One thing Edmonton does exceptionally well is concrete, don’t you think? But beyond our penchant for brutalist architecture, Edmonton has produced a pleasant handful of concrete-focused designers. Beton Brut is a perfect example. Maker Amanda Nogier has since moved back to her hometown of Saskatoon, but she honed her concrete craft right here in YEG.
“Béton Brut makes concrete jewelry and objects inspired by the exploratory aesthetic of brutalist architecture. We are about experimenting and moving beyond the boundaries of what is established as a plain material.”
What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?
I made a bunch of concrete coasters for my first Bison, but I started with simple slabs in a furniture piece as my very first concrete pours and quickly learned how to play and experiment in new ways with the material.
What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?
Charging appropriately for my work.
How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?
I think of and remind myself of all the people and retailers that do believe in my work. I remember through that, that my work has value and people are more than happy to support that.
Describe your current creative process in 3 words.
knot, play, voila!
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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?
I play with everyone else’s studio kitties until I can get my own :D :D :D