Everything old is new again
Artisans featured in weekend sale
Jenna Kroon is no stranger to what she calls "thrifting around." And the fruits of her labour and those of about 30 other artists will be on display and for sale this weekend in Hudson.
When meeting Kroon, 23, one has the sense of speaking with someone from another era. Certainly not a member of the consumer-driven 20-something crowd, of which she's a member if by age only.
The young Saint-Lazarewoman, who graduated three yearsagofromDawsonCollege with a degree in illustration and design, has since startedherownbusiness, KroonDesigns.
Among other things, Kroon has handproduced an entire line of vintage inspired clothing, jewellery, handbags, scarves, furniture, collectibles and more.
Her eye-catching wares drew a lot of attention during the Hudson Music Festival and Street Fair.
One customer raved about a colourful purse/make-up bag. "What a conversation starter," she said. The unique item had been hand woven from between 20 to 30 recycled, snacksized potato chip bags.
When asked why she'd been inspired by what most would consider garbage, Kroon replied: "I heard (potato chip bags) stay in a landfill forever so I thought, why not make something out of them."
And though it takes her "countless" hours to weave the bags - once all or thoroughly washed and dried - and add a zipper, the end results are worth the effort.
A collection of wearable lapel pins Kroon calls "little time capsules" also seemed to stop many in their tracks. To create the line, Kroon painstakingly flipped through old magazines looking for images from days gone by: vintage Coca-Cola labels, an old Barbie logo, Marilyn Monroe, and more.
The clipped images were laminated onto metal pop bottle caps, affixed with closable pins and preserved with a resin coating.
Kroon says she never gets tired of remaking everyday objects into something entirely new.
For example, she takes vintage suitcases, reupholsters them and makes them into ottomans.
"That way you can put your feet up and store your things, too," she said.
Or she takes used garments and "restructures" everything from sweaters to hats, mittens, skirts and dresses.
"All of my work involves reclaiming some kind of vintage element to give it a new life."
Kroon began her crafting career when her mother and grandmother taught her to sew as a young girl.
"I love to re-use things... to me arts and crafts don't have to always come from something new."
Kroon and 30 other artisans will display their crafts this weekend during the Fifth Annual Christmas Artisan Sale, taking place November 13 & 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Whitlock Golf & Country Club, 128, côte Saint-Charles in Hudson.
Organizers promise an eclectic variety of styles of original, handcrafted art. For information, call 450 424-2099 or email email@example.com.
Saint-Lazare artisan Jenna Kroon with a hand-made potato chip bag purse.