Sunday, November 30, 2008

Put your hands together

The snow is beginning to fall, ten inches have been predicted, so it is a good time to cozy up with a good book or gather the craft making supplies. Better yet, settle in under that hand knit afghan and get your paws on the new book Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl. The book is a companion to a film of the same name to be released in February and is an exploration of the new generation of art and craft makers. The artists, who live from coast to coast, describe in interviews their reasons for creating and selling the handmade, what it means to them to create, what materials they use (emphasis on re purposed and recycled) and their backgrounds and influences. Add a ton of full page photo spreads of work spaces, artwork, materials, artisans and craft fairs and you got a book of inspiration in your palms of your hands. Our holiday Art vs. Craft fair was held yesterday, organized by the author herself for the past five years, and it was not only overflowing with folks (lined up down the block and around the corner) but with some super unique and finely crafted items. These darling George button barrettes were made by Glitter Workshop and the ceramic tab by Circa Ceramics (can you guess who that is for?). Alright, I did want the brain tile, bowl, cup and magnet, but you gotta spread the goodness out. So take the buy handmade pledge and join in the handmade hootenanny.

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