ACCLAIMED INDIE CRAFT DOCUMENTARY "HANDMADE NATION" TO HAVE FREE ENCORE PRESENTATION AT THE BIG TOP ART GALLERY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2009
To celebrate the DVD release of the indie craft documentary Handmade Nation by New Orleans Craft Mafia and the Big Top Art Gallery are teaming up for a FREE encore presentation of the film, Wednesday November 18th, 2009., which chronicles the rise of DIY and the new wave of art, craft and design, the
The film will screen at 8 p.m. sharp at the Big Top’s multi-purpose 1638 Clio Street location. Before and after the screening, beginning at 6 p.m., and running til 10 p.m., the New Orleans Craft Mafia’s members will showcase their handmade and recycled wares for your early holiday shopping pleasure. The Handmade Nation DVD will be available for purchase from NOCM member Miss Malaprop at the event. (It is also available online at http://www.buyolympia.com/handmade.)
Starting in 2006, Levine traveled to 15 cities, logged over 19,000 miles and interviewed more than 80 individuals who are part of a tightly knit crafting community which exists both online through websites, blogs and online stores as well as within local communities around the world in the form of craft fairs, independent boutiques, modern day knitting circles and networking groups like the Craft Mafia. These individuals merge traditional handcrafting techniques with a modern DIY (do it yourself) ethos, combining historical crafting techniques and artisan skills with 21st century aesthetics, punk, politics, feminism and art. Fueled by the common thread of creating, the film explores a burgeoning art community that is based on creativity, determination, and networking.
The New Orleans Craft Mafia and Delgado Community College’s Irma Thomas W.I.S.E. Women Center premiered Handmade Nation to a standing-room-only crowd at Delgado’s Student Life Center in September, with filmmaker Faythe Levine in attendance. The overwhelming success of that event prompted the group to offer a second free screening for the New Orleans community, timed with the film’s DVD release.
For more information about the Big Top Art Gallery, visit: http://www.3rcp.com
For more information on the New Orleans Craft Mafia, visit: http://www.neworleanscraftmafia.com