|Rutherford County, NC – October 30, 2019 – As people become increasingly dependent on technology as their source for nearly everything, from news and communication to even grocery shopping and doctor’s appointments, the artisans of the Rutherford County Farmers Market explain why learning the art of anything handmade is both important and rewarding for a culture forgetting how to create something from scratch.
In addition to the diverse assortment of meats and produce available on Saturdays at the Rutherfordton County Farmers Market, the artisans of Rutherford County showcase their talents through the handiwork on display. Homemade soaps, knitted goods, jewelry, arts and crafts, and more tell the story of the time, craftsmanship and skill behind each artist.
Tina Phelps of Good Enough Place specializes in watercolor, and pen and ink artwork. She emphasizes why learning trade crafts is important and beneficial for people in a technology-rich world.
“Art is important because it allows us to access our emotions,” explains Phelps. “In an increasingly technology-dominated world, we also become more isolated both from other peoples’ emotions and our own. Dance, music, sculpture, poetry, painting and other fine arts open up our capacity to feel.”
While the interest in trades seems to have dropped significantly, Danielle Jones of Jones Family Farm, whose family produces a wide selection of farm goods, arts and crafts, is starting to notice a positive change in the trend.
“Thankfully, in recent years, many young people have started showing an interest in getting back to the roots of handcrafted goods. Our trades were at risk of being totally steamrolled by technology and we find it so important and therapeutic to get our hands dirty, use our creativity, and really get back to what’s real, what’s unique, and what cannot be made by a machine.”