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Concrete Cat: Concrete Objets d'Art

A local studio established in 2007, Concrete Cat has been a regular vendor at the Bison since 2011! They’re a team of artists creating sculpture, objects, and architecture. They explore the use of concrete with a focus on colour pattern and form. Catch them at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow them on Instagram (@concretecat) and Twitter (@concretecat) to see more of their work and read on to discover what inspires them to create!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Concrete Cat:
Have to.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
CC:
New colours, patterns, objects, and secrets!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
CC:
We pioneered a new genre 12 years ago. We're one of the oldest studios producing concrete as objet d'art; our work is sold and recognized globally by our unique surface pattern design alone. We do not rest easy on these laurels and take it upon ourselves to always be innovating. No one else combines art and science the way Concrete Cat does.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
CC:
Thankful.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
CC:
Eiichiro Oda's prolific work has long been a source of both inspiration and hope for our work. Our studio wouldn't have been the same without the sounds of Danish musician Dinner. And last but not least the roots of all our pattern and design work can be traced back to the work of Baudrillard and Joseph Campbell.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us? 
CC:
Drink nog, eat chocolate, and play Nintendo. 

Visit Concrete Cat’s website to see more of the work they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: https://concretecat.com/

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Brighten Up Your Day With Hayley Colours Art!

Hayley Andruko, of Hayley Colours Art, is an emerging Edmonton artist and full-time elementary teacher, working mainly with acrylic paint, lino-cut printing, pastels and digital medium. Hayley's art is inspired by nature, incorporating bright colours and geometric shapes with mountain-scapes, floral and anatomical designs. Hayley is new to the Royal Bison family and we're really excited to have her! You can keep up to date with Hayley Colours Art on instagram (@hayleycolours) and read on down below to see what inspires Hayley to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
HAA: Art has always been second-nature to me! I’ve been colouring and painting since I can remember, although only recently started sharing it with the world. I am constantly inspired by bright and beautiful colours, views while travelling, or the creativity and energy of my students at school.    

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
HAA: This spring, I wanted to focus on sharing my art in an affordable and accessible way. I’ve been making prints of my favourite original pieces for fair-goers to take home without breaking the bank. 

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
HAA:Just trying to get myself out there! I love meeting and connecting with other people in the creative community and learning from other experienced artists. Other than that, I’m going to focus on my online-presence and marketing myself to maximize artistic opportunities (that one’s a bit of a chore), as well as work my way through sizable list of commissioned paintings! 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
HAA: I’ve definitely got some artwork from drwbnsn and Hamburger Hands around my apartment from past Royal Bison Fairs (those guys make AMAZING stuff), and I watch Bob Ross videos pretty regularly… 

You can find Hayley's portfolio of work online at www.hayleycolours.com

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Exploring Colours, Patterns, And Form With Canadian Atelier Concrete Cat

Matt & Shawna Heide + Team of Artists/Designers = Concrete Cat: a Canadian studio established in 2007. They explore the use of concrete with a focus on colour, pattern, and form. Concrete Cat produces objet d’art, furniture, sculpture and architectural elements. They first joined us in 2011 and will be with us again this year for the November weekend of this years fair! Do yourself a favour and follow these cats on both their instagram / twitter pages and read on down below to see how they responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
CC: Edmonton has been Canada’s center for oil and gas manufacturing and servicing for decades.  This rich history has laid a foundation for makers in the city that includes skilled labour, access to hi-tech equipment and warehouses holding industrial supplies close by.  The city of Edmonton has been built for the makers to inherit.  

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
CC: Anime, Greek and Roman History, ice cream

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
CC: Papercut Monsters, Erin Greenough illustrations and paper goods

You can find their full collection of work  at www.concretecat.com and check out these incredible articles written about them down below:

Urban Outfitters  
Kelly Behun x Barneys’s 
Sight Unseen article for Kelly Behun x Barney’s Collaboration

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The Concrete Cat Team!

The Concrete Cat Team!