A prince in Carhartts: Yukon artists find creative ways to mark royal visit
'It isn't every day that royalty comes to your town,' said artist Monika Melnychuk
At The Collective Good, a store in downtown Whitehorse, co-owner Jen Williams hopes to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge out her store window, when the royal couple walks along Front Street next Wednesday.
"Well, we had no idea that we were going to be so well-positioned," she said.
"But when it seemed for sure that they were coming, my first thought was, 'we've got to commemorate this with something.'"
She commissioned Yukon Artist Monika Melnychuk to create an illustration that's now become a limited-edition tea towel.
"I didn't know so many people follow the royals," said Melnychuk. "There do seem to be a lot of people excited about it," she said.
Her depiction of Will and Kate features some local fashion.
"William is wearing the classic Yukon Carhartts [pants] and a pair of Alaska boots, and Kate has some Canadian buffalo check," she said.
The tea towels aren't sold out yet, but they are selling. According to Williams, some happy customers have snapped them up to send to friends and family in the U.K.
Meanwhile, local artist Lara Melnik is also getting in on the royal excitement. She works with polymer clay and she's created Union Jack-themed jewelry. It's for sale in advance of the visit, and will also be available at the downtown street fair during Wednesday's visit.
"It isn't every day that royalty comes to your town," she said.
Melnik knows not everyone is a fan of royalty, but she thinks Yukoners are excited about Will and Kate's visit.
"I've heard a few people telling me about when the Queen came [in 1959] and how they were just thrilled and their mothers took them down there to see her," she said.
"Yeah, that's pretty cool."