The Exit Workshop is all about getting outside and having a good time! Gina Hargreaves has been making the mountains her playground since she was young, and her handmade toques, scarves, blankets, and more will help you do the same! Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, Follow Exit Workshop on Instagram (@the.exit.workshop) and Twitter (@exitbeanies) to see more of their work and read on to see what inspires Gina!
Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Exit Workshop: I love the challenge of working with the unknown and learning to tame unfamiliar materials. I also really, really love colour so whenever I get to work with bright colours and cool patterns, I get really excited.
RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
EW: For this season’s Bison I’m excited to be bringing handmade leather mittens! Since I started Exit, people have asked me if I make gloves and my answer has always been a firm, “No.” The thought of knitting or crocheting gloves has never really sparked a flame for me, so it hasn’t been something I’ve ever pursued. BUT last year I decided it was time to figure this whole glove thing out, on my own terms. So I’ve spent the last little while developing a pattern and exploring different materials for the gloves and they’re sure to keep your hands warm all winter!
RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
EW: I’m not really sure to be honest. haha! I think my love of bright colours is pretty evident in the work that I do. I’m also not formally trained in design or business, so I can bring different perspectives to my creative work. My biggest goal is to make functional things that are easy to use and that also stand the test of time, regardless of a user’s ability, which is probably influenced by my training as an OT now that I think about it. In any case, I’m always aware of ease-of-use and aesthetic when it comes to my stuff, so there is a lot of thought that goes into everything that I make.
RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
EW: It’s an exciting thing to see new ideas take form, and it’s pretty special to share that experience with other makers. There’s so much great energy to be found in any creative community whether it’s in a small town like Revelstoke (my new home) or a bigger centre like Edmonton (my original home), there’s always something new and meaningful taking shape.
RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
EW: Tooooooooooo many!! I’m really pumped on what Molly is doing with Stranger Design, her ceramics are magic. Andreas Samuelsson is another favourite, as is George Greaves – great graphic/visual design.
RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
EW: Honestly my favourite holiday tradition is eating bacon sandwiches and sipping stovetop-perc coffee on Christmas morning with my parents and sister. It’s the greatest.