If you're looking for that truly unique gift or souvenir, then a stop at the small artist's studio at Wildabout Wampum is a must. Owned and operated by Acadian artisan Marcia Poirier and husband Dave Francis, this gem of a workshop and boutique will amaze and inspire you.
Through infinite patience and attention to detail, they transform the unremarkable shell of the Quahog clam into miniature works of wearable art. Wampum is an aboriginal term, originally referring to tubular beads carved from the rock-hard shell of the Quahog, centuries ago.
These were used as ceremonial symbols and later for trade, as a type of currency. Marcia's wampum jewellery has attracted attention and garnered awards in both Canada and the United States. Each piece is a uniquely handcrafted work of art - and a beautiful reminder of the clam shells found along the entirety of the Atlantic coast.
In addition to scouring the boutique for that perfect piece for a gift or for yourself, you can watch the creative process unfold and speak with the artist about how she came to discover an art form which dates back 1,000 years or more.
Named as one of the top 7 reasons to visit New Brunswick, by Fabulous Magazine in London, England (Aug. 9, 2015).