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handmade nation

handmade nation

listen up vancouverites:  handmade nation is coming to town! check out the western canada premier of this fantastic, and often sold out film thursday july 9th @ the rio on broadway. seriously peeps, this is an event not to be missed.  a craftivist convergence.

the doc tells the stories of a whole bunch of cool cats, including houston’s clandestine crew, knitta.  heart. them.

assuming my words may not be enough for you, check out this plug:

“Tagged as the ‘Ambassador of Handmade,’  Faythe Levine has traveled 19,000 miles to document what has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) ethos.” –Raincoast Books.

get your tix now.  did i mention the 14-artist craft showcase?  and if you bring your own DIY treasure photobooth will snap your pic and post it on flickr. i mean really.  so good.

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hampster wheel

yesterday was election day in my fine province.  i had no real hopes that things were going to change radically. this is rather ironic considering an essential part of my job was to attempt to influence the outcome.  the depth of our 2-party partisan wedge First Past The Post system makes it almost impossible to imagine anything other than a hamster wheel configuration.

the thing is – we are the ones to blame.  the cogs, the people, the complacent, lethargic citizens who fear change and love to be spoon fed our opinions and beliefs, hold the critical analysis and self reflection please.  i know i sound bitter, but i guess i really am.

i woke up this morning to a world that is essentially the same as the day before.  only 48% of eligible voters even bothered to cast ballots. so much $ and time and energy put into a process that may see a turn over in faces, but politically it is the same moonscape as far as the eye can see.  and the future?  it ain’t so bright, friends.  not for healthcare, not for housing or the homeless, not for education or childcare – and certainly not for folks who are living in poverty and had hoped they may one day be paid a living wage to do the work we all take for granted each and every day.

being engaged in the political has for a long time been part of my own creative outlet.  It is something i will likely never stop doing.  but i got to say, not sure i am down with propping up the status quo one more second.  blech.  moments like these make me desperately want to exit stage left.  to quote the brilliance of metric, “burn out stars, they shine so bright.”

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