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Handmade Nation


It would've been hard to predict, even five years ago, that the DIY craft community would blow up as it has., the handmade eBay, is now a household name. "Not your grandma's [fill in the blank with anything from quilting to lube]" has become such a common utterance that we've had to throw it on the BW editorial blacklist.

The Treasure Valley even has its own burgeoning craft community: Idaho Indie Works, Bricolage, Puffy Mondaes, Church of Craft. To document the meteoric rise of this punk rock, DIY craft revolution, director and author Faythe Levine traveled 19,000 miles across the country to speak with indie craft pioneers like Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching, calendar maker Nikki McClure and Callie Janoff of Church of Craft. Levine pieced together a book and a feature-length film called Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design. The film explores how "ethics can overlap with creativity and art with community" as the indie craft movement weaves together ideals like feminism, anti-consumerism and environmentalism.

On Tuesday, June 15, local "humanmade" craft shop Bricolage will host a special screening of Handmade Nation at Flicks. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and all ticket holders are automatically entered to win door prizes like a vintage bike donated by Boise Bicycle Project. The film starts at 7 p.m. and food and drinks will be available.

Tuesday, June 15, 5:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. film, $8, The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 208-342-4222,