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!
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.
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.