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Summit of Awesome in DC: May 1-3, 2009

On Friday, May 1st, Hello Craft will host its first ever Summit of Awesome in the heart of the Nation’s Capital!

Geared specifically for independent artists and crafters, the Summit of Awesome is 3 full days of seminars and hands-on workshops, which will provide business and technical education for those in the handmade arts community. The Summit also includes the D.C. premiere showing of the Indie Craft Documentary film, Handmade Nation – A highly anticipated film that captures the superstars of the indie craft world, and documents how the handmade community began and took its current shape.

The entire Summit of Awesome will take place in the independent shops, restaurants and bars in the MidCity area of D.C., along 14th and U Streets NW, including Miss Pixie’s Solly’s, DC9, Bar Pilar and Gate 54 at Cafe St. Ex. The Friday night film screening of Handmade Nation will be hosted at the DCJCC’s Theater J.

Special keynote speakers include Maria Thomas, CEO of Etsy.com, and Jenny Hart, Founder of Sublime Stitching!

Other speaker and workshop hosts include an impressive group from the indie crafting community from both the West and East Coasts.

Here is a small sampling of the speakers and demonstrators who will provide hands-on workshops and business seminars during the Summit of Awesome:

Seminars

Workshops

Hello Craft is a D.C. based non-profit, launched in the Fall of 2008. Through the foundation of its interactive and increasingly popular website hellocraft.com, Hello Craft brings together crafters and makers to learn, grow and be prosperous in this ever-changing economy. With a desire to help sustain the handmade movement and support independent crafters within the community, Hello Craft welcomes all to its first annual Summit of Awesome.

EVENT: Summit of Awesome
WHEN:
Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3
WHERE:
MidCity, Washington, D.C.
WEBSITE/SUMMIT REGISTRATION: hellocraft.com

Use discount code willo25 for $25 off the cost of registration!
Coupon only applies to All Access Summit Passes, not day passes.
Coupon expires 4/29/2009.

If you’ll be at the Summit, please introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting you all!
~ Willo, WilloToons.com

Hear me now, see Handmade Nation later

I and Faythe Levine, the woman behind Handmade Nation were interviewed for WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show yesterday morning! In case you missed it here we are:

There are still tickets for the Saturday and Sunday screenings at the MAD Museum, get them while they are hot!

Handmade Nation

The indie craft movement is coming to a big screen near you with Faythe Levine’s new documentary and book, Handmade Nation!

Faith traveled to 15 cities and interviewed 80 crafters to gather material for the project. The movie includes an interview with Callie about the roots of the Church of Craft, and the book contains an essay along the same lines.

You can check the Handmade Nation website to find screenings of the movie in your area, and get some background by checking out Faythe’s blog.

Here’s the trailer:

Acts of Creation

East Bay Life featured the San Francisco Chapter in their August 2007 issue, which closes with a quote from Tristy:

“We never really arrive at our spiritual destination,” says Taylor. “It’s a lifelong process. Making things is a physical symbol of this spiritual journey.”

you can read the article here: The Monthly – East Bay Life August 2007 : Acts of Creation The Church of Craft finds grace in handicrafts, knits and purls, pipe-cleaner sculptures and matchstick Ferris wheels