Take Your Home Fram Drab To Fab With Cool Factory!

Genevieve Ongaro, of creative brand Cool Factory, has this to say of her project: "I make metallic animal magnets; they are plastic toy animals that I cut in half, spray paint, and glue on magnets. They are quirky and fun, come in gold, silver, and copper, and small and large sizes. I love that the metallic spray paint accentuates the detail of the toys, and allows them to transcend their original purpose; they instantly become classy yet still fun and versatile!" Genevieve first started making in 2014 and first joined us at Bison in 2015. Cool Factory will be selling her goods with us again for the December weekend of our fair and we couldn't be more excited!! You can follow along Genevieve's progress with Cool Factory on instagram (@genevieveongaro) and read on down below to see what inspires her to create!

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
CF: For me, this means being able to experiment and collaborate, while also having various outlets to showcase and share my work! Edmonton is a very quirky and accepting community which makes it easy to put yourself out there and fearlessly try new things.

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Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
CF: Nature and the outdoors are huge for me, as are all things cute and tiny. I love tiny things. Current human influences would be graphic designer/letterer Corina Nika (of the Cocorrina blog) and teeny tiny ceramicist Danielle Pedersen.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
CF: Probably my Sylvia Soo card holder…it’s my fave and I carry it around with me every day.

Cool Factory will be joining us for the December weekend of our fair and you can check out the full collection of Genevieve's work by heading on over to www.genevieveongaro.com

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Cool Factory big-boss, Genevieve Ongaro

Cool Factory big-boss, Genevieve Ongaro

Woodwork With A Skate Influence = AdrianMartinus Custom Woodworking

Adrian Martinus Custom Woodworking is the Calgary, Alberta based studio/workshop of brothers Adrian and Martinus Pool. Working primarily with rescued and reclaimed wood, the duo creates unique furniture designs, interior installations, and creative objects. Their work can be found in private homes, retail spaces, creative studios, and corporate environments. The duo started making serious effort together in 2013 and joined us for their first Bison in 2014. They'll be joining us again for the December weekend of our fair and we cannot wait to catch up with em!! Follow the brothers work online on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see what inspires them to create:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
AMCW: That you probably live in Edmonton? We live in Calgary but always look forward to coming up for the Bison and seeing what awesome work everyone is doing and having dinner at The Next Act.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
AMCW: Skateboarding, Film, Skateboarding

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
AMCW: A mountain monster for our niece from Mountains & Monsters!

Check out www.adrianmartinus.com to see their full collection before swinging by the fair to see it all in person! NOTE: AdrianMartinus has been on WesternLivings designer of the year shortlist for the last three years in Eco design, Industrial Design and Furniture Design. We know they'll end up taking the big prize sooner than later, their work is bonkers good!

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Create Your Own Urban Jungle With The Terrariums Of Little Plant Shop

Little Plant Shop, previously known as Axis Mundi, is the brainchild of Sara Gies and has recently gone through some cosmetic changes – including a new loft sale space opening in December on Whyte Avenue (10462 82Ave). Sara makes each gorgeously built terrarium and plant-based accessories by hand and really takes the time to explain how to care for them to anyone who asks. It's been something she's be doing since 2012 and has been selling with us at Bison since 2013. Little Plant Shop will be joining us for the December weekend of our fair and you can follow along Sara's journey by following her on instagram (@littleplantshopyeg) / twitter (@yegplantshop) and do read on down below to see what inspires her to create each adorable little environment of hers:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/artist?
LPS: Being an Edmonton based artist gave us the opportunity to make a hobby into a farmers market/home business and now the ability to open a shop of our own on Whyte Ave!

Q: What are your top three influences?
LPS: Old-school horticulture, living art/design, and southern California style

Q: Favourite Bison item you picked up at a previous fair?
LPS: Sara's: Carl Sagan candle. Eric's: Cigar box amp

Check out their full collection before seeing them at person this December online at www.axismundi.com.

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Grab Some Vibrant Locally Inspired Prints From Stephanie Simpson Illustration

Stephanie Simpson Illustration draws her inspiration from the local environment, like city landmarks, Rocky Mountain scenes, and animals found in different parts of Canada. Stephanie prints and cuts all of her illustrated prints herself using archival papers and inks. She first started making in 2015 and will be joining us for her first Bison on the December weekend! You can find Stephanie's work progressing on instagram (@stephanie.illustratesand read on down below to see what inspires Stephanie to draw!

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
SSI: To me, it means being part of such a generous community – of inclusive makers and artists who are keen to share what they know, and of individuals, businesses, and institutions that are excited to support the incredible work being made in the city. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
SSI: Alberta-y things (landmarks, mountains, bison), old travel artwork, and kids’ books (a hotbed of illustration talent!).   

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
SSI: A set of animal notecards by Gabe Wong. Giving them away was painful!

Do yourself a favour and swing on by Stephanie's shop before seeing her work in person this weekend here: www.etsy.com/shop/stephsimpsonphoto and read on down below to see what other accomplishments Steph has been up to!

My work was included in the Edmonton Made gift catalogue, and was included in an associated installation in the Gibson Block space back in September. There’s a short article about my working being in the catalogue (alongside other Bisoneers!) here: Edmonton Arts Council article

In addition to working as an illustrator, I’m also a photographer and newbie filmmaker, and made a short documentary in January that picked up some nice press: CBC article, + Huffington Post article.

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Stephanie Simpson herself!

Stephanie Simpson herself!

Accent Your Life With The Exquisitely Handcrafted Spoons Of Grit and Grain

Rachel Beyer, of Grit and Grain, makes insanely beautiful spoons by hand. She's been making them for about two years now, but has been working on tactile, hand-made projects for as long as she can remember! They're so well made they were featured in Issue 30 of Uppercase Magazine (pg82-83)! Rachel first joined us at Bison around three or so years ago on a shared table with some of her buds selling weird illustration prints and she'll be joining us again for the December weekend of our fair. We can wait to see what she's come up with this year! You can keep up to date with Grit and Grain on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see how she responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
G&G: For me, being and Edmonton maker and designer is about the community. There’s a strong sense of support and encouragement here that’s really great.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
G&G: For woodworking, probably Ariele Alasko, Joshua Vogel and my Dad, who’s also a woodworker and artist.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
G&G: My @sylviasooleather wallet or ceramic bucket I from @kalikabowlby

You can scope out Rachel's full collection of spoons at www.gritandgrain.ca

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Holy moley is Rachel ever talented...

Holy moley is Rachel ever talented...