On Sunday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m., artist and director Faythe Levine will screen her recent documentary “Handmade Nation” at WaterFall Arts Belfast, 256 High St. After the screening, there will be a lively discussion with Levine about the Do-It-Yourself craft and design movement, marketing and sustainability.

“Handmade Nation” documents the new wave of indie craft that is capturing the attention of the nation, and the Milwaukee-based Levine has been described by the New York Times as the Ambassador of Handmade.

The film follows on the heels of the book “Handmade Nation: The Rise of D.I.Y., Art, Craft, and Design,” written by Levine and Cortney Heimerl and published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2008.

Today’s crafters are no longer interested in simply cross-stitching samplers or painting floral scrolls on china. Instead, the contemporary craft movement embraces emerging artists, crafters and designers working in traditional and nontraditional media. Jenny Hart’s book “Sublime Stitching” has revolutionized the embroidery industry. Each year, Nikki McClure sells thousands of her cut-paper wall calendars. Emily Kircher recycles vintage materials into purses. Stephanie Syjuco manufactures clothing under the tag line “Because Sweatshops Suck.” These are just some of the fascinating makers united in the new wave of craft capturing the attention of the nation, the Handmade Nation.

Levine traveled 19,000 miles to document what has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture and the DIY ethos. For the “Handmade Nation” book and film, she and Heimerl selected 24 makers and five essayists who work within different media and have different methodologies to provide a microcosm of the crafting community. Participants in this community share ideas and encouragement through Web sites, blogs, boutiques, galleries and craft fairs. Together, they have forged a new economy and lifestyle based on creativity, determination and networking. “Handmade Nation” offers a fascinating immersion for those who are a part of the emerging movement or just interested in sampling its wares.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.