Good Films to Inspire Your Making

25 Feb 2014

New Project: Hexie Time Scrappy Hexie Time

Stitch Test Muslin #2

In the grand scheme of where blogging's been headed lately, I'm not sure the old-school "Sorry I Haven't Blogged Lately" post is relevant anymore. But I do feel pretty uninteresting in this space right now, and apologetic about it. Behind the scenes, I'm working top speed on a lot of things I can't talk about yet. And I have stuff in progress for #sewjapanese and the upcoming PC Blog Hop. Lots happening, nothing bloggy to show for it.

…So how about I share with you a few wonderful things I've been watching as I work on all this stuff? Then you can watch 'em while you make things.

Ed Hardy: Tattoo The World

Now, if you aren't a tattoo person, don't overlook this gem of a documentary. It's really a portrait of what it means to devote yourself completely to your art, and to stay humble, curious, and always in pursuit of learning and meaning through making. Makes you re-devote yourself to your own creative expressions.

Available on Netflix and Hulu

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

I knew nothing about Diana Vreeland going into this film; now she's my fabulous fairy godmother. A woman who took in the whole world and saw beauty everywhere. She was hilarious and flamboyant, and dared you to be the same. And the stills from her days editing Harper's Bazaar are a visual feast. Sim-ply Maaaaaah-velous, Dahling.

Netflix and iTunes, Dahling

The Endless Summer

It doesn't matter if you aren't a surfer. I watch this 1964 documentary about this time every winter, when Christmas is long since past and I'm so very ready for some warm weather. Bruce Brown made this film in a very funny, loose style. It's not a primer on surfing; it's a celebration of doing something you dearly love. And it's like hanging out on the beach for two hours.


Enjoy, and I'll see you in a couple days with a review of an awesome new book!


I never thought I'd live to see the day where "Ed Hardy" and "humble" are used in the same sentence. I know nothing about the man but the bros I've seen wearing Ed Hardy shirts aren't ones that I would consider to be humble. ;)

I loved watching "Jiro Dreams of Sushi". It's a great film about perfecting your craft and working at it every day. I also really loved "Beauty is Embarrassing" but I knew I would because of the "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" connection.

It's weird - they don't get into the Ed Hardy merchandising juggernaut until way late in the film, and it surprised me (shows you how little attention I pay to mainstream culture). But in a way, the merch has nothing to do with the man as an artist.

Man, I loved Beauty Is Embarrassing. Just re-watched recently. Wayne White is a dang genius.

Thanks for sharing the list - it looks great and I just added all three to my queue. I watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi after you had it on your last list like this and I loved it!

Glad you liked that one, Wendi! I always love a good documentary about creating and craftsmanship.