BESPOKE

Sylvia Soo Leather: Small-Batch & Bespoke Leather Goods

We're so jazzed to welcome back designer and leatherworker Sylvia Soo! Her leather goods are designed and created in her Edmonton studio in small batches. Her growing and evolving collection focuses on artisan craftsmanship, minimalism, and clean lines. Catch her at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow her on Instagram (@SylviaSooLeather) to see more of her beautiful and bespoke pieces and read on to learn what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Sylvia Soo Leather:
Creating leather goods is like putting together a really interesting 3D puzzle. There are so many pieces to put together and if all the small parts and solutions come together properly, it feels so good. 

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
SSL:
Customers can enjoy a bespoke experience with a selection of items this season, our Box Bag being one of them. The Box Bag allows for complete customization. It is a unique experience in which clients can choose everything from the colour of the leather to the colour of the suede lining, down to the finish on the bag's five feet. We are offering loads of customization options such as monogramming on most of our leathers, and a variety of (colour through) edge paint options. Gift cards will be available for those who may wish to pass on an extra special gift to someone special. 

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
SSL:
We invest a lot in researching and sourcing quality proven materials (such as our French and German threads, and our Italian edge paints). A lot of thought is put into designing our products, and a lot of time is put into creating them.  Our designs are minimalist in nature, which means every detail must be considered. We believe our designs to be unique, elegant, and timeless.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
SSL:
Edmonton has a unique creative community. I truly love being a part of it. 

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
SSL:
Sam Knopp of Sam Knopp Ceramics: one of her mugs has become a part of my daily morning ritual. Rachel Beyer of Grit and Grain: I am a collector of her adorable wooden utensils. 

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us? 
SSL:
Growing up, we didn't have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays. Now that my siblings and I have all grown up, our favourite holiday tradition is creating a holiday tradition for our families.

Visit Sylvia Soo Leather’s website to view more of what she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.SylviaSooLeather.com

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Woodwork With A Skate Influence = AdrianMartinus Custom Woodworking

Adrian Martinus Custom Woodworking is the Calgary, Alberta based studio/workshop of brothers Adrian and Martinus Pool. Working primarily with rescued and reclaimed wood, the duo creates unique furniture designs, interior installations, and creative objects. Their work can be found in private homes, retail spaces, creative studios, and corporate environments. The duo started making serious effort together in 2013 and joined us for their first Bison in 2014. They'll be joining us again for the December weekend of our fair and we cannot wait to catch up with em!! Follow the brothers work online on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see what inspires them to create:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
AMCW: That you probably live in Edmonton? We live in Calgary but always look forward to coming up for the Bison and seeing what awesome work everyone is doing and having dinner at The Next Act.

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

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
AMCW: A mountain monster for our niece from Mountains & Monsters!

Check out www.adrianmartinus.com to see their full collection before swinging by the fair to see it all in person! NOTE: AdrianMartinus has been on WesternLivings designer of the year shortlist for the last three years in Eco design, Industrial Design and Furniture Design. We know they'll end up taking the big prize sooner than later, their work is bonkers good!

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Get Off The Grid With Treibholz Designs

Markus Roth and Loni Johnson, of Treibholz Designs, have been experimenting with leather and wood since August 2014. Their quality is made obvious by the precision and functionality rendered in every piece.  Their values strongly lie in tradition and quality, the driving force behind everything they do. The two work together from their studio in Kelowna BC, to bring you heirloom quality, leather pieces. They'll be joining us for our November weekend of the fair and you can keep up with their fascinating lives on instagram / facebook. We're really looking forward to having their folksy charm around!

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Everything they do has seen hours of dedication and every material that they use is top notch. Exploration was what first brought the two together, what spawned their dream of Treibholz, and what drives them forward today.

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This March they started an adventure of turning a regular old school bus into a tiny home/studio on wheels! Their goal for the Spring is to have their new wheels fully renovated into a functioning work/living space. Being nomads has taught them how to live modestly, use only what they need and to always support what’s local and authentic.

Head on over to www.treibholz-designs.com to check out their full site and its beautiful shop!

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Jotting Down Notes With Cyanotype Paper Goods

Janelle Holod, owner and operator of Cyanotype Paper Goods, creates gorgeously bound noteboooks. She has this to say about her craft: "I make handmade notebooks in small editions, curating materials to make functional, beautiful books! Pattern, texture, and colour all come together to make each notebook satisfying to hold and use. The hardcover coptic books are sturdy, and open flat for drawing or sketching. The softcover cashiers are slim and lightweight, making them perfect for a purse or pocket. Each book has 60lb paper in a dot grid finish, perfect for drawing, writing, or bullet journaling. Making small editions of prints means I'm continually looking for new patterns and textures and bringing in fresh stock!" Janelle has been creating since 2016 and is joining us for the first time for both weekends of our fair and we're all very excited to see her work! You can check out what she's up to on a regular basis by following her on instagram / twitter and read on on down below to see what inspires her in our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
A: Making here gives me so much freedom to try different things. The community is incredibly supportive, which makes it easy to try new or weird things and find your niche.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
A: Plants and botanicals are one of my biggest sources of inspiration, I choose a lot of florals when I am looking for paper. Surface designs are another big one, I love the variety of patterns and textures people make. Lastly, journaling and list making - it's the only thing that keeps me organized, so I try to make products that are satisfying to work with.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
A: Beton Brut earrings! I have the 8mm studs and wear them pretty much every day.

Head on over to www.cyanotypepapergoods.com to check out her online shop and do yourself a favour and head on over to the Edmonton Made Gift Catalogue feature of her work here.

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I mean... C'mon, that's just gorgeous!

I mean... C'mon, that's just gorgeous!