Faythe Levine

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Faythe Levine (Born 1977, Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a photographer, businesswoman, and prominent figure in the D.I.Y. Ethic indie craft movement. She grew up in Seattle and currently splits her time while not traveling between Birmingham, Alabama and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In 2002 she co-owned Flying Fish Gallery with artist, filmmaker, and musician Brent Goodsell. Flying Fish closed in 2003. From 2003 through 2009 Levine designed, made and sold a small line of handmade goods under the moniker Flying Fish Design. In 2004 she founded a popular Midwest craft fair called Art vs. Craft. This led to her producing and directing a documentary called Handmade Nation: The Rise of D.I.Y. Art, Craft, and Design, independently released in 2009. A companion book with the same title was released in 2008 published by Princeton Architectural Press. In 2005, she opened Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with business partner Kimberly Kisiolek. Paper Boat closed in 2009. She played the musical saw for the band Wooden Robot from 2002-2006. Wooden Robot is the soundtrack music on Handmade Nation. In 2013 Levine and her codirector/author Sam Macon began production on her second documentary Sign Painters about the trade and tradition of traditional hand painted lettering in America, released in 2013. A companion book under the same title was released in October 2012 published by Princeton Architectural Press. From 2010-2013 Levine was the independent curator at Sky High Gallery in Milwaukee, WI.

Her father, Rick Merlin Levine, is an astrologer and author whose horoscopes are syndicated through Tarot.com. He is also published by Barnes and Noble. Her mother, Suzanne Wechsler, is an organic farmer and artisan cheese maker in Washington State. Her farm is called Samish Bay Cheese.


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