New vendor alert! Caitlin Bodewitz of CMB Print Works is a mixed-media print maker who depicts images of Canadian wildlife and landscapes with the intent to explore human relationship with nature while addressing urban influences, conservation, and endangered species. All of her themes, materials, and processes reflect a conscious effort to be as environmentally mindful as possible. Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow her on Instagram (@cmbprintworks), and read on to discover what inspires her!
Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
CMB Print Works: Creating allows for me to have an opportunity to have critical conversations around things that are incredibly important to me in a visually beautiful and inviting way.
RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
CMB: I’m expanding on my series depicting endangered species, including both native flora and fauna, and also creating more pieces with my reclaimed-wood mosaics!
RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
CMB: I think my unconditional integrity imbedded in each individual piece done by hand. Also my mindfulness throughout my process to create these beautiful pieces. My art celebrates our beautiful world, but in addition to the message I also do my best to walk the walk…reducing material waste, using biodegradable tape, water-based inks, and using reclaimed materials.
RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
CMB: Its so welcoming, supportive, and inspiring!
RMB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
CMB: SEED: A Calgary-based sustainable clothing company changing the game one hemp pair of pants at a time! Wicked people, beautiful garments, and an invaluable commitment to changing the textile industry to better the planet! Van Charles Art: Curtis is a Calgary-based artist and great friend, who is inspired by a lot of the same things as I am….Mountains! His contemporary take on the the natural world will be sure to please your eyes and spirit as well!
RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
CMB: I’m from a mountain in northern BC and our (very small) community has the greatest tradition where we have a real-life Santa, Mrs.Claus, and elves visit every house on Christmas Eve! Sometimes they ski, sometimes they do shots, sometimes we get toothbrushes, and we always love the magic and joy of it all!