Veteran Bison vendor and maker extraordinaire Kristine MacDonald of Smithstine Copper is back for another round of the Bison, and we couldn’t be happier. It’s been such a treat to see her work grow over the years, and we’re ultra excited about her new foray into enamelled copper work!
“Smithstine is a one-woman coppersmithing studio specializing in prairie and Rocky mountain inspired jewelry and accessories. Each piece is designed, sawn out, etched, polished and assembled by hand here in Edmonton.”
What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?
A tiny copper circle with a shed sawn out of it and 3D Northern lights soldered on. It was very gnarly and I still have it!
What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?
Sometimes the hardest part is staying motivated when working from home. It can be tempting to sleep in or do housework instead of work work during the day.
How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?
I find that planning trips away helps motivate me. I think “If you work really hard for the next two weeks, you can take a week long road trip and hardly think about emails and taxes.” I also gather a lot of inspiration when I travel to new places and I come home inspired and ready to create!
Describe your current creative process in 3 words.
Wander, imagine, actualize.
\ \ \ BONUS QUESTION / / /
If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?
Name? Franklin & Baffin (kitties)
Age? Not sure, they were both adopted from the wild
Any distinct personality trait of theirs?
Franklin loves to wrap his little arms around your neck and nuzzle in at bed time. He’s a major cuddler. Baffin is a wild woman and can leap really high in the air.