Los Angeles, CA – CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award winning series exploring America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade object, begins Season 6 with INDUSTRY, premiering on PBS primetime, May 2, 2014 at 10 PM*.
CRAFT IN AMERICA: INDUSTRY explores the business of the handmade, taking us to workshops where artists are crafting the future and making contributions to the local and national economies. INDUSTRY highlights the important connection between the consumer and the maker and explores the value of exquisitely crafted handmade objects in today’s creative economy.
In Gee’s Bend, Alabama, quilting has brought economic success to women whose remarkable quilts have astonished the world. San Francisco quilter Joe Cunningham visits Lucy Mingo and Mary Ann Pettway in Gee’s Bend, where quilters learned their skills from generations of women who passed down their expertise, never dreaming that what they were creating would one day be considered art. World-wide attention guarantees a stable income for these pioneers of the creative economy.
At Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Graham McKay makes dories in the 220-year tradition of Lowell’s craftsmanship and directs a living museum that features the craft of boat building and its pivotal role in the economy and history of New England. He opens the doors of the shop to local high school students, continuing the tradition by bringing them into the building process.
At Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, North Carolina, American textile manufacturing is thriving once again. Deep in an area of the South, once the heart of textile manufacturing, artist Bethanne Knudson is proving, through creativity, expertise and sheer determination, that an industry can revive itself. Knudson is one of the many Western North Carolina artists who have revived the economy of Asheville through their creative endeavors and made it an arts destination.
In Brooklyn, New York, capital of the handmade, artist Shane Yamane combines traditional techniques with modern technology to market his precious jewelry on his website and through Etsy, the extraordinarily successful online craft marketplace that yields an astounding $895 million in annual sales for 850,000 artists worldwide.
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Executive Producer & Director CAROL SAUVION
Producers PATRICIA BISCHETTI & ROSEY GUTHRIE
Editor BETH SPIEGEL, A. C. E.
Director of Photography SIDNEY LUBITSCH
Music by LAURA KARPMAN
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Craft is once again proving its relevance as people return to the handmade, and Craft in America is helping this rebirth through its television series, in depth websites and Craft in America YouTube Channel.
Ancillary projects include hours of online videos and interactive learning materials, museum exhibitions, the Random House book Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects, and the free-to-the-public Craft in America Center located in Los Angeles, offering artist talks, exhibitions, workshops and a library of publications on the history and techniques of craft.
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Please contact for art and interviews:
Carol Sauvion, Executive Producer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beverly Feldman, Press: email@example.com
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