Maria Arseniuk, creator of Femmebroidery, began embroidery at age 9, but really kicked off a career in 2014-2015. Her works focus has been Intersectional Feminism, girl-power, and social justice messaging and Maria has gotten some incredible attention with her concept. This will be Maria's first Royal Bison on the November weekend and we are SO excited to have such an amazing woman in our midst! You can follow Maria on Instagram to get regular updates on her work and make sure to read on down below to see what inspires her in our Q&A:
Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
FB: Well, I’m actually based in Calgary but for me, a big part of being a maker in Alberta is challenging traditional prairie conservatism with bold and impactful statements. I’m hoping to have a small part in making Edmonton weird.
Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
FB: Intersectional feminism, contemporary pop culture and politics.
Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
FB: First timer here! But I’m really looking forward to scoring some cards by Homework Letter Press, patches from Hamburger Hands, and soaps by Boreal Folk.
You can find more of Maria's work online at femmebroidery.etsy.com and check out this collection of articles written about her work, including: Fempotential, Paper & Landscapes, A Quarter Young, Three Snails, Avenue Calgary, and My Modern Met.