Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Very Crafty Weekend!

Portland is buzzing with crafty events this weekend! Not only is it Crafty Wonderland's third birthday celebration but it is the NW premiere of Faythe Levine's indie craft documentary, Handmade Nation! Details below...

I still find it hard to believe that it has been three years since Torie and I launched our monthly craft extravaganza, Crafty Wonderland. It's been quite a ride! Come by and celebrate with us and enjoy some special party favors we have lined up for our shoppers. We will have donuts from Voodoo Doughnuts and Stumptown Coffee compliments of our host, Doug Fir along with prizes from the lovely folks at Sublime Stitching to the first shoppers through the doors. Get there early if you want to score these goodies - quantities are limited! And, as usual, we have another fabulous assortment of 40+ vendors selling their amazing handmade goods - check out the full vendor list here.

We are also super excited to be hosting crafter/writer/film maker extraordinaire, Faythe Levine who is in town premiering her film Handmade Nation. Faythe will be on hand at the DIY table from noon - 2pm to meet and greet and talk about her film. Jen Neitzel from DIY Lounge will also be at the DIY table helping folks make 1" buttons with some special Handmade Nation graphics done by local artist and illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt. Kate is also a vendor at this month's show so stop by her booth to score some of her amazing work.
Portland is so lucky to be one of the cities hosting a premiere of the Handmade Nation film along with the director herself. The film is screening at the Museum of Contemporary Craft throughout the weekend. Last I checked all except the Sunday 3pm show were sold out so you better act fast if you want to see this film - it's a must see! You can get all the details as well as buy tickets on the museum's website.

In addition to the film screenings, the museum is offering several craft related programs including a CraftPerspectives panel discussion with several artists featured in the film (2pm on Saturday) and a Crochet-A-Thon with artist Mandy Greer (4-6pm on Saturday). And if that weren't enough, there are two amazing exhibits at the museum right now that you can check out while you are there..."Dare alla luce" - an installation of ornate crocheted organisms by Mandy Greer and "The Large Works" - amazing large embroidered snap shots by Darell Morris.

Lastly, I thought I'd share these video clips that were made by Porter Panther to help promote the Handmade Nation NW premiere. They interviewed Torie and I at the March Crafty Wonderland show. Check them out!