May 02, 2014
Season 6 Episode 1
From PBS - Craft in America, the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy nominated series, is an inspirational journey to the artists, objects, techniques and origins of American craft. 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. San Francisco quilter Joe Cunningham visits Lucy Mingo and Mary Ann Pettway in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where quilting has brought economic success thanks in part to generations of women who have passed down their expertise. At Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Graham McKay makes dories in a 220-year tradition, and directs a living museum that features the craft of boat building and its pivotal role in the economy and history of New England. The economy of Asheville, North Carolina has been made into an arts destination, thanks to the creativity, expertise and sheer determination of artists like Bethanne Knudson. Visit The Oriole Mill, where American textile manufacturing is thriving once again. In Brooklyn, New York, artist Shane Yamane combines traditional techniques with modern technology to market his fine jewelry on his website and through Etsy, the online craft marketplace that yields an astounding $1.35 billion in annual sales for 1 million artists worldwide.