Sam Knopp: Playful & Minimal Ceramics

With interests in mid-century design, pop culture, and craftsmanship, Sam Knopp of Sam Knopp Ceramics makes handmade ceramics that are playful, minimal, and richly tactile. Her beautiful pieces will automatically become central points in your decor! Catch Sam at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow her on Instagram (@samknoppceramics), and read on to discover what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Sam Knopp Ceramics:
I think it’s ultimately about relationships. Creating meaning and connection with other people but also the material world around us. The process of creating and re-creating is a type of conversation you have at times with yourself but even better when it’s with others.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
SKC:
It feels like a lot!  But mostly I’ve been reworking and refining my materials and techniques over the last year. I am a classic Libra over here so you will find a mix of bright, loud, plastic, pop and cool, refined, and minimalism.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
SKC:
A strong focus on material. I don’t have much for illustrative chops and I’m definitely not a production potter but I sure love the clay and glaze. So I’m always finding ways to make that the focus of the pieces I make.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
SKC:
I live in the village Irma, about an hour and half east of Edmonton. It has been an amazing place to set up shop over the last two years and its proximity to Edmonton allows me to be part this city’s rich creative community. The Edmonton art scene is full of talent and yet remains humble and welcoming. Edmonton has that strange small town/big city feel which means there are the resources to make stuff happen and excitement for new ideas in a community that truly wants to build each other up. So its pretty great.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
SKC:
This is tough. So, so, many. Trading was actually a problem (a good problem!) for me at last year’s Winter Royal Bison. Two of my favourites from those swaps are a necklace I got from Jared Sykes of Stable State and a set of spoons from Rachel Beyer of Grit and Grain.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
SKC:
Chocolate Clusters from my mother-in-law (fingers crossed for an extra batch this year with this shout-out). Every year we get a box regardless of where we are and they don’t last more than a couple hours.

Visit Sam Knopp’s website to discover more of the work that she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.samknopp.com

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Kalika Bowlby: Fine Modern Tableware

We’re so excited to welcome back BC-based ceramicist, Kalika Bowlby of Kalika Bowlby Pottery! She produces finely, handcrafted tableware made for the modern home. Catch her at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow them on Instagram (@kalikabowlby) and read on to discover what inspires her to create!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Kalika Bowlby: I never tire of seeing an idea become manifest. The process of realizing something that once only existed in my imagination is so exciting!

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
KB:
I’ve got some new two-tone mugs that I’m really excited about!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
KB:
I like to make things with a focus on timelessness. I hope the objects I make can be enjoyed just as much years from now as they are today.  

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RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
KB:
A couple ceramic artists I really admire are Giselle Hicks and Mike Helke. Their work feels like some of the most modern in the ceramic world right now. I’m loving it! I’ve also been enjoying the colour and composition play of UK-based painter Anna Mac. It feels so fun and vibrant. 

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
KB:
Pie! I always make a couple of pies and decorate them elaborately for Christmas dinner.

Head to Kalika Bowlby’s website to discover more of the beautiful work they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.kalika.ca 

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Matt Prins makes funnies

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Matt Prins is a guy making funny books, drawing, fun things, and different brickabrack. He says it’s not totally kid friendly stuff, but that’s not to say he’s unfriendly - he tells us he generally likes people, even kids! He also reminds us that he’s old news - he did his number one Bison way back in 2011. We love his sense of humour - you may remember (or even have!) his short story tote Royal Bison bag from previous fairs. Follow Matt on Instagram @mittplins and see what we’re talkin’ about for yerself.

Q: What draws you to making or designing things? I like to make lots of stuff quick and dirty. It’s in the blood. And then make another thing after. And put it all in a line and stare at it and say, “Look how fast I made it all and it’s all from my body!”

Q: What’s new for your this season? Got a very boring zine called BORE. Got some hats and tote bags with a cute tiger/cat on it. And the Dum Dum Postcard Club starter pack! Get them all! Don’t forget to treat yourself to some Series 3 mystery packs – Fun Thing TM.

