This paper will look at crafts and try to understand their relevance in today's modern high tech culture. This will be done by looking at the link between crafts and social movements both in the past and in the present. This examination will help prove that the genuine feel and aesthetic of handmade is important in the art and goods that surrounds us every day, like illustration. The feel of handmade becomes especially important when connected with viewers living in uncertain times like those created by the recent recession and the fast paced development of ever newer digital technology that has the looming potential to dehumanize everything from jobs, to art, to socializing. This paper will start by reviewing the history of craft and social movements in order to gain a better understanding of current trends. The paper will then look at what is happening in the digital age in relation to previous social movements and will try to show how technology can be used productively in the attainment, distribution, and continuing of handmade works and craft traditions.