The Alberta Yarn Project is a worker’s co-operative run by Kalea Turner-Beckman, Anna Davidson, and Alliston Findlay. They are committed to making yarn produced in Alberta accessible to the people of Alberta, and crafters everywhere. Even though there is a lot of yarn being processed, spun, painted, and dyed in our province, too often crafters in Edmonton are working with yarns from far away - and maybe not ethically made. They first joined us in 2014 and are back again for our November weekend - and we're super excited to have them! Check them out on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see how they responded to our Q&A:
Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
AYP: It means being able to support the local economy in a grassroots way, including small farms, small mills and home-based yarn designers. Our supply chain is Alberta-based and through our business we get to connect the farmers to the urban crafters.
Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
AYP: Kalea is inspired by Iceland, Anna is inspired by her Mom, Margie for teaching her how to knit socks. Alliston is inspired by designers who aren’t afraid of bring colours.
Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
Kalea loves her Leather purse from Keri V, Anna loves her Plantiful Blossom Body Butter, Alliston loves to browse the market, but can’t recall ever purchasing anything.
You can check out their amazing work on www.albertayarnproject.com and do yourself a favour and check out their shop there for some great deals!