 Q: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers? Probably my sense of humour. It’s in everything I make and it’s disgraceful.

Q: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community, or whichever community you call home? I love it! I love my friends! I love my home! I love my scene!

Q: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes: Locally, you can’t beat Nick Johnson and Jill Stanton’s illustrations. Internet wise, I’m Currently in love with Tara Booth's work (check it out on instagram!) And I’ve always loved alternative comic makers (as of late I’ve been digging through Nick Drnaso’s stuff and swimming in Osamu Tezuka’s massive library.)

 Q: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us? Fried ham steaks at mom and dad’s on Christmas morning. Put some HP Sauce on it.

The Zine Machine!

The ZINE MACHINE Project (formally 780distro) began in 2014 as a snack vending machine that has been re-purposed to distribute small zines. In October 2017, the project changed hands and has evolved beyond the distribution of locally made publications to offering workshops, consultation, and support to community groups and educators who are interested in bringing zines into the classroom. The Zine Machine currently distributes publications from all over the world. Follow the Zine Machine on Instagram (@zinemachine780) and Twitter (@zinemachine780), and head on over to www.zinemachine.ca to find out how to submit your own zine! 

Stop by the Royal Bison from December 7 to 9 to chat with the cool folks at the Zine Machine and also to get your own cool zine!

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CMB Print Works: Wildlife & Reclaimed Wood Mosaics

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!

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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.

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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!

Visit CMB Print Works’ website to see more of their work that they’ll have at the Royal Bison: www.caitlinbodewitz.com

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Royal Bison Gift Guide - For the Office Secret Santas

What do you ever get for a coworker you drew for Secret Santa? And for, like, under $40? We think you’d do really well with:

1. Ochre Lea – Find Letterpress goods, travel masons, calendars, leather goods, all made by hand! Their one of a kind products and cheeky cards are super great - find them over both weekends Nov 30 – Dec 2 & Dec 7-9!

2. What is more thoughtful (and hip) than embroidery right now? Edmonton's Floral and Floss will be at the Nov 30 – Dec 2 weekend with new patterns and embroidery ornaments!

3. Everyone loves notebooks, right! New vendor, Cyanotype Paper Goods will be at the Dec 7-9 weekend with pattern notebooks, pocket mirrors, and maybe even some snazzy wrapping paper!

4. Calgary artist Heather Buchanan's enamel pins are hilariously perfect. And she's got so many designs that you can't NOT find a gift at her booth! Find Heather during the Nov 30 – Dec 2 weekend!

5. Like Grandpa – Edmonton's all natural grooming brand includes products like after shave, beard & shampoo bars, and beard oils. Find them Dec 7-9!

6. Handmade, all-natural, essential oil bar soaps by Westmount Soap Company are safe for everyone and for your whole body! Plus they’re coded by neighbourhood! Find them Dec 7-9!

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Royal Bison Gift Guide - For the Print Collector

Every year, the Royal Bison attracts the best of the best of our local artists, illustrators, and designers. We combed through our roster for just some favourite options for the print collector in your life (and don’t forget about SNAP Gallery’s table either!):

1. New Edmonton artist vendor, Kait Dirk will be joining us for the Nov 30-Dec 2 weekend. And we can't wait to show off her surrealist oil paintings!

2. Heather Simonsmeier is a printmaker who works with silkscreen, linocut... you name it! She will be participating in her first Royal Bison during the Nov 30 – Dec 2 weekend!

3. New Vendor Paul Twa is a graphic designer and illustrator, bringing his love of patterns and natural history in the form of artwork, pillows, and apparel. Find his work over Nov 30 – Dec 2!

4. Laura La France is a 35mm photographer and filmmaker from Sturgeon County, Alberta. Her work of the Canadian prairies will be at the Royal Bison during the Dec 7-9 weekend.

