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Handmade Nation Premiere

I'm seriously thinking of going to this. From the San Francisco Film Society website:

The San Francisco Film Society is screening Handmade Nation on Wed March 11 at 7:30 PM at Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street at Mint). Tickets are $8 for SFFS members and $12 for non-members.

Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine (USA, 2009)

Buying local for many means buying handmade objects that are designed and fabricated with ingenuity, grit and love. Handmade Nation documents a movement of artists, crafters and designers that imbue traditional handiwork techniques with a punky do-it-yourself ethos informed by modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art. The film explores the burgeoning art community of indie crafters that is fueled by creativity, determination and networking. First-time director Faythe Levine traveled the U.S. to capture the tight-knit community, conducting interviews in the studios and homes of noted and independent artists. Levine also details how Web sites, blogs and online stores have spurred a once underground movement and how crafts have expanded to connect with the greater public through boutiques, galleries and fairs.

Following the screening there will be a discussion with Lisa Congdon, owner of retailer Rare Device; Derek Fagerstrom, Craft and DIY Co-editor at design*sponge and co-owner of The Curiosity Shoppe; Natalie Zee Drieu, Senior Editor of Craft magazine; and Stephanie Syjuco, fine artist and professor.

Selling their work will be the following artists and vendors: Dutch Door Press, Diana Fayt, Cara Lyndon, Miss Natalie, Mittenmaker, Nous Savons, Sharon Spain, Woolly Hoodwinks, Zum, The Curiosity Shoppe, Little Otsu, Needles & Pens and Rare Device.

Chicks With Sticks

In an effort to get out of the house more often, I looked on Ravelry to see what local knitting groups were in San Francisco. The closest one to me is San Francisco Chicks with Sticks. It's a group that meets every week for cocktails and knitting at Bliss Bar in Noe Valley on Monday nights at 6:30. I thought I'd stop by there tonight and see what it's like.

American Craft Show

I was very sad to have missed the Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason earlier this month. It sounded like it was to be a great time. The website says this year was the "first annual," so I'm hoping they'll be back next year.

I just learned that the American Craft Show will be at Fort Mason on August 15-17. It doesn't sound as cool-slash-hip as the Renegade Craft Fair, but sounds interesting none the less. Much more craft as art.

Admission is $12, a two-day pass is $18, but you can save $2 by buying tickets online. I'm thinking of going on Saturday.


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