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Handmade Nation, the documentary film by Faythe Levine celebrating the handmade movement in America, will make its premiere in Portland, Oregon, this weekend. Hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Craft, there will be three screenings of the film and fantastic craft events throughout the weekend. I’ll be reporting from Portland throughout the weekend, and would love to meet up with any CRAFT readers while I’m there. See below for the full schedule of events, and let me know in the comments if you’ll be attending any of them.
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Ongoing throughout the weekend, the Museum of Contemporary Craft will have a photo kiosk on hand where visitors can bring their handmade items and photograph themselves with their craft project. Photos will be digitally archived and presented through the museum’s Flickr account. The same self-portrait kind of project was utilized during a previous exhibit and yielded fun and interesting photographs.

Friday, April 3
Film Screening with several guests from the film on hand, and Q&A with Faythe Levine
7:30 pm – Doors open at 7 pm
General admission: $25 (includes swag bag)
Saturday, April 4
Film Screening and Q&A with Faythe Levine – SOLD OUT
12 pm – Doors open at 11:30 am
General admission: $10
CraftPerspectives Conversation: Handmade Nation
2 pm – Free and open to the public
Panel conversation with special guests Susan Beal (West Coast Crafty), Jill Bliss (Blissen), Kate Bingaman-Burt (Obsessive Consumption), Betsy Greer (Craftivism) Garth Johnson (Extreme Craft) and Faythe Levine (Handmade Nation). Moderated by Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft.
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Crochet-a-thon with Mandy Greer
Saturday, April 4, 4-6 pm Free and open to the public
Artist Mandy Greer, featured in Handmade Nation, will show participants how to crochet, and will then make a sculpture out of the raw materials created that day. Participants are asked to bring yarn and fabric, new or reused, in all shades of blue, from very light to dark (excluding navy!).
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Sunday, April 5
Crafty Wonderland: Handmade Nation Edition
11-4 pm, Free and open to the public
Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside, Portland
Portland’s monthly craft fair will feature Faythe Levine signing her Handmade Nation books, and a DIY table where visitors can make free craft projects with Susan Beal.
Film Screening and Q&A with Faythe Levine (third screening just added)
5:30 pm – Doors open at 5 pm
General admission: $10


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