Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My Favorite Gift - Handmade Nation

by Amy of Bumble Belly Designs

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First, I must say that my husband rocks! He always gets me the best books - ones that inspire and inform me. This year my gift was "Handmade Nation - The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design" by Faythe Levine and Courtney Heimerl. I will admit that I have not finished the book yet. I am pouring over each page savoring the interviews with each artist and being inspired by their talents. I am new to the "Handmade Revolution". I fell into my Etsy life by chance and changing life circumstances. Encouraged by good friends, I feel that I have finally found that "place", the "thing" that makes you happy. I love being a part of a larger creative community and wake up each day wondering what I will come up with - how will a piece turn out - what will I start next...

The book has served to enlighten me and introduce some of the pioneers in this recent rise of handmade. The diversity of the talents is truly awe inspiring and the stories have served as "little cheerleaders", each providing encouragement and possibility. I am also eagerly anticipating the feature length documentary that will be released in 2009. The book is based on the interviews and footage collected for the movie by Faythe. Faythe Levine also has a blog about this "handmade nation" which I will be sure to keep up with. Here's to health, happiness, and handmade in 2009!!

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