Eve­ry­thing old is new again

Ar­ti­sans fea­tu­red in wee­kend sale

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

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.

Nos­tal­gia ins­pi­red

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 nhag­berg@live.ca.

Saint-La­zare ar­ti­san Jen­na Kroon with a hand-made po­ta­to chip bag purse.

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