ARTS AND CRAFTS, MUSIC AND ACTION!
CHICKS ON SPEED PRESENT GIRLMONSTER 3 : VIVA LA CRAFT!!!
BRING YOUR KNITTING NEEDLES! 29-01-09 // 21 h // KAMPNAGEL THEATRE, Jarrestrasse 20, HAMBURG, GERMANYKOKO VON NAPOO best newcomer band in the world, live from Paris, france. United in their love of reverb, synthesizers and destructured melodies, the band delivers a personnal and out of time electropop.
FILM: EUROPEAN-PREMIERE – SCREENING+ARTIST-TALK -“HANDMADE NATION” The Rise of DIY Art, Craft & Design BY FAYTHE LEVINE (USA)
Faythe Levine live in person @ GIRL MONSTER
for the screening of Handmade Nation http://www.handmadenationmovie.com
LECTURE: TATTY DEVINE (ROSIE WOLFENDEN + HARRIET VINE) DIY entrepreneurs from London. A Performance Powerpoint Lecture by the Queens of Craft themselves.
The Mount Cherries in Tatty Devine Brick lane shop and Ann Marie below wears 50´s glasses necklace
INDIGO DYE-VAT by TRAVIS BOYER (FLEX YOUR TEXTILES) Travis presents in dvd form, a guide to dying your own clothes, titled “Indigo Girls”, so everyone can learn how to dye their own stuff!
WORKSHOP with KATHI GLAS (CHICKS ON SPEED) Bring your clothes and Kathi will guide you through dying processes, knitting and bastling!
DJ SET: Chicks on Speed and Nadine Jessen
Handmade Nation, Documentary, 2009, 65 minutes, color Synopsis
A new wave of craft is capturing the attention of the nation. It has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk and the DIY (do it yourself) ethos while being influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art. It is no longer just about cross-stitching
samplers or painting floral scrolls on china. Instead, it has increased its realm to embrace an emerging
movement of artists, crafters and designers working in traditional and nontraditional mediums and
methodologies to intervene in mass-market consumerism, to challenge the familiar and to attempt
creative and economic freedom. This movement created by craft forges a new economy, lifestyle and
burgeoning art community that is based on creativity, determination and networking.
The heart of the new wave of craft is the community. Artists, crafters, makers, organizers, critics,
curators, cultural theorists and historians come together to create a community that shares the desire to
produce change through the passion to create. By sharing ideas and encouragement they work together
to nurture entrepreneurialism, preserve feminine heritage and wield great economic power. Through
websites, blogs and online stores individuals in this widespread community can stay virtually tight-
knit while boutiques, studios, galleries and craft fairs connect to the greater public to inspire and to
In June 2006 first time director Faythe Levine began production on Handmade Nation (working
title Indie Craft Documentary). She set out with her one camera crew (DOP Micaela O’Herlihy) to
document the unfolding movement. Independently funded by community support and credit cards
Levine traveled to fifteen cities, traveling over 19,000 miles to capture what was unfolding around
In April of 2007 a 8 minute clip was released via Youtube.com to generate interest and support.
Through this clip, Faythe Levine was approached by three publishers interested in the possibility of
a book. At this time Levine contacted her friend and fellow maker Cortney Heimerl to put together a
formal proposal that they submitted to who is now their publisher Princeton Architectural Press. The
outcome is a book based on the research collected through the documentary process featuring 24 of the
interviewed makers as well as four essays on the community. For additional information on the book
please see the press release below.
The feature length documentary features segments on influential indie craft community members
including Jenny Hart, The Little Friends of Printmaking, The Dirt Palace, Susan Beal, Nikki McClure,
Deb Dormondy, Mandy Greer, Stephanie Syjuco, Kathy Sever, Buyolympia.com, Whitney Lee, Knitta
and Jenine Bressner. Additional commentary is given by a number of other community members
including Debbie Stoller, Leah Kramer, Andrew Wagner, Jill Bliss, Garth Johnson and Heidi Kenny.
The stop animation opening title sequence was produced in 2008 with the help of Radar Studios and
director Sam Macon. Shot over the course of a 26-hour weekend it features the original score “Hands
On” written and produced by Noisola specifically for the film. Original music by Faythe Levine’s band
Wooden Robot is featured throughout the rest of the film.
Jenine Bressner in studio, Providence RI 2006, Handmade Nation production still