5. Static Control has the best collage artwork, and they are back for the Dec 7-9 weekend!

6. Caitlin Bodewitz of CMB Printworks pushes the boundaries of traditional printmaking by exploring alternative techniques and materials, incorporating collage, photo transfers, and drawings. Her first Royal Bison will be over the Nov 30 – Dec 2 weekend!

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Royal Bison Gift Guide - For the Anti-Consumerist

What do you buy for the anti-consumer? We know they don’t want anything…buuuuut they still gotta eat, drink, read and listen to music, right?! Do consider:

1. Double Lunch Records They put on shows and put out records. New vendors to Bison, and Edmonton's own recording label. Find them both weekends Nov 30- Dec 2 & Dec 7-9!

2. Edmonton's first distillery, Strathcona Spirits, uses locally farmed and foraged grains and botanicals to create proud Alberta spirits. And yes, they will be at both weekends!

3. Zine Machine – Have extra loonies and toonies? Grab yourself unique, hand-folded, locally made, printed matter before it's too late! Only available during the Dec 7-9 weekend!

4. Grab a Coffee Bureau Gift Card at their setup in the Royal Bison lobby! Because who doesn't love delicious coffee from that very good little coffee shop?

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Royal Bison Gift Guide - Treat Yoself

Who says holiday markets are only for buying gifts for other people? Self-gifts are necessary! Christmas shopping is hard!? A few ideas on how to treat yoself:

1. Edmonton's jewelry designer Karma Victoria is back this season! Find Tory’s striking pieces both weekends at the Royal Bison!

2. The duo of Rosa + Lilium Apothecary will be back again, bringing eco-conscious bath and body products. Their products are toxin free and made with real ingredients. Find their products over both weekends!

3. Nor Official designs and handcrafts all garments. Find these ethically made fanny packs during both weekends!

4. Jewelry artist Cayley Lux and ceramic artist Genevieve Ongaro team up to make Calu Design + Material Culture, creating beautiful jewelry and home goods. Find these new vendors over the Nov 30 – Dec 2 weekend!

5. mîkisikahtak creations - New jewelry artist Paige Cardinal is bringing beautiful contemporary Indigenous beaded art over the Dec 7-9 weekend!

6. Libertine Frangrance brings the highest quality aromatic fragrances, without gender stereotyping. You can find their products both weekends!

7. Find simple and sassy apparel that make you feel good. My Next Broken Heart will have tees that make your heart smile. Find them during the Dec 7-9 weekend!

8. Illustrator Emily Chu is bringing 6 new enamel pins this holiday. Find her art and products over both weekends!

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Royal Bison Gift Guide - For your Weird Cousin

Don't know what to get your weird cousin this Christmas? Heck, you might be the Weird Cousin in your family - we got you, read on:

1. You can not go wrong by a t-shirt by Taco Skate, you just can't. Find their products both weekends at the Royal Bison!

2. Upper Dekker – So they have a sense of humour, eh? Find prints by Jeff Dekker Nov 30 - Dec 2!

3. The Witchery – Edmonton's witchcraft shop features spell kits, crystals, intense, and much more – Handmade by the Witch herself. Find magical goods both weekends Nov 30 – Dec 2 & Dec 7-9!

4. Edmonton artist, Ilaso will be at the Royal Bison with unique “little things” such as t-shirts and pins. Find these goodies during the Dec 7-9 weekend!

5. Hero Vintage Tees - Retro modern tees for those retro vibes - find their shirts over the Dec 7-9 weekend!

6. Rachel Murray Patches! Embroidery! Rad abstract blind contour designs! Find all sorts of ephemera, t-shirts, and more from this new vendor during the Dec 7-9 weekend!

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Royal Bison Gift Guide - For the Explorers

Know someone who loves adventure and are constantly travelling? Here’s some local goods for the frequent flyers:

1. Copper Cherry – Canadian brand of handmade canvas and leather outdoor and travel goods, by Jessica Nepton-Chayer. These bags bring a sense of adventure. Find her bags, backpacks, and travel goods both weekends at the Royal Bison!

