by Jana Riley
In every culture, there are the artisans, the crafters, the do-it-yourselfers, the ones who find inspiration in every aspect of their world. When their creativity is sparked, they learn, build, make, and create, adding tangible, visually appealing value to the environment around them and beyond. Without them, the world would be inundated with mass-produced, mainstream junk. With them, the goods traded around the planet contain flashes of color, of magic, of wonder, of thoughtfulness, and of love. Luckily for Augusta’s River Region, the area is a hotbed for creative minds. Graciously supported by their community, the makers of the region carve their place into society, stir up kindness, and weave the fabrics of their unique Southern culture. Here, we look into the worlds of a handful of these skilled artisans.