Faythe Levine

Visual Artist

1977 –


Who is Faythe Levine?

Faythe Levine is a photographer, businesswoman, and prominent figure in the D.I.Y. Ethic indie craft movement. She grew up in Seattle and currently lives in Milwaukee.

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 2010 Levine began production on her second documentary about the trade of sign painting in America with codirector Sam Macon. A book under the same title will be released in October 2012 published by Princeton Architectural Press and the film will be released in early 2013. Levine currently curates Sky High Gallery in Milwaukee, WI.

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on July 23, 2013


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