews skip haphazardly from city to city, from craft to craft, a vivid collage portrait begins to emerge." - Devin D. O’Leary, Alibi.com
Handmade Nation documents a movement of artists, crafters and designers that recognize the marriage between historical techniques, punk and DIY (do it yourself) ethos while being influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art. Fueled by the common thread of creating, Handmade Nation explores a burgeoning art community that is based on creativity, determination and networking.
In 2006 first time director Faythe Levine traveled to 15 cities, interviewing 80 individuals. Levine captured the virtually tight-knit community that exists through websites, blogs and online stores and connects to the greater public through independent boutiques, galleries and craft fairs. Interviews were also conducted in artist studios and homes of the featured makers.