Spring 2017 Royal Bison Vendor Line-Up!

Hey hey everyone, we're back!  Back from our winter semi-hibernation and very excited about the line-up for the Spring 2017 Royal Bison, happening May 5-7!  Check out our main page for a complete list.

It's a terrific line-up, with a whole whack of new and exciting vendors, as well as some of your favourites from past events.  Keep an eye out here for profiles of our fantastic vendors!

Ryspot Design

Brand new vendor Ryspot Design will be at the Bison this weekend.  We are in love with all the concrete work we've got going on at the fair! Here's what founder Ryan Spotowski has to say about his work:  

Ryspot Design is based in Edmonton and manufactures unique concrete furniture and decor.  Drawing on a family history of concrete restoration and protect and providing high-quality goods, Ryspot focuses on creating cherishable goods that you will enjoy for years to come.

The concrete candle holder collection plays on the contrast of materials: raw concrete and polished metal.  The concrete is left rough and unsealed and will develop a patina over time.  The metal inserts are polished and cast a glowing light when illuminated by a candle.  The candle holders warm as the night goes on and radiate heat once extinguished.

Sounds fantastic, non?  Find Ryspot Design at the second weekend of the Bison, December 9-11.  Until then, follow along on the Instagram!



Arturo Denim Co.

The rumours are true: Edmonton has its own denim company and it's launching at the Royal Bison this weekend! Arturo Denim Co.  designs and manufactures in Canada and they’ve got a brand new retail store on 124st that also functions as a design studio and manufacturing facility. The brainchild of Janna Stewart of Cinder and Smoke and her partner James Stewart, theArturo crew source their denim from the finest quality mills in Japan and the United States, and manufacture in Alberta and Quebec. Western Canada has a proud history of denim manufacturing that they are so excited and honoured to continue with this new line. Every purchase of jeans comes with free hemming/alteration to ensure you walk out with your perfect fit.

Come find them this weekend and follow along on Instagram!

Kalika Bowlby Pottery

We here at Team Bison are absolutely delighted to have master potter Kalika Bowlby returning for the December 9-11 edition of the Royal Bison.  This ACAD trained, Golden, BC based maker is bringing a beautiful assortment of work to the fair.  Here's what she has to say:

I make objects to slow us down in a busy world. They are objects that invite us to set the table, take time to prepare and share a meal, objects to help us celebrate the simple moments of every day.

I am excited to be bringing two new collections to the Royal Bison this season.  The Nest collection and Golden collection are both new for 2016. 

The Nest collection is all about gentle forms for holding in the palm of your hand, speckled surfaces and soft colours. 

The Golden collection features delicate hand painted polka dots in black, cobalt blue, sky blue, turquoise and gold on classic forms. 

Fantastic.  Her work is incredible.  One of us may be drinking tea from one of her mugs as we type this sentence :)  You'll find Kalika at the December 9-11 edition of the Royal Bison.  Until then, follow along with the Instagram!


Please join us in welcoming Northlore back for another round of the Royal Bison.  Instead of rambling on ourselves, it's best to have Saskatchewan-based owner/maker Natassia Brazeau describe her work:

Northlore specializes in small batch, plant-based body care, made with plants that I grow and wildcraft from the forests and prairie grasslands near my home outside of Saskatoon. I use folk methods of extraction such as steam distilling plants in a copper still, and lunar infusing them into oils, to offer the optimum potency in skincare that the plants have to offer.

Northlores formulas are inspired by the wisdom inherent in folk recipes to access the natural, bioactive properties of local flowers, leaves, roots, clays, and salts to heal and nourish our bodies. Crafted in sync with the cycle of the seasons and imbued with the mystical energies of the moon, these earth-based products are meant to inspire rituals in self-care that honour our reciprocal relationship to the land.

Fantastic.  Seriously.  You'll find Northlore at the December 9-11 edition of the Royal Bison.  Until then, follow along on the Instagram!

Hand Wovens

Did you know that Edmonton photographer extraordinaire Jessica Fern Facette is also a tremendously talented weaver?  Multi-talented woman, indeed!  Here's what she has to say about her work:

Jessica Fern Facette has been weaving for over a decade, including study in Peru, the Master Weaver Program at Olds College and the Edmonton Weavers Guild.  Her work is a modern spin on traditional techniques and patterns.  Jessica will be bringing to the Bison wall hangings, cushions, and table runners.

Terrific.  You'll find Hand Wovens this weekend at the Royal Bison (Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4).  Until then, follow along on the Instagram!

EmmyLou Knits

Come to the Royal Bison for all of your cold-weather needs, right?  Right!  On that note, EmmyLou Knits is back for another round of the fair.  Here's what maker Emma Knight has to say about her work:

EmmyLou Knits is a one-woman line of handmade knits and fibre works. Founded in 2010, her line of cowls, scarves, and hats focus on a minimalist aesthetic. Each piece is hand knit using only natural fibres - wool, alpaca, mohair - no acrylics are found here!

EmmyLou Knits has recently expanded to include hand woven wall hangings and shibori fibre dying. A small collection of hand woven wall hangings, shibori dyed 100% cotton tote bags and habotai silk scarves will be available at Royal Bison this year.

Awesome!  You'll find EmmyLou Knits this weekend at the Royal Bison (Friday 9-5, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4).  Until then, follow along on the Instagram!  Hooray!


Clo's General Leather

Brand new Bison vendor Clo's General Leather will be making his debut these weekend, and we couldn't be more excited.  His story is a great one - here it is:

The craft of leather working started at an early age for me, working along side my mother & grandparents back home in Saskatchewan in their upholstery shop "Closen's Upholstery". The inspiration for this brand was motivated by the hard work and dedication that my elders instilled in me. Ive always been passionate about working with my hands and creating one of kind quality products.
Where creativity and functionality meet quality handmade leather goods. The Workshop is a place where ideas are turned into reality. Designed and developed through trial and error. Every piece is drawn by hand and constructed with a template, then precisely hand cut, stitched and assembled with locally sourced materials all under one roof.

Fantastic!  Find Clo's General Leather this weekend (Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4) at the Bison.  Until then, follow along on the Instagram.

Forge & Fell

New vendor alert!  Joining us for the second weekend of Royal Bison fun are Edmonton woodworkers Forge & Fell.  We're really excited about these folks - here's their story:

Forge & Fell began as most of our favourite stories do—around the dinner table at the family acreage on a Sunday afternoon with good food, a bottle of wine, and laughter. A passion project of building beautiful products just for fun turned into the seed of a business idea that planted strong roots and grew organically from there.
We draw inspiration from our heritage, with a line of makers and artisans before us that have taught us the beauty of creating with our hands, with joy and dedication. We craft modern furniture pieces and products that we are proud to have in our homes. We want our products to pass down from one generation to the next, creating memories and holding stories. We are true to the craft.
At Forge & Fell, you'll find a curated collection of custom designed home goods and furniture, perfect for any home style. Enjoy our mid-century-modern inspired cutting boards and coasters, perfect for food prep or entertaining. Give your living room the finishing rustic industrial touch with a live edge wood slab coffee table made with cypress cedar fresh from the coasts of British Columbia. No matter your style, we can craft a product to match. Bring home a modern heirloom today!

Terrific.  Check them out this weekend (Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4) at the Royal Bison.  Until then, follow along on their Instagram.