2. Give them an adventure greeting card by Homework Press! Find all genres of letterpress greetings and paper-goods both weekends Nov 30 – Dec 2 & Dec 7-9.

3. Edmonton artist Stephanie Simpson is back again with new prints over both weekends. She will have her natural park prints as well as a new Edmonton map!

4. Smithstine Copper Mountains, skylines, river paths, coordinates – you name it! Kristine will be back both weekends with new copper jewelry designs and new enamel pendants!

5. Jim Shoots Film Capturing Edmonton and beyond through film (yes, film!). Find Jim's striking photographs both weekends at the Royal Bison.

6. Local family business, Field Work creates high quality handmade goods for the outdoors using traditional materials such as vegetable tanned leather and water resistant waxed canvas. Find their camera straps, wallets, and other goods over the Nov 30 – Dec 2 weekend!

7. Edmonton sisters of Hundr Vidar will be bringing unisex clothing, backpacks, and accessories. Rad! Find them both weekends!

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Royal Bison Gift Guide - For the Nature Lovers

Got an outdoorsy type to find something for? Nooooooo problem:

1. New vendor Jenny Liski of Scout Paper Goods has beautiful cards, prints, and enamel pins, inspired by exploring the Rocky Mountains. Find her work over the Nov 30 - Dec 2 weekend!

2. Committed to ethically made, socially conscious goods, Flannel Foxes will once again bring nostalgia and Western Canadian lifestyle products to the Royal Bison both weekends!

3. Bring nature inside with Edmonton's houseplant boutique! They told us they always save their quirkiest, one of a kind plant pots for the Royal Bison! Little Plant Shop will be vending Nov 30 – Dec 2!

4. New vendor, industrial designer and illustrator, Peaches of Life is Peachy, will be at the Royal Bison for the Nov 30 – Dec 2 weekend! Just look at this cactus sweater!

5. Salgado Fenwick – Made with love, featuring lots of neat animal drawings and screen printed in small batches, find their unique wearable art during both weekends of the Royal Bison!

6. Go Gidget Go will be back once again with their modern handmade knitwear accessories to stay cozy outside - find their knitted goods both weekends this holiday!

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Royal Bison Gift Guide - For the Kids

Have some cool kids on your Christmas list? Look no further":

1. From Harper – This Canadian brand focuses on quality, style, and as well as fit. Find cute patterns both weekends Nov 30 – Dec 2 & Dec 7-9!

2. Papercut Monsters – Designer Joel Kadziolka, will be bringing his collage monsters to both weekends of the Royal Bison. These monsters are loved by all ages, from toddlers to adults!

3. New Saskatoon vendor, Very Happy Toys, makes all of their products by hand. They are sewn to last, and made to play. Find their puppets and toys during the Nov 30 – Dec 2 weekend!

4. 559 Toys brings handmade developmental toys for infants with over the Dec 7-9 weekend!

5. Mountains and Monsters – Adopt a carefully designed, handmade plush toy, from the Canadian Rockies! Find your mountain or monster Dec 7-9!

6. Local artist, Yu-Chen Tseng, is back and she will be bringing her beautiful watercolour artwork. Find her over the Dec 7-9 weekend!

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Royal Bison Gift Guide - For the Bookworms

Stay inside and enjoy a good read this winter! Find books and zines from local authors and creatives at the Bison, including:

1. Biblio-Bison – Find Edmonton's premier literary publishers and writers both weekends at the Royal Bison! Browse through their collection of local books, magazines, and learn about cool literature events happening in the city!

2. Local writer, artist, zine-creator Matt Prins will be back for both weekends of the Royal Bison with his very special reads.

3. Reading a good book requires a pair of warm socks! Calgary-based sock company, Friday Socks, brings Canadian-designed / Italian-made socks to the Royal Bison Nov 30 – Dec 2!

4. The Exit Workshop – These beautiful wool blankets will keep you warm over the holidays! Find their headwear, scarves, and other products during the Nov 30 – Dec 2 weekend!

