Thursday, July 31, 2008

Art Opening with Wooden Robot

Please join us for our last show with Eilis the accordion player for a long while (she will return!), we would like to send her off with love......

We are playing at Paper Boat Gallery (in Bay View) with Crude Hill from Providence, RI who also happens to be the artists who's work is at the opening..... SHOW STARTS EARLY AT 8:30

* This is a free show but we are passing the hat for gas money for the Providence peeps.

Gallery Opening August 1st: LIVE MUSIC

August 1st Gallery Opening

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sunday = Studio Clean Up Day!

Sunday = Studio Clean Up Day!
Originally uploaded by faythelevine

This is post clean up in the studio getting ready for August, recovering from June & July. It is so nice to have a day to sift through piles. I only got through the first layer, but feeling much more sane because of it.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

My quote in American Craft magazine: August/September issue

My quote in American Craft magazine: August/September issue
Originally uploaded by faythelevine

I have to be honest and say flat out that I am very proud of this quote in the most recent issue of American Craft Magazine:

“I believe the simple act of making something, anything, with your hands is a quiet political ripple in a world dominated by mass production... and people choosing to make something themselves will turn those small ripples into giant waves.’’–Faythe Levine

Read the article here:

Harry Levine

Holding a photo of my great grandfather Harry Levine

One of the things I got to do this summer while traveling around doing promo for Handmade Nation was visit the Brooklyn Museum while I was in NY. I've been meaning to go there for years to check out the work by my great grandfather Harry Levine (pictured above, his work below). I never met my great grandpa Harry, just heard stories and seen many different pieces of his artwork including prints, sculptures, and the violin (not just any violin but one with vines, animals and the head of a ram as the ornate scroll) I wasn't allowed to touch as a kid, that Harry hand-carved. The violin was even accompanied by the frail tattered Yiddish newspaper article about it from the 1940's.

Levine_Negro Head_front view
info on "Negro Head"

Family rumor has it that Harry kept a float during the depression doing furniture commissions for the well to do folks- there is also tales of a large scale totem pole that he sculpted and installed on some river upstate NY. My family searched for it at one point but no one ever found it, or traces of it for that matter.

When my grandpa David Levine passed away I got my hands of all of Harry's negatives from his studio work. Since I was a total photo nerd in high school I reprinted contact prints of all of them (including the photo of him I am holding). There was one half exposed negative of a totem pole peaking out of a bunch of trees- nothing descriptive enough to make a location come clear and even more mysterious since the entire bottom half of the negative is solid black.

Levine_Head of a Girl
info on "Head of a Girl"

Family. x

Monday, July 21, 2008

Recombobulation Area

Recombobulation Area
Originally uploaded by faythelevine

After much discussion during our trip to Los Angeles about this photo I took at 6 am on Thursday and a conversation I had with the security guard who said it was a joke, i googled "recombobulation"

Our trip beings:

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Monica Canilao

Monica Canilao Head Dress #2
Originally uploaded by faythelevine

During my trip to San Francisco this week I got a chance to go to Monica Canilao's studio in Oakland. I've worked with Monica at Paper Boat in the past and am a huge fan of her artwork. Her recent body of work for a show coming up this summer at Space 1026 in Philly includes all of these amazing headdresses that I got to photograph on her.

The photo set is here and I suggest checking them out. Fox heads, lace, tule, buttons, quills...............

Monday, July 7, 2008


Originally uploaded by faythelevine

Thurman (9 year old son of Micaela) had his second art opening ever on July 5th. The first one was when he was 4.

He made over $80 in sales at his show.

You should check out his work:

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Today at band practice.....

Video on phone, emailed to self and posted.

This is what band practice is like when your drummer is in Russia