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Emily Chu: Playful & Clever Prints & Cards

A Bison regular since 2014, Emily Chu likes to create clever and playful illustrations as prints and products. Her products include original paintings, prints, seasonal greeting cards, comics, t-shirts, and enamel pins to name a few. Catch her at the Bison both weekends, follow her on Instagram (@heyemilychu) and Twitter (@heyemilychu) to enjoy more of her work and read on to find out what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Emily Chu:
I look at art and creativity as just problem solving, and I love challenges and puzzles of all sorts. For me, creating clever and funny images is really enjoyable because I get to figure out how to best communicate a joke, or tell it in a new way. I am also an optimist, so I know that there is always a solution, which makes the brainstorming process even more exciting!

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
EC:
I am hoping to bring a whole new line of products to my markets this season! As for prints, I am hoping to cut down on my current inventory and bring in a new selection of paintings and risograph prints. With the success of my rose gold Mercat pin from the spring market, I am also very excited to launch 5 new enamel pins this holiday. On top of that, I am working on a number of potential new products: tote bags, new t-shirts, new Christmas cards, magnets, stickers, and maybe even some original painted nesting dolls!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
EC:
I think the tone of my products are quite goofy and strange. Although I keep content lighthearted, I still take the illustration and design side very seriously. The humour is just like a little extra cherry on top. I figure that if my art can make people laugh (but still be nice enough to be hung on a wall), then the whole process from design to selling at markets is much more enjoyable for everyone.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
EC:
I love Edmonton, and a lot of that is because of The Royal Bison and the local community of organizers, artists, and arts supporters. I came to Edmonton in 2011, and when I found this unique market in 2014, things finally began to fall into place. I've decided to call Edmonton my home because of its supportive and kind arts community.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
EC:
Ooof, where do I start? I'm still trying to find my own voice, so lately I have been quite inspired by many Asian illustrators such as Doris Liou, Rachel Wada, and Joohee Yoon. I love how they are able to take aesthetics as well as nostalgia from their cultures/childhood, which is something that I aspire to do in my future personal work. I also love the work of American illustrator Carson Ellis and Mexican tattoo artist Luxiano. 

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
EC:
Family-wise, not really. We only mildly celebrate Christmas. But personally, I like to go on a super long walk with my dog on Christmas Day. He also gets a real meal ;)

Visit Emily Chu’s website to check out more of her work that she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: heyemilychu.com

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Stephanie Simpson: Bright, Alberta-Inspired Illustrations

An Edmonton-based illustrator, who’s also an occasional photographer and filmmaker, Stephanie Simpson creates bright, simple illustrations inspired by Alberta. Her work features images that could be imagined in national parks, city landmarks, and local plants and animals. Catch her at the Bison both weekends, follow her on Instagram (@stephanie.illustrates) to see more of her playful and beautiful illos and read on to discover what inspires her art!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Stephanie Simpson:
Equal parts habit and curiosity: I’ve been making things long before anyone paid me to do it, and when I see a new medium, I almost always want to give it a try (no guarantee that I’ll do it well, alas, but I try nevertheless!).

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
SS:
I have six new Canadian animal illustrations, a couple of Edmonton maps, and a series of fairly minimalist Canadian landscapes. In an ideal world, I’ll also have a few new national park scenes ready for Bison and maybe some little ceramics too!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
SS:
My colour choices get a lot of comments from customers (two of my most popular prints are a neon pink and red bison, and a rainbow-coloured illustration of the Muttart Conservatory).

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community, or whichever community you call home?
SS:
I think it’s a pretty special time to be a part of the Edmonton creative community for a couple of reasons. First up, it’s packed with people who are not only passionate about their work and incredibly skilled at what they do, but are also warm and funny and generous with their time and knowledge. Second, there are so many individuals, businesses, and organizations who are excited about promoting and supporting Edmonton-based makers and artists.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
SS:
I loved following Amy Dixon’s adventures painting her way around Europe and Emily Chu