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Documentary: The Rise of DIY

By Amy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 5, 2008 10:16PM

handmade%20nation.jpgA new documentary is in the works to illuminate the flourishing DIY trend. Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft, and Design is the product of first-time filmmaker Faythe Levine, who was inspired to create the documentary after attending Chicago's Renegade Craft Fair in 2003:

"No one was documenting what was going on," Levine said. "It was a bigger cultural community and it was leaking into mass media. They were starting to realize there was a demographic and a market there."

Levine will be screening sections of the documentary this Thursday at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, following with a discussion on the DIY phenomenon and how it relates to “feminism, aesthetics, labor, the art market, and the relationship between so-called ‘high art’ and craft.” You can watch a clip here.

800 S. Halsted Street, 8/7, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Free

Image via the filmmaker's blog