A new artisan shop at Spinnaker’s Landing in Summerside features work by local creatives
The New Creative
by Cassandra Bernard
Jen Croken and Jane Gallant have always been very creative, each with their own visionary outlets. Both members of the Etsy community, the two friends realized they shared the same dream of one day opening a little artisan shop by the water. The more they talked about it, the more they knew it could be a reality.
With incredible support and positive vibes from the community, Current Collective Artisan Shop opened June 2nd, 2018, at Spinnaker’s Landing in Summerside. “People are excited about local products, small business and supporting local,” says Gallant. The shop is located in a lighthouse on the landing, with a fantastic lookout view from the top of the building. “Being in the lighthouse at Spinnaker’s Landing has an added advantage as the lookout hadn’t been in use for the last several years,” Croken reveals.
The name of the shop reflects life on the Island. Anyone who lives on PEI knows our beaches have strong currents, and Croken and Gallant liked the thought of letting the current guide you. “The collective part is exactly what we are: a collection of products from artisans that we admire,” Gallant explains.
The ladies have combined their two styles to craft a bright, fresh, and airy shop by the water, making both of their dreams come to life. They are proud to be a part of such an amazing creative community in the province. “My art style is simple, minimal and allows the sea glass to take centre stage. I’ve been part of the Etsy markets for the past year, which has been such a wonderful experience - it’s the most supportive group of people that I have ever met,” says Croken. Gallant says fibre art has become a part of her life, “When the majority of my home renovation were finished, I was searching for a creative outlet and discovered weaving,” she says. “Recently, I’ve been having fun with macrame as well.”
The ladies carefully curated their tiny shop by the store, filling it with a wide selection of products from local artisans, mostly being made right here on the Island, including their own seagglass art created by Croken, and hand-woven wall hangings and other pieces created by Gallant. “We have products from about 50 different artisans and they include prints, cards, t-shirts, pottery, children’s clothes and other home decor items,” says Croken. Gallant says you will find something new each time you walk through the shop. “We are so proud of the inventory that we’ve accumulated and are constantly searching for new products that fit our vibe.”