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Yes, we’re a handmade nation!

Posted on: February 4, 2009

DesignSponge just featured a very exciting new indie-documentary called “Handmade Nation”, which opens in theatres next week and chronicles the rise of DIY and the Arts and Crafts revolution across our nation.

This film is the work of Faythe Levine and Courtney Heimerl. According to their website:

In 2006, first-time director Faythe Levine traveled to 15 cities, interviewing 80 individuals. Levine captured the virtually tight-knit community that exists through websites, blogs and online stores and connects to the greater public through independent boutiques, galleries, and craft fairs.

The film is coming out at an incredibly apt time. From running a community-based platform for people-to-people commerce, we have been seeing a meteoric rise of people who are now able to showcase their creative skills and build beautiful products and connect with likeminded people around them to get feedback. The small home-based entrepreneur or small business-person has never before been able to so quickly get their products out there, start conversations with people across the social-web and earn profitability from their efforts.

But the rise of Social Media since 2006 means it is now easier and more effective than ever to promote and highlight your products at minimal marketing efforts, and I think thats a chapter in this saga that’s worth spending good time on. We’d love to connect with sellers who have stores on Silkfair or even other platforms and offer free tips and advice on how to use social media to your advantage as a small business owner selling handcrafter items. Maybe we’ll do a whole series of blog posts on the subject. Let us know if you would be interested in reading something like that.

In the meantime – its a great feeling to know that this weave of websites and micro-communities represent a larger movement across this handmade-nation of ours, and its an honor that we’re also playing a role in its future

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1 Response to "Yes, we’re a handmade nation!"

Well, the top pendant looks like an A grade black opal worth around $100,000 if you could find one. Well done. at least it makes such colors and patterns available to Mr or Mrs Average. Here are the definitions of natural opal. its a world of its own coming out of the Australian outback http://www.opalmine.com/encyclopedia/introduction-2.html

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