This area of New Brunswick is home to a sizable Acadian population. Despite the expulsion of the Acadians to Louisiana in the late 1700`s, where they became the Cajun culture, the Acadian culture flourishes here today. In 2009, Moncton will the see the World Acadian Congress arrive on their doorstep. There is also a replica Acadian village where you can see an interpretation of Acadian life in the days of yore.
Carol of String Me Along Jewelry Boutique recently found herself transplanted from the busy city of Toronto to the calmer and smaller city of Moncton. When she moved, she also moved her small business. Carol makes beautiful beaded jewelry using a wide mix of materials: glass and crystals; stones and pearls; different metals; handmade lampwork, and lucite beads.
She is often finds inspiration in her surroundings, whether at home or in her travels. A recent trip to Paris a little over a year ago yielded this series, which was inspired by cobblestone streets:
The process of moving from a larger center to a smaller one has definitely made an impact on her work. Carol comments that, "while I was there [in Toronto], I found my pieces were larger and bolder; since I have moved to a smaller, gentler area I find that I have channeled this and my work has become calmer , daintier, [and] more feminine in response."
It won't be long before local materials and textures start making an appearance in her work as she has been collecting a stash of beach glass, pebbles and shell remnants to use in her creations.
Carol has found that in the Moncton area, handmade does have a fairly significant following. She checked out two large craft shows as a shopper, and comments that both were very well attended. She did a small show at Christmas and was well received. There are also a number of gift stores and craft stores that focus on local talent.
Carol's beautiful worked can be purchased online at String Me Along Jewelry Boutique.