Keep Your Hamburger Hands To Yourself! ;)

Greetings! We're going to break the forth wall for just a moment so your intrepid Bison Blog writer can tell you a little about himself:

My name is Kyle Schneider (aka Hamburger Hands) and I am an illustrator and print artist. I like to draw lowbrow gross/cute imagery and mash it all together with a bunch of silly puns! I bounce back and forth from using bright-coral colouring or black-only, depending entirely on the project. I like to screenprint my work onto paper, make shirts and tote bags, hand build iron-on patches from scratch, and all kinds of mind-bending ephemera. I've been vending with Bison since the winter of 2014 and it's been such a positive impact on my life. I pretty much figured out I could make a living as an illustrator from this gig. You can find my most up to date work on instagram these days (@hamburgerhands) and I'll see y'guys at Bison with some new and exciting work!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
HAMBZ: I just like to draw, man! I’ve been a fan of comics/cartoons since before I can remember and I’ve just found myself drawing everything, all the time. I went to school to be a graphic designer and that career just sort of morphed into me drawing stuff for people… I guess I’m pretty lucky that I’ve been able to do that!

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
HAMBZ: Omg… k, so i’ve been kind of spamming this same butt joke over and over and it’s been pretty fun, hahaha! So, a lot of my new prints, of which there are many, are kinda focused on butt jokes. I've really enjoyed making my work a bit more... "adult themed" these days haha! I have a project coming out that's based entirely on a throw-away illustration I put out on February for Valentine's Day! it won't be ready for Bison this spring, but it'll be rolling out early Summer for sure.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
HAMBZ: I’m fascinated with taking my work in two very disparate directions this year. I’ve found I’ve done a decent job of bringing my work to folks on a medium scale so far, and now I’m considering what my work would and will look like at a small and very large scales… I’m learning to draw ideas fairly boiled down for some punk-rock inspired buttons and pins, and I am THRILLED to share a couple of large murals I’ve been working on! 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
HAMBZ: Gladly! There are three Canadian artists that I have huge creative crushes on that I consider myself lucky to be contemporaries of: Josh Hollinaty, Jill Stanton, and Chad VanGaalen. Two of which have been vendors on hallowed Bison grounds! I would LOVE to see Chad vend with us someday, that’d be so cool! I’m also a huge fan of Rob Corradetti, an artist that goes by the monker Killer Acid – google him, you won’t be disappointed I promise.

And hey, skip on over to my online shop (shop.hamburgerhands.com) to pick up some of my work now! :D

~ Kyle Schneider
aka Hamburger Hands

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Ryaton: Guaranteed to Keep You Looking Fresh Through the Zombie Apocalypse

Greg Morgan, aka Ryaton, makes solid, beautiful shoes. Hands down. They are wildly high quality. And he is not new to the game at all! He first vended with us in 2010 and we are thrilled to have him back with us again for spring 2017! Greg had this to say about his work: "Ryaton designs and makes the world’s finest all-purpose footwear, right here in Edmonton. *Goods guaranteed to keep you looking fresh through the zombie apocalypse.*" ....AWESOME!! We want those on our feet! You can keep up with Greg's fashionable footwear progress on instagram (@yaton) and read on down below to see what inspires him to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
RYATON: Getting better at making something is addictive, it’s tremendously satisfying to begin to see levels in your own development. But the better you get, the more nuance you can see, and the harder it is to get to that next level. This sounds bad.. But it’s a good thing, really!

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
RYATON: Women’s shoes! They’ve been a loooooooong time coming but I’m really happy with how everything has turned out this time around. They are, I think, a perfect balance between the typically serious Ryaton aesthetic and a springtime take on traditional women’s footwear.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
RYATON: I hope to travel with my products a bit more, maybe even out of province?! And find some fun partners to work with, maybe stores, maybe other makers, that sort of thing. Keep an eye out later in the year for something new on the men’s side as well.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
RYATON: Bison alum Andronyk Jewelry is definitely high up there. Jeanie is super creative AND skilled AND hard working. That’s what I want to be like when I grow up. But since I’m not a jeweler or metalsmith it’s more realistic for me to emulate the crew from Cobra Rock Boot Co. They do what I do, but somehow make it look glamorous and rewarding and inspiring all at the same time. I haven’t figured that part out yet. Grit & Grain is another past bisoneer that I really admire. Rachel’s work is stunningly beautiful and a delight just to hold in your hand. Plus, it’s pretty rare that I see someone who is harder on their hands than I am on mine. I respect that, ha ha!!

HEAD ON OVER TO WWW.RYATON.COM TO CHECK OUT THE FULL LINE OF APOCALYPSE-GRADE FOOTWEAR!

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Hundr Vidar Will Be Bringing Some Handmade Goodies To Bison!