5. Zine Machine – Can't get enough of zines? We know we can't! Find the zine distro during the Dec 7 - 9 weekend - feed it a loonie, and the Zine Machine will feed you a zine!

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Royal Bison Gift Guide - For the Homebodies

Is all you want to do is stay at home and cozy up this holiday? We get it - hygge or whatever, right! Let’s make your house ultra-cozy:

1. New Edmonton Fiber Artist, Curious Fox Fibres, will be bringing unique wall hangings and punch needle pillows to the Royal Bison Nov 30 – Dec 2!

2. Ryspot – Edmonton's one-man concrete designer, Ryan Spotowski, will be bringing a collection of new items both weekends, including this wild concrete clock!

3. Blending mid-century design and pop culture, Sam Knopp creates functional ceramics that are playful, minimal, and richly tactile. Find Sam's beautiful products during the Dec 7-9 weekend!

4. Committing to make yarn produced in Alberta, for the people of Alberta, Alberta Yarn Project will do just that by selling their yarns and knitting kits during both weekends!

5. Jovi Klak – New vendor and Edmonton-based artist will be bringing her colourful patterns and hand painted mandalas Nov 30 – Dec 2!

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Royal Bison Gift Guide - For the Foodies

Have a foodie in your life? Of course you do. The Royal Bison has you covered for a variety of local kitchen and food things they will love:

1. Adrian Martinus – These Calgary based brothers work primarily with rescued and reclaimed wood to create unique goods for the kitchen and home. They will be at the Royal Bison over the Nov 30 – Dec 2 weekend!

2. Mezzaluna Studio – designer Vikki Wiercinski will be at both weekends with her mid-century modern tea towels, table runners, stationery, and artwork.

3. BC Ceramic designer, Kalika Bowlby, will be bringing her beautiful pots, bowls, and mugs over the Dec 7-9 weekend!

4. New Edmonton artist vendor, Rachel Sinn has got some fun food and plant prints over the Dec 7-9 weekend!

5. Veteran concrete-artist team, Concrete Cat, has got some nifty new products including donuts and lotus sculptures! Concrete Cat will be at the Royal Bison Nov 30 – Dec 2!

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Static Control: Hand-Rendered Collage

Focusing on hand-rendered collages printed in various formats, Static Control is the personal creative outlet for Brandi Strauss. Ranging from audio to visual work, Strauss’ analog approach to collage gives a surreal feel to her imagery. Catch her at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow her on Instagram (@staticcontrol), and read on to discover what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Static Control:
The desire to create beautiful or unique out of the simplest of images.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
SC:
Shirts and an exploration of rub on transfers, Letraset.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
SC:
Use of colour and the analog approach of collage.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
SC:
I feel supported and encouraged to try new things.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
SC:
Constantly inspired by my friends, Ashley Hohman, Jes Aurelius, and Barry Elkanick.

Visit Static Control’s website to see more of their work that they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: staticcontrol.tumblr.com

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My Next Broken Heart: Soft & Sassy Shirts

Match your t-shirt to your mood with the simple, soft, and sassy t-shirts from My Next Broken Heart! Randee Armstrong of the fun brand describes the shirts as, “They’re tees that are easy to wear, incredibly soft, and a good way to express your daily mood.” Find your fit from them at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow them on Instagram (@mynextbrokenheart), and read on to discover what inspires this t-shirt maker!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
My Next Broken Heart:
It’s a good creative outlet aside from photography. I just like to make things I want to use, wear, and hang on my walls.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
MNBH:
Just a few new tees!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
MNBH:
I just think it’s really simple and people like simple things (I mean this in the best way possible). It’s nice to have things in your closet that you know you can just throw on, I’ve always been a jeans and t-shirt girl.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
MNBH:
I’m in love with Edmonton and the people who live here. I find it is a very loving creative community.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
MNBH:
I love Stitch Witch! And also RySpot, Stranger Design, Karma, Justine Ma…. honestly there are so so so many.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
MNBH:
My daughter and I started a new one last year, instead of gifts we do an ‘event’... but it has to be something to do with the holidays!

Visit My Next Broken Heart’s website to see more of the products they’ll have at the Royal Bison: www.mynextbrokenheart.com

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Friday Sock Co: Mismatched Fun

We’re thrilled to welcome back Calgary designer Adam Thompson of Friday Sock Co. to the Royal Bison! You won’t ever have to worry about finding a matching sock again, as this ethically made sock brand has a purposely mismatched design concept. The super fun patterns and designs of Friday Sock Co. will knock the socks off your feet before you put on a pair of theirs! Catch them at the Bison November 30 to December 2, follow them on Instagram (@FridaySockCo), and read on to discover what inspires their strange socks!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Friday Sock Co:
The fact that I can create something that pulls a positive emotion out of someone else. Also, I love the relationship of things. Designing purposely mismatched socks allows me to explore the interconnectedness of things. What goes together, but is different… I recently did a design with two whales, but they aren’t just two whales, they are two whales that live in the same area. Or my cat and a box design. This is the part of my job that I absolutely love.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
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We’ve released over 50 new designs and also a new spoofed Canadian maple-syrup can that can be re-purposed after opening. We can all our socks in-house to ensure freshness.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
FSC:
Tough one. I guess I’m doing my own thing and hopefully it shows in my work.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Calgary creative community?
FSC:
I love being part of the creative community in Calgary and hope to inspire anyone who wants to take an idea and turn it into something. I was recognized this year as one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 under 40 in Calgary, and a big component of that award is involvement and impact in the city. We give back to the community as much as we can.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
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Adrianmartinus! Salgado Fenwick! Heather Buchanan!

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
FSC:
My wife is from the UK so we’ve gone to England for the last 5 or 6 years for the holidays. Every Boxing Day the whole town puts on their Welly boots and heads across farmers’ fields to a little pub called the Coach and Horses. There’s a hose outside to rinse off your boots before you go in, and inside the pub it smells like mulled wine, dirt, and a wood-burning fireplace. It takes a half an hour to get your first drink, and only five minutes before you get your next one.

Visit Friday Sock Co’s website to see more of what products they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.fridaysock.co

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Copper Cherry: Travel Bags Made for Adventure

Looking to add some adventure to your life? Then you’ll want to check out the soft canvas and leather outdoor and travel goods made right here in Alberta by Jessica Nepton-Chayer of Copper Cherry! Not only are these bags beautiful, but they’re also incredibly durable and functional. Catch Jessica at the Bison both weekends, follow her on Instagram (@coppercherry), and read on to discover what inspires her to create!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Copper Cherry:
Well, I have to make as I’m constantly building and designing in my head. I’ve always been drawn to making and thought it important.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
CC:
New to my line this year are leather small goods, such as wallets and travel accessories that I released earlier this year. But what I’ve been working on since last year’s holiday markets is a new line of travel luggage duffles and briefcases. I’m stoked.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers? 
CC:
I feel I approach these bags and goods in a different way, as I try and create with purpose and cohesion. I test them out and make my goods evolve over time. When I create something new, I like to think back on what I already have and design the goods as part of a whole. I think this makes a difference in my products; I design a whole family not just an individual.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
CC:
It’s great to have a place to show and share, as I’m sure some will relate. I make all this by myself and spend all this time in my mind. Also getting support and feedback is really all one needs.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
CC:
Gosh so many! For starters, Molly from Stranger Studio: truly one of the most hardworking, strange & amazing persons in Edmonton. Carson Wronko, Wronko Woods: not at the market but he is just greatness in furniture. Josh from Libertine Fragrance is so nice and knowledgeable.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
CC:
Love watching holiday movies next to the roaring fireplace, until I fall asleep. 

Visit Copper Cherry’s website to view more of the products they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.coppercherry.com

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