Handmade Nation

2pm – 3.30 pm, Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Saturday, 25 July
Handmade Nation documents a movement of artists, crafters, and designers that marry historical techniques with a punk and DIY (Do It Yourself) ethos. In 2006, first-time director Faythe Levine traveled to 15 cities in the USA, interviewing 80 individual crafters. She captured a tight-knit community that exists through virtual networks and connects to the public through independent galleries and craft fairs. Featured artists include Mandy Greer, Stephanie Syjuco, the craft ‘tag crew’ Knitta, and many more. Her documentary of the film has just been released in the USA; this showing at the V&A is the film’s premiere in Britain.
Introduced by craft theorist and historian Glenn Adamson of the V&A, and crafter extraordinaire Rachael Matthews of the London haberdashery Prick Your Finger.
[the film is 69 minutes in length]