NEW VENDOR ALERT!! Hundr Vidar, the creative playground of Jenna Dewar and Madison Dewar, are bringing some fresh hand made goodies to Bison and we are thrilled to have them!! Hundr Vidar is unisex brand created by sisters Madison and Jenna Dewar. Together they create handmade clothing, bags, and accessories featuring hand carved prints. Keep up with the sisters progress on instagram (@hundr_vidar) and read on down below to see what inspires the sisters to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
HV: We love quirky locally made products and wanted to create our own. Having backgrounds in fine arts and fashion we are always inspiring and motivating each other to create interesting and unique items.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
HV: Our new line for spring is a series of bright coloured backpacks with some brand new prints. We also have some new clutches in a variety of colours, prints, and materials. As well we are adding an interactive element where customers can pick from an array of hand carved stamps and stamp boxers or other accessories.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
HV: We are aspiring to use more recycled or environmentally friendly materials and add more hand stamped projects. We also aspire to have more community engagement with other artists and creators in Edmonton.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
HV: We love people who strive to be unique, who work with unconventional materials and play with texture like Alexander Mcqueen and Brandon Kee. We are also inspired by history, especially Old Norse sagas.

www.hundrvidar.ca <<< Head on over to the duo's shop to see what's in store for Bison this Spring!

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Les Arts Plastiques: Funky Mid-Century Modern Art Inspired Jewelry

Alicia Pawlowski, aka Les Arts Plastiques, has been welcomed repeat vendor with Bison since 2012 and for good reason: HER WORK IS FABULOUS! We're always happy to hear stories from her London adventures! Alicia had this to say about her work: "I make one of a kind, limited run jewelry in sterling silver and brass with a lot of gemstones. My designs are heavily inspired by art deco and mid-century motifs." We love art with a story around Bison headquarters: Do yourself a favour and ask Alicia about her pieces in person, you will not regret it. 

Keep up with Alicia's progress on instagram (@lesartsplastiques) and read on down below to see what inspires her to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things? 
ALICIA: Instinct? I always have to be making something—it’s an itch I need to scratch. I was always the kid who had to craft. In elementary school I’d peddle my Britney Spears inspired fringed beaded necklaces on the bus. 

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
ALICIA: New stone setting techniques! Signet rings! A collection inspired by prairie botanicals meets ancient roman hoard.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
ALICIA: Living part time in London has been hugely inspiring. The Victoria & Albert museum has one of the biggest and broadest collections of jewellery in the world, I head on down on the regular and sketch away to my hearts’ content surrounded by literally, all the jewellery. Expect more funky midcentury modern art inspired jewels down the pipe for me. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
ALICIA: The late Naum Slutzky (not just for sharing my nickname—plz don’t include that bad joke). He was probably the only jeweller tied to the Bauhaus movement. Alexander Calder, the dude who gave us those amazing mobiles among his sculptures, also made really great jewellery.  The theme for these 2 is that they’re both long dead.

Of Bisoneers past and present, Jeanie Andronyk is hugely inspiring, as is my pal Emily Chu.

www.lesartsplastiques.ca <<< head on over to Alicia's shop to check out what she has for sale!

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Adamson and Son Brings Their Premium Custom-Made Leather Goods To Bison

Shaun Adamson, of Adamson and Son, is back with his rad leather goods!! He first joined us in December of 2017 and just like his impeccable work, he was a perfect fit! Shaun had this to say of his products: "I make handmade leather goods. I started by making functional pieces for myself, my family, and my friends and it just grew from there. I really like to make functional goods that people use and love for a long time." It really is stunning to see leather look as good as his does... Keep up with Shaun's progress on instagram (@adamsonandson) and read on down below for a good look at what makes Shaun tick!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
A&S: I really like to make things people want, need, and will use. I actually spent most of my life thinking I was creative, but since I’ve been working with leather lots of people have complimented me on my creativity. I still doubt it sometimes, but I just really like simple things that practical and well made that will last a long time.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
A&S: I’m working on a purse prototype based on my mother-in-law’s and my mom’s requests. I’m still prototyping, but hoping to have it finished for Mother’s Day!

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
A&S: I think I have a leather shopping problem, ie. I like to buy every kind of cool and interesting leather I can find, but I’m trying to not have too many choices, so I’m trying to pare down to 5-ish best selling and most popular colours (although, I will likely still have fun one-offs and limited runs every once in a while). I also feel like I haven’t created a really new piece for a long time and I look forward to being able to do more of that (so if there is anything you’re looking for, let me know!)

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
A&S: Oh man! I have so many! I really like Greg from Ryaton, the idea of making shoes seems really daunting. Further away, focusing on leather goods, I like Odin Leather Goods in Texas, One Star Leather Goods in California, and I’ve been really impressed with Little King Goods in Ontario. Locally, we have multiple Justine Ma pieces in our house, an Edmonton Neighbourhood Maps, and a Folk Fest print from Snow Alligator--I guess I like things that go on walls. Most of my pieces are named after the person who first bought it or inspired the design, which I think is just cool, so I suppose you could say my biggest inspiration is the people who buy my goods! 

www.adamsonandson.com <<< Check out Shaun's full line of products here!

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