Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Princeton Architectural Press 2008 Fall Catalog

Princeton Architectural Press 2008 Fall Catalog
Originally uploaded by Handmade Nation!.

Just went to the PO Box and found these catalogs from our editor Clare- this is the first we have seen of our book in print. So very exciting!!

I've posted a few other pictures in the flickr account.

Tonight we shot the opening sequence for the 20 minute clip that will screen at Light Industry in NYC June 10th. With the help of Bobby and Andrew of and my fantastic editor Cris we took a little over 4 hours to set-up, hand sew the movie title and break down the set.

I feel like I did a fairly good job of free-handing the lettering for the titles, it was harder than I expected and my fingers are RAW!

andrew, bobby & faythe
setting up

just starting
getting going

faythe doing the sewing
full room shot (you can actually only see my hands on camera)

live action, filming opening credits for 20 minute clip
Here I am working and you can see the monitor I was watching myself sew on in front of me for 2.5 hours

final embroidery piece for opening credit of 20 minute clip
done! I free-hand embroidered this without any lines to trace- a bit harder than I expected.

all the photos are HERE.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Playgirl Magazine & kinky crafts!

Playgirl Magazine & kinky crafts!
Originally uploaded by Handmade Nation!.

I found this via Becky over at Sweetie Pie Press. Her buttons are featured further down the page.

First the Wall Street Journal and now Playgirl. What does craft have in store for it next?!

The link to the playgirl article is HERE

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Why is it that everything always happens at the same time, or within the same week? Yesterday I spent the day at Paper Boat working but did a little multi-tasking doing gocco printing on these sweet poppy color mini-folders that fit a DVD perfectly for the press kits we plan to send out next week for the silent art auction. Here is the end result:

Press Kits
Two screens were used on the front

Press Kits
And one screen on the inside

Press Kits
50 total were printed

I also assembled 150 out of 300 of the wooden spool catalogs for the "Devotion To Thread" show that opens this Saturday....

Assembling Spools

Spool Catalog for "Devotion To Thread" show

Green Spool Catalog

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Saturday, July 19th
at the Poketo Headquarters
510 S Hewitt #506 Los Angeles, CA 90013 (5th floor)

Come hang out, watch a clip of the documentary, have a drink, check out the art, make a bid and if you are lucky you may be taking home a new piece work by one of the 30 artists who donated to help us raise our goal $5000
to finish Handmade Nation!

The press release with event details is available HERE.

Feel free to pass it around and help up spread the news, we are looking for as much hype to help us raise our $5,000 goal! I will be updating you often with news and details about the show, just keep an eye out for the logo above and feel free to post it on your page and link back to us to help spread the word!!So here's the deal..... these 30 artists have donated original and limited edition artwork and print that will be up for auction, it is going to be an amazing show because participating artists include:
Alena Hennessy, Amy Rice, Catherine Ryan, Catia Chen, Chris Crites, Daria Tessler, David Stein, Diem Chau, Emily Eibel, Erika Somogyi, Jen Corace, Jill Bliss, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Katy Horan, Keith Shore, Kelly Lynn Jones, Kim Weiss, Kime Buzzelli, Leah Chun, Lisa Congdon, Lisa Solomon, Merrilee Challis, The Polaroid Kidd (aka Mike Brodie), Monica Canilao, Nikki McClure, Pete Yahnke, Pippi Zornoza, Renee Garner, Sarah Anderson, Sarah Neuburger, Stephanie Syjuco, The Little Friends of Printmaking, Tom Vadakan, Tracy Bull, Veronica De Jesus, Will Bryant and Xander Marro.

Also 40 super duper stuffed gift bags (we are talking books, t-shirts, soap, stationary....etc) will be handed out to the first people at the event filled with goodies from:
Apenest, Art School Dropout, Bubble Roome Soap, Cara Taylor Designs, Cursive Design, Dog & Pony Show Designs, EKRA Recycling Artist, Ex Libris Anonymous, Foxy & Winston, Happy Owl Glass, Matty 8080, Pearl & Marmalade, Poketo, Princeton Architectural Press, Supermaggie, The Great Lakes Goods and Zeichen Press

If you would like to volunteer at the event, please drop me a line.

A special big thanks goes to our event sponsors:
Craft Magazine
Three by Three

Friday, May 09, 2008

Handmade Nation Book on

Handmade Nation Book on
Originally uploaded by Indie Craft Documentary.

Our book is up for pre-sales....

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

May Raffle!

May Raffle!
Originally uploaded by Indie Craft Documentary.

May Raffle
valued at over $150

Tickets available at

The following will come stuffed into a Handmade Nation Craft Tree Canvas Tote:

* Cancer Pants Journal with cancerpants Super funtime kit! from If'n Books + Marks!
* Chocolate and pink Polka Dot Clutch from
* Zeichen Press CD Mixpak
* Honeydoux "In The Navy" Earrings with vintage blue glass anchor buttons, brass shells and chain. Gold-plated surgical steel earwires. 1.5 inches long
* 4 Sublime Stitching patterns
* Handmade Nation pocket mirror
* Bead Simple by Susan Beal

Take note......

In New York:
Via Monica Hamption, Director of Education at the American Craft Council:

I'm excited to announce the return of our highly anticipated "Summer in the City Salon Series" ("Inside Out: Current Conversations in Craft and Beyond" - see below) beginning on Thursday, May 15th featuring Tyler Hays from the amazing furniture company BDDW. For more information on this event as well as all the other events taking place throughout the summer, please go HERE. Be sure to RSVP for the series as they fill up very fast! I hope you are all well and hope to see you soon!

In Virginia:
"The Thread as the Line: Contemporary Sewn Art"
Curator Cynthia Connolly has put together an amazing show at the Ellipse Arts Center in Arlington, VA that includes work by Megan Whitmarsh, Caroline Hwang and Sabrina Gschwandtner runs through July 12th. Information is HERE
In Washington:
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mandy Greer last year and checking out some of her work in her studio if you are in Seattle, make the drive across the lake to the Bellevue Arts Museum to see what they are calling "Greer’s largest and most intricate artwork to date. The room-size installation is featured as part of a larger selection of works drawn from the artist’s last decade of activity." You will not be disappointed the exhibit runs though August 3rd. More information HERE.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The April raffle winner is.......

Lauren Bruggenthies

161 raffle tickets were sold in April, that's almost double the previous month! Let's see if we can break this new record in May!

p.s. I use a random number picker to select the winner if anyone is curious.