Crafty cre­ation

New ven­ture, the Mo­bile Mak­ery, hits the road Nov. 23

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY - BY ALI­SON JENKINS

Jen Cro­ken says it’s like find­ing trea­sure when she spots sea­glass on the beach.

“I’ve never been able to med­i­tate, but I’m able to do that when I’m look­ing for sea­glass be­cause that’s all I’m fo­cused on.”

She walks her dog on the beach when­ever she can, in­dulging her pas­sion for glass at the same time. She has some pieces from the 1800s rum-run­ners and some pot­tery, too.

“You learn about the his­tory and the ori­gins, there are a lot of lev­els to it I guess, to rea­sons why I love it.”

She’ll have some of her favourite finds at the first Mo­bile Mak­ery work­shop at the P.E.I. Brew­ing Com­pany on Nov. 23, but just to show.

She’ll re­ally be there to help oth­ers make their own art.

“I just love see­ing the ideas peo­ple come up with.”

The Mo­bile Mak­ery work­shops are the brain­child of Em­i­lie Boucher and Amy Sey­mour. It’s a new way for lo­cal ar­ti­sans to share their tal­ents.

“It came to us like magic,” said Boucher.

She and Sey­mour will or­ga­nize the venue, sup­plies, set up and clean up, while the ar­ti­san guides folks through a pro­ject.

It’s a re­laxed and so­cial at­mos­phere to try a new craft. All of the work­shops are be­gin­ner friendly and all sup­plies are pro­vided.

“You just show up, you have no prior ex­pe­ri­ence needed and you just come and you make some cool things,” said Boucher. “And just re­lax.”

Wreath-mak­ing and wa­ter­colour Christ­mas cards, as well as Cro­ken’s sea­glass, are the three sched­uled events be­fore Christ­mas – all hosted by the artists.

“I love to lead work­shops and I love to plan events and stuff like that.” Boucher said.

Boucher and Sey­mour put the call out to the ar­ti­san com­mu­nity, and the re­sponse was fast.

“The flood­gates just opened,” said Boucher, adding she and Sey­mour were re­spond­ing to mes­sages all day.

One of those who re­sponded is Deb­bie Misener, a wa­ter­colour painter, who’s lead­ing a Christ­mas card work­shop on Dec. 3.

“Peo­ple on the Is­land are so tal­ented, and they like to get out and learn new things.”

She’ll demo the paint­ing and walk the group through the steps to mak­ing their own.

“(You) can’t help but have fun when you’re paint­ing with wa­ter­colours, you never know what’s go­ing to turn out, you just have to go with it,” laughs Misener.

She’s keep­ing the de­signs sim­ple, noth­ing too in­tim­i­dat­ing.

Cro­ken of­ten hears that peo­ple have sea­glass at home but feel they could never make art like hers.

“But, they ab­so­lutely can,” she says.

There will be glass avail­able, but Cro­ken en­cour­ages folks to take their own sea glass with them if they want to in­clude it in a piece of art.

“I per­son­ally be­lieve that peo­ple are ca­pa­ble of a lot more than they re­al­ize. Some­times they just need some­one to guide them a lit­tle bit, but they’ll have a skill set they didn’t know that they had.”

Cro­ken thinks Boucher and Sey­mour will be great hosts.

“They’re very friendly and they’re very ap­proach­able, I think it’s fan­tas­tic.”

Deb­bie Misener will be lead­ing a work­shop on cre­at­ing wa­ter­colour hol­i­day cards like the ones shown here on Dec. 3 for the Mo­bile Mak­ery. The work­shops are the brain­child of Em­i­lie Boucher and Amy Sey­mour.

Amy Sey­mour

Em­i­lie Boucher

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