We’re excited to welcome back Jennifer Wilde of 559 Toys to the fair with her adorable toys for the young ones in your life! She designs and makes fun, modern (and safe) toys for babies and small children. Her toys that help the brains and bodies of little ones, but also look good enough to keep out when company comes over. Catch her at the Royal Bison from December 7-9, follow them on Instagram (@play559) and Twitter (@play559) to see more of her work, and read on to learn what inspires her!
Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
559 Toys: A compulsion for beauty and order, I think. With the toys, it was just an extension of that: why can't we provide useful and beautiful things to babies, too?
RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
5T: We've some some sweet sales planned for our shows, as well as some new colours on old favourites, like our rattles and sensory blankets.
RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
5T: That we care equally about things looking good, helping the development of kids, and being safe.
RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
5T: It's amazing how at home I feel in a space with other creative makers. It's a feeling of freedom and acceptance that I just don't get at the mall, ha!
RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
5T: Not going to lie, I've been on a personal social media break this year, and it's definitely impacted the amount of exposure I have to other makers. Just glancing around my home, I see lovely things made by LoveMaking Designs, Terre Firma Pottery, and a lot of art by my kids.
RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
5T: We celebrate Christmas Eve with a simple and humble (yet delicious) meal to be able to properly reflect on the season. Usually it takes the form of a charcuterie sort of deal, but we're really intentional about it not introducing more seasonal stress into our home.