Monday, July 7, 2008

Craftadelphia! THIS SATURDAY!

This month's Craftadelphia will be featuring art, handmade crafts and live music by Nicole Erin Carey.
Event takes place THIS SATURDAY, July 12th at mew gallery: 906 christian street from 11am to 4pm. Now's your chance to buy handmade items directly from the artists. This month's vendors will be selling independently designed and produced purses, hats, jewelry, greeting cards, etc.




So, what's so great about buying handmade? According to the lovely folks over at buyhandmade.org, here are three reasons you can be proud to join the handmade movement...

1/ Buying Handmade makes for better gift-giving.

The giver of a handmade gift has avoided the parking lots and long lines of the big chain stores in favor of something more meaningful. If the giver has purchased the gift, s/he feels the satisfaction of supporting an artist or crafter directly. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind, and made with care and attention that can
be seen and touched. It is the result of skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing.

2/ Buying handmade is better for people.

The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. We are encouraged to be consumers, not producers, of our own culture. Our ties to the local and human sources of our goods have been lost. Buying handmade helps us reconnect.

3/ Buying handmade is better for the environment.

The accumulating environmental effects of mass production are a major cause of global warming and the poisoning of our air, water and soil. Every item you make or purchase from a small-scale independent artist or crafter strikes a small blow to the forces of mass production.

3 comments:

Shannon said...

Hello!! I recently discovered Etsy... I guess about a month ago and I always browse The Shop Local and then write up about what I think is just painfully unique and beaut... SO I'm really glad to see this group exists!

I'm also delighted to hear about Craftadelphia! I'm really going to try to make it tomorrow! Best of luck getting everything set up :)

http://phreaked.wordpress.com/2008/07/09/just-too-dishy-dahhhhhhrlin/

http://phreaked.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/summer-looove-etsy-means-easy-adornment/

rutherford said...

shannon -

i'm glad you found us! thanks for writing about etsy - stop by the show tomorrow if you can, and don't forget to say hi.

ruth

mwmdesigns said...

The people who supplied the reasons for buying handmade forgot the most important thing--the sheer pleasure of owning a unique piece of art, holding it in one's hand, and using it with the knowledge that the hands of the maker are joined with yours.