Art by Heather Simonsmeier

Heather Simonsmeier made her Bison debut at the Winter 2018 event, and we’re delighted to have her back for another round of the fair. We love our printmakers here in Edmonton, and we really cannot wait to see her new prints (and graphite works)!

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?


A hard question for me to answer as an artist who’s been drawing most of her life! Skipping all of my young childhood, my first realism drawing commission was a huge milestone for me, and it was for a super supportive teacher in High School. That commission started me on this whole path! I was then introduced to printmaking in University and fell in love with the process. My first print was a silkscreen print of some abstract drawings and textures thrown together.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?


One of the hardest challenges for me personally is finding balance between being a maker and personal life. Being self-employed means creating boundaries for when to work and when to take time off but that can be hard to do. For example, when I have deadlines and I go out to an event or social gathering I often feel guilty for not working on my project during that time even though it might be an evening or weekend and I could use the break. On the other hand, working at home creates a lot of opportunities for procrastination with personal chores, like laundry.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?


Creating a more concrete ‘work schedule’ and having my SO and friends help keep me accountable. My goal is to also have a more separated work studio, so working towards that is a motivator!

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.


Meditative, Observational, Inquisitive