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Kalika Bowlby Helps Slow Down A Busy World.

Kalika Bowlby, ceramic artist and designer, first joined Bison in 2015 and is joining us again for Spring 2018 and we are so excited to have her join us again! Kalika had this to say about her work: "I make pots for every day, for simple meals and grand feasts, morning coffee or tea with friends, handmade contemporary ceramics with a focus on simplicity and functionality." Uggghhh.. That just sounds so APPEALING. We love it! Keep up with Kalika's progress on instagram (@kalikabowlby) and read on down below to see what's been inspiring her to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
KALIKA: I make objects to slow us down in a busy world. They are objects that invite us to set the table, take time to prepare and share a meal, reminders that eating and drinking can nourish us on many levels, objects to help us celebrate the simple, beautiful moments of every day.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
KALIKA: I have a new line of white minimalist tableware.  It is a celebration of timelessness and simplicity.  

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
KALIKA: I am currently working on a project titled “Hold Water”.  I’m developing a series of glazes from locally harvested river clay and using it on the surface of large forms that “hold water”, bringing attention to the preciousness of our water sources.  

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
KALIKA: A couple contemporary ceramic makers that I really admire and am constantly inspired by are Mike Helke and Giselle Hicks.

www.kalika.ca <<< Head on over to Kalika's portfolio site to see her full portfolio of work!

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Facilitating Deep Discussions via Ryspot Design

Ryan Spotowski, of Ryspot Design, first joined us in 2017 and he's back to bring us some thoughtfully designed concrete pieces. Ryspot Design creates new perceptions of our urban environments. These provoking objects are wonderful talking pieces and OFTEN have people needing to touch them to really feel their full depth. We're super excited to have Ryan vending with us again! You can keep up with Ryspot's progress on instagram/twitter (@ryspot) and do read on down below to get a better understanding of what inspires Ryan to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
RYSPOT: It’s how I have a conversation with others.  I like to talk by making things.  My design is my voice.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
RYSPOT: I’m incorporating more recycled materials for my core tables and terrazzo products.  They’re also a new line of terrazzo products.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018? 
RYSPOT: Keep pursuing recycled materials, but also working on how objects can help to facilitate difficult conversations. I’m frustrated with how combative we’ve become as social groups that live in our own little bubbles. I hope people can still talk to people they disagree with and have a respectful conversation. Design can help with those conversations by becoming a common reference point.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
RYSPOT: My cupboards are full of mugs by Stranger Goods and Sam Knopp.

Check out Ryan's full line of beautiful design work at www.ryspot.design

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Get Lost in the Vibrant Patterns of Mezzaluna Studio

Full disclosure: our intrepid content manager Kyle wrote this post!

Vikki Wiercinski, designer at Mezzaluna Studio, is also Royal Bison's boss lady and a helluva wonderful human. Her first Bison as a vendor was in the Spring of 2008 and we are celebrating her ten year anniversary – CUE THE CONFETTI CANON!!! Mezzaluna Studio is all about bold colour and the joy of abstract pattern. It started a side project when Vikki was a full-time graphic designer many moons ago. The project was a runaway train and she now reimagines mid-century themes for modern times on fabric and paper on most days, earning her 2017's Maker of the Year award from Western Living magazine. You can keep up with Vikki's progress on instagram and read on down below to climb into the mind of one of Edmo's brightest creative stars:

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
VIKKI: I really can't imagine any other kind of life for myself. I've been drawing since I was little, went to an arts high school and straight into art/design school after that. I love the mix of ideas, experimentation, aesthetics and business brains it takes to have a go at being a maker and designer - it gets me up in the morning. Offering people a way to easily inject some joy into their everyday through textiles and home furnishings is a dream job and I'm so happy to be able to do it. Sometimes I have to really stop and absorb that this is the life I've managed to make for myself!


RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
VIKKI: I'm working on more paper goods - I've got a brand new perpetual calendar, and coming soon is a blank recipe book and some large prints of my more well-known patterns. I would love to design duvet covers and wallpapers...

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
VIKKI: I always have more patterns and colourways cooking, and ideas for all sorts of  different mediums (pillows, duvet covers, paper prints, rugs, it goes on). I am going to visit Australia for a month this summer, and I can't wait to soak up the design scene in Melbourne - they might be as crazy about patterns over there as I am.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
VIKKI: Heavyhitters: Atelier Bingo, Inaluxe, Lucienne Day and Maija Louekari/Marimekko. Closer to home: Loyal Loot, Division 12, and every single Royal Bison maker who shows up to the fair with a fresh new design experiment to show the world. There is so much to take inspiration from...

You can find the full breadth of Vikki's vibrant work online at www.mezzalunastudio.ca

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Prospero Pottery Brings Us Some Timeless and Utilitarian Pieces

Eryn Prospero, of Prospero Pottery, is joining us for her first ever Bison and we are so happy to have her vending with us! Eryn makes utilitarian pottery for everyday use in the busy kitchen.  Mainly on the wheel, she creates timeless pieces that will quickly become the favourite in your cupboard. You can keep up with Eryn's progress on instagram (@erynprosperopottery) and do yourself a favour and read on down below to see what inspires Eryn to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things? 
ERYN: I love handmade things, and creating value is very important to me. I love making pottery that brings people joy in their everyday lives. Be it their favourite mug for coffee or simply a bowl they go to everyday. Designing simple shapes that are durable and comfortable is important to me!!

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
ERYN: Im always thinking of how to improve my efficiency and try to create more pieces every year. I always try to find a new interesting shape or glaze to add into my line of work.  Its quite the process, but worth it...Freshness for spring!!

RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
ERYN: I would like to show my work in more places and create a name for my self by showcasing my work at new shows. I'm excited to be apart of the Bison this spring.  Bringing pottery to the people one show at a time.

Q: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
ERYN: There are so many makers and fellow art peers that inspire me. Kalika Bowlby and Kat Cadegan are two woman that inspire me. With their hard work and excellent business sense.

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Unique, Time-Travelling, Well-Made Ceramics: Stranger Design

Stranger Design is a ceramics company that creates house ware product that are unique, designed, and from the future: in other words, STRANGE. Molly Bradford, operator of Stranger Design, joined us before in December 2017 and was a comfortable fit. Her use of colours and texture on ceramics was mesmerising. We are elated to have her back! You can keep up with Molly's day-to-day design life on instagram (@stranger_design_) and read on down below to see who Molly's designer/maker/creative crushes are! ♥♥♥

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Q: What draws you to making/designing things?
SD: I like to make, just to see what might happen.

Q: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
SD: For Spring I’ve been focusing on a lot of vases and flower pots with minimal decoration.

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Q: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018:
SD: This year I want to stretch my hand building muscles and use a slab roller to create some new forms.

Q: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes: 
SD: I don’t think I would be alone in admitting my huge crush on potter Helen Levi and her pal, woodworker, Ariele Alasko. Also, Eric Roinestad is practically a potter from outer space and I love his work. It looks like a bunch of perfect shapes glued together, but very elegant.

You can find the rest of Molly's breathtaking work online at www.stranger-design.squarespace.com

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