It seems the local DIY culture is starting to get noticed by the big leagues for its capital power. NYC TV gets next to Etsy in a new series profiling artisans called Handmade Portraits, on Mondays at 8:30pm on NYC life (Channel 25). From the release:
Among the artists to be featured are Brooklyn-based illustrator Sophie Blackall, whose work can currently be seen in subway cars; Kiva Ford, one of the last working scientific glass blowers in the world; the soap-making Brown Rice Family; green designer Katherine Rasmussen of Reiter8, who turns old sailboat sails into pillows, bags and other home accessories; and many others. Viewers will also learn how to make a cocktail umbrella lantern, a light bulb terrarium and mustard.
The clip we have for you below is a profile of Sophie Blackall, whose illustrated portraits of subway riders now grace many of the cars we ride. Her portraits are derived from actual subway doodles as she commutes around the city. She is also the author of a great book called Missed Connections, which illustrates everyone's favorite craigslist guilty pleasure read.
The series will also feature a another show called Process, offering a glimpse into the relationship between artists and the materials they use; and How-to, introducing viewers to clever, easy-to-follow projects. My mom is already on board.