New vendor alert! Stephen Ferris of Lidless Eye Illustration is a long-time shopper at the Royal Bison, but a first-time vendor, and we’re so excited to welcome him to the other side! Stephen describes his work as “a body of small-scale works that I have been creating over the last 4 months. The pieces in this series are a little bit random; I normally work on larger-scale paintings that require a lot of research and planning, but being able to work on smaller pieces allows me to quickly explore my own strange idiosyncrasies in a non-objective, black-and-white fashion.” Catch him at the Bison from December 7-9, Follow Stephen on Instagram (@stephendferris) and read on to find out what inspires him!
Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Lidless Eye: I got into art and design later in life and I feel like I’m making up for lost time. I find it to be a very meditative as a decompressing experience. Listening to endless amounts of music while working on something new definitely inspires me and I try to melt it into my work.
RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
LE: I’m going small scale for Royal Bison and will be showcasing all my new creations for the event. There will be hundreds of ink on raw-birch, original illustrations, etchings, prints, and a few trinkets.
RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
LE: I’m self-taught; I didn’t go to art school and I learn at my own pace. My style is a natural progression of exploration and refinement. My work is highly chaotic and calculated all at the same time.
RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
LE: Getting involved with Harcourt House this year was definitely a highlight for me. I’ve exhibited in their incubator gallery, and I’ve volunteered there as well. It’s a great community that is artist-run. Outside of that, I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know different online art communities. I got used to the online route when I was living in Northern B.C. and struggled with dealing with the solitude and limitations of showing artwork there when I first started out. It really has allowed me to reach outside on a broader, global scale. I fail miserably at going out very often to experience the art and music scenes in Edmonton. I usually go to the galleries in Edmonton every couple of years and check out the odd music or arts festival.
RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
LE: Anatoly TimoFeevich Fomenko, Clint Fulkerson, Jack Shadbolt, Jean Giraud (Mobius), and K.Vansteenbergen.
RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
LE: I have a few, I try to make a massive painting over the holidays and catch up with the luxury of cable television at my parents. Other then that, we order pizza and watch Seinfeld in the living room (no airing of grievances, unfortunately, I think we turned out all right).