Monday, September 01, 2008

Do Stuff

Make zine provides instructions for projects using technology

A profile in Publishers Weekly of Faythe Levine, author of Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design.
Early childhood experiences with crafting eventually led Levine to an unlikely place: Seattle's underground punk scene in the early '90s, where nearly everyone she was involved with engaged in making stuff-music, T-shirts, zines. “This was my first exposure to teenagers' and young adults creating a community around living a DIY lifestyle,”, says Levine.

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When she heard about an alternative crafts fair happening in Chicago in 2003, she figured she might as well check it out. That fair just happened to be the first-ever Renegade Craft Fair, which has since expanded to Brooklyn and San Francisco and developed a reputation as one of the country's best crafts events. It was here that Levine linked up with the DIY community that had been burgeoning in pockets around the country.

Or, of course, you could just blog, which doesn't quite have the same rebel aesthetic as punk, but at least it isn't as petty bourgeois as setting up your own publishing or record company.

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