BEAUTY

Rosa & Lilium Apothecary: Natural, Handmade Bath Products

Lindsay Jones and Carly Zaraska are a powerful duo. Their friendship began in 2011 while completing their Bachelor of Education degrees. Combining their passions for education, sustainability, and natural beauty products led them to branch out and join forces to launch a brand they could stand behind; Rosa & Lilium Apothecary is a line of eco-conscious bath and body products crafted by hand in Alberta. Catch them at the Bison both weekends, Follow them on Instagram at (@rosaliliumapothecary) and read on to learn what inspires them!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Rosa & Lilium Apothecary:
Purpose. Both of us feel most like ourselves when we are creating something with our hands. There is something very satisfying about making something from what initially seems to be nothing. When you are done, you have a product that is aesthetically pleasing, has utility, and brings yourself and others joy. The process gives us purpose.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
RLA:
We are so pumped to be expanding our home goods! Last season, we introduced eco-soy wax candles. This time around we are adding our custom scent-blend incense sticks.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
RLA:
We are a modern apothecary. We aim to create products that will look beautiful sitting by your sink, next to your bathtub, on the shelves throughout your home, as well as make you feel beautiful in all those spaces. Our hope is that our products appeal to a variety of your senses and leave you feeling like the space you exist in is one you would never want to leave. 

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
RLA:
We LOVE it. Edmonton has a special charm, unlike anywhere else either of us have lived or travelled to. We feel lucky to be part of it all.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
RLA:
Locally, we have always drawn inspiration from our gals Malorie Urbanovitch and Vikki Wiercinski. They are badass. Fearless. And oh so talented. Internationally, we are obsessed with all things Nordic. They have everything “lifestyle” (aka Hygge) figured out. 

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
RLA:
We truly love the time with our families. It is the one time each year where everyone gets together, squishes into one big room, and enjoys food (so. much. food.), stories from “back in the day,” and we all get to relax. 

Visit Rosa & Lilium Apothecary’s website to see more of what they’re bringing to the Royal Bison: www.rosaliliumapothecary.com

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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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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:

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

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