JShine Designs Shares Cree Culture Through Wearable Art

Jessica Sanderson-Barry, of JShine Designs, is bringing her handmade jewelry work to Bison for the first time! You got it folks: NEW VENDOR ALERT!!! *POOSH* (confetti canon goes off). Jessica has this to say about her work "JShine Designs is an Indigenous owned business by Jessica Sanderosn-Barry who is from Treaty 6 Territory James Smith Cree Nation. She hand makes earrings and necklaces using elements from the land such as hides, shells and porcupine quills." You can keep up with Jessica's progress on instagram (@jshinedesigns) and read on down below to find out more about Jessica's process!


RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
JESSICA: As a nehiyaw iskwew ~ Cree woman, my culture was always important to me and to have the opportunity to share my culture through my art is something that I have always had a passion for.  Beading is my medicine, when I bead it feels as though it’s a connection to my late grandmothers.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
JESSICA: I have a passion of designing statement pieces using elements from the land, such as hides, dentalium shells and porcupine quills.  This includes feathers earrings made out of deer hide, buffalo hide and one & two-feathered necklaces, hand beaded earrings and traditionally tanned elk small earrings.  


RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
JESSICA: This year I will be using traditional brain tanned elk hide and using this hide incorporating my hide into different styles of earrings.  If you have not smelled traditionally tanned elk hide, let me tell you it smells amazing and brings me back to the land.  

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
JESSICA: I admired strong Indigenious artist like my late-Great grandmother Jenny Lightning who was a phenominal beader, designer and she traditional tanned her own hides incorporating these hides into her art.

Head on over to to Jessica's instagram (@jshinedesigns) to see her work! 


Exploring Geometric Patterns With Anne Tranholm

Anne Tranholm is a Danish multi-disciplinary artist and stunning designer. She is based out of Calgary AB, and is bringing her mesmerising jewelry to our Spring market! Having first joined us in 2016, we couldn't be happier to have her back. Anne had this to say of her work "I create jewelry pieces inspired by geometric shapes and nature. Each piece is drawn by hand - from the initial designing each shape with pencil and paper to tracing and colouring the final piece with coloured pencil and india ink." You can really see the love and care that go into each piece! WE LOVE EM. You can keep up with Anne's progress on both instagram//twitter (@annetranholm) and you can find out more about what inspires Anne to create by reading on down below!


RB: What draws you to making/designing things? 
ANNE: I believe I have a healthy(?) obsession with creating shapes and finding interesting colour combinations. I will be very observant and see certain shapes and colours in cityscapes and nature. I think it’s a way of taking in my everyday surroundings and abstracting them. O also like the idea of making interesting and different jewelry that will spice up wardrobes (I myself almost wear exclusively black clothes) so making colourful jewelry is a way to add some colour.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
ANNE: I have new earring and necklace designs introduced, matched with some new colour combinations.


RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
ANNE: I hope to develop more shapes, travel more for inspiration and hopefully expand my jewelry line to more shops in Canadaa and across the world. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
ANNE: I am a huge fan of Smithstine Coppers jewelry. I love how she works that copper and owns her skills so amazingly. I also really love Sam Knopp Ceramics and how she uses texture and color to her awesome ceramic work. << head on over to Anne's portfolio site to see all of her amazing work. And make sure to check out her paintings! They're wonderful!


Bold. Beautiful. Beton Brut Design.

Amanda Nogier, of Béton Brut Design, is bringing us her gorgeous concrete work again! We can't wait to see her new pieces. Béton Brut Design is a concrete jewelry and home décor company utilizing handmade and industrial processes. Amanda is one of the most pleasant people on Earth to talk to as well, do yourself a favour and introduce yourself if her booth isn't being swamped with purchases! You can keep up with Béton Brut Designs progress on instagram or twitter (@betonbrutdesign) and keep on reading to see what has been inspiring Amanda to create lately and what she has in store for 2018!


RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
BBD: There is nothing that makes me happier than being able to spend my day designing and working with my hands creating beautiful objects from ordinary materials.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
Now that I have perfected my process I have been hard at work in the studio designing an entire line of new jewelry that utilizes my industrial design background and 3D modelling expertise.


RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
BBD: My 2018 is essentially me just focusing on designing new pieces and experimenting with some new processes that I have already been playing around with over the last couple months. I’m never going to stop pushing myself and my work to new levels and 2018 will be another year of experimenting and testing to make unique pieces unlike anything seen before.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
BBD: Honestly I tend to crush on the people closest to me because there are so many rad people doing amazing things that are right beside me in the markets and shows that I attend. I am lucky to be surrounded by friends who do awesome things!

You can check out the rest of Amanda's amazing portfolio of work by heading on over to


An Ode To Alberta In The Exquisitely Crafted Jewelry Of Smithstine Copper

Smithstine is a one-woman studio creating prairie inspired and custom copper jewelry and accessories. Kristine MacDonald, of Smithstine Copper, has been making jewelry since 2011, first joining us for the holiday season in 2013. "Copper has become my metal of choice because it is soft, shines up beautifully and is not particularly common in jewelry making. My copper designs are mainly prairie related because I appreciate Alberta's diverse features, creatures and landmarks." Kristine will be joining us again for the December weekend of the fair and we're real excited to see her again! Follow her on instagram / twitter to keep up with her new work and read on down below to see how she responded to our Q&A:


Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
SC: It’s a privilege to be an artist in a city with so many creative minds and so many supports in place to help us grow.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
SC: Nature, camping and road trips.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
SC: I love all of my bison treasures! I especially like a large, woven wall hanging that reminds me of the arctic that I picked up a few years ago.

Swing on over to to check out the full shop!

Where the magic happens.

Where the magic happens.

Let Your Creativity Flow With Jennea Frischke Jewelry

Jennea Frischke has been a creative all her life. She's an incredibly talented jewelry maker and the sweetest person you'll ever meet. She had this to say about her craft, "I’ve been making in different capacities for a long time. I started my first business when was 13 - it was a friendship bracelet company called Forget Me Knots. I went to art school right out of high school, and graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design from the Jewellery and Metals Department in 2006 and have been making jewels ever since!" We're so excited to have Jennea Frischke Jewelry back with us for the December weekend of our fair! Head on over to her instagram account (@jenneajewelry) and read on down below to find out how she answered our Q&A:


Q: What does it mean to be an Alberta maker/designer/artist?
JFJ: The creative arts scene in Alberta is very vibrant, and I am lucky to have met many of my closest friends at markets or art events.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
JFJ: Nature, historical jewelry, and the paranormal.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
JFJ: A leather evil eye keychain I have had for several years - I use it every day. :)

Head on over to to check out Jennea's full shop! You will NOT regret it. We're telling ya... She makes really great stuff!


Take a Moment with White Otter Design Co

We are absolutely thrilled to have newcomer Jaymie Campbell, of White Otter Design Co, to the December weekend of the fair! An avid outdoorswoman, paddler, traveler, and photographer, Jaymie is an Anishnaabe hailing from Curve Lake First Nation. She is the Associate Director for the Cree nation in Northern Alberta who has been creating art since she was a small child, learning from her mother who was taught by her grandmothers. Read on to find out more about her process below: 


Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
WODC: I have been creating art since I was a small child. Art runs in my family, and I feel the most connected to my ancestry and the most grounded when I am sewing.

My work is inspired by my Anishnaabe heritage, but is also influenced heavily by the time I have spent with the Cree people of the Rocky Mountains and the Dene people in the North. I am inspired by my grandmothers, who were quillwork artists, my mother, my father, who is a painter. I also owe a massive thank you to the Cree elders who have taught and continue to teach me the old ways, which inspire much of the work I do. I am inspired by the way art connects you to the land and to your culture.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?

  • The land
  • The elders and my ancestors, especially my grandmothers 
  • The youth

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
MODC: I have not yet been to one, I cannot wait!! 

Jaymie is also a collective artist for Byellowtail Collective in the US and a Storyboot artist for Manitobah Mukluks!