A Lesson In Going With The Flow by Olivia Forsyth

Exploring the female figure is something a lot of us enjoy and our next artist is in no way shy of expressing sexuality in her unique and low brow style! Olivia Forsyth is an independent multi-disciplinary artist exploring the world of pop-surrealism and punk-rock aesthetics. Originally from Edmonton, Olivia is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Calgary. She first joined us at Bison last year and it was a perfect fit, so we are thrilled to have her back again! Check up on Olivia's progress on instagram (@olivia_forsyth) and read on down below to see what makes Olivia's clock tick:

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
OLIVIA: Just the need to create objects in general!

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
OLIVIA: I’ll have all new ceramic sculptures, paintings and drawings!

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
OLIVIA: I’m currently in school at ACAD working towards my BFA, so I’m always learning new methods of creating art that I will apply to my own practice. I’m hoping to learn more about fibre arts, like weaving!

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
OLIVIA: Currently I’m loving the work of Tara Booth, Katie Stout and Rebecca Morgan

Check out Olivia's progress in her studies on instagram (@olivia_forsyth)!

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Peace, Love, and Taco Grease with Taco Skate Co.

When does a combination of old-school Volkswagon vans, skateboard culture, and a generous heaping of Guy Fieri ever come together??? RIGHT HERE, BABYYYY!! Adriean Koleric/thinkITEM, collaborators behind Taco Skate Co. make lowbrow/diy vibe shirts, stickers, artwork and hand out free taco recipe cards. It's awesome! When you swing by their booth, really do ask them about Guy Fieri: it's a great convo. They first set-up with us at Bison in May of 2017 and we're excited to have them vending with us again this spring! Keep up with the duos progress on both instagram (@tacosk8coand twitter (@tacoskateco) and read on down below to see what's been inspiring them to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
TACO: It’s only natural. It’s literally something I just have to do. 

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
TACO : We got a couple of new tee shirts. One that we named ‘Jim’ after a long time Supporter as well as a new ‘Heritage’ logo tee. Also a fresh sticker pack called ‘HARDSHELL’, button packs that are best described as ‘greasy’ and a bunch of new hand sketches. Oh and recycled skate decks!

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
TACO: We’re working on making free old school cassette mix-tapes that we’d like to include with future orders. We want people to hear what we hear while we were creating the gear they just scored. Also hoping to add a Corn Salad Recipe Card to accompany our Taco Recipe’s. Cause everyone needs a side order from time to time. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
TACO: Ed Templeton (Toy Machine) got us to turn off our laptop and hand sketch again. Rothfink (UK VW Brand) that inspired us to incorporate a vintage Volkswagen vibe. They were also cool enough to reply to us after reaching out for some advice. Lastly VICE cooking shows. We’re still looking back at the lasagna we made off a Matty Matheson YouTube episode.

Check out the full lineup of rad DIY decks, buttons, and stickers at www.tacoskate.co!

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Nostalgia and Comfort Brought to us by Like Grandpa Shave + Beard Products

Ken Kaminski-Raab and Keenyn Bijou, creators of Like Grandpa Shave & Beard Products, are back to share their rich line of shaving products with us! They first vended with us in the winter of 2017 and we are thrilled to have them back for the spring! From their mouths: "We are an all-natural grooming company that strives to provide quality products like our Grandpa’s always used." That sounds pretty nice to us! Keep up with Like Grandpa's progress on instagram/twitter (@likegrandpa) and read on down below to see what has been inspiring Ken and Keenyn to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
LGS: Our own need for quality products that doesn’t irritate our skin. Knowing where our products are made and supporting local!

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
LGS: More scents in the current products as well as a potential womens line!

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
LGS: A women’s line!

Do yourself a favour and head on over to www.likegrandpa.com to see Like Grandpa's full line!

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Freshen Up Your Sock Collection with Urban Drawer Designs

There's a uniquely satisfying feeling you get from throwing on a snappy pair of socks that you just KNOW people are going to notice and love. Natalie and Vanessa, sisters and co-creators of Urban Drawer Designs - an Edmonton based sock and accessories company - make exactly those socks! They first joined us at Bison in December of 2016, and we are proud to have them vend with us again this spring! You can catch up with Urban Drawer's progress on instagram/twitter (@shopurbandrawer) and read on down below to see what's been inspiring the sisters to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
UBD: It’s a creative outlet that brings joy.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
UBD: We have four new crew sock designs. We are also bringing some new cactus designed ankle socks and 3 other ankle sock designs for summer.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
UBD: We have some new design ideas inspired by the symmetry of nature and geometric shapes. For example, the exterior of a pineapple, inspired one of our upcoming designs. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
UBD: One of our creative crushes is Christopher Niemann. We are admiring his Sunday sketches and his ability to incorporate everyday objects into them. Brilliant!

Head on over to www.shopurbandrawer.com to see the rest of Urban Drawers wonderful collection.

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Get Lost in the Vibrant Patterns of Mezzaluna Studio

Full disclosure: our intrepid content manager Kyle wrote this post!

Vikki Wiercinski, designer at Mezzaluna Studio, is also Royal Bison's boss lady and a helluva wonderful human. Her first Bison as a vendor was in the Spring of 2008 and we are celebrating her ten year anniversary – CUE THE CONFETTI CANON!!! Mezzaluna Studio is all about bold colour and the joy of abstract pattern. It started a side project when Vikki was a full-time graphic designer many moons ago. The project was a runaway train and she now reimagines mid-century themes for modern times on fabric and paper on most days, earning her 2017's Maker of the Year award from Western Living magazine. You can keep up with Vikki's progress on instagram and read on down below to climb into the mind of one of Edmo's brightest creative stars:

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
VIKKI: I really can't imagine any other kind of life for myself. I've been drawing since I was little, went to an arts high school and straight into art/design school after that. I love the mix of ideas, experimentation, aesthetics and business brains it takes to have a go at being a maker and designer - it gets me up in the morning. Offering people a way to easily inject some joy into their everyday through textiles and home furnishings is a dream job and I'm so happy to be able to do it. Sometimes I have to really stop and absorb that this is the life I've managed to make for myself!


RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
VIKKI: I'm working on more paper goods - I've got a brand new perpetual calendar, and coming soon is a blank recipe book and some large prints of my more well-known patterns. I would love to design duvet covers and wallpapers...

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
VIKKI: I always have more patterns and colourways cooking, and ideas for all sorts of  different mediums (pillows, duvet covers, paper prints, rugs, it goes on). I am going to visit Australia for a month this summer, and I can't wait to soak up the design scene in Melbourne - they might be as crazy about patterns over there as I am.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
VIKKI: Heavyhitters: Atelier Bingo, Inaluxe, Lucienne Day and Maija Louekari/Marimekko. Closer to home: Loyal Loot, Division 12, and every single Royal Bison maker who shows up to the fair with a fresh new design experiment to show the world. There is so much to take inspiration from...

You can find the full breadth of Vikki's vibrant work online at www.mezzalunastudio.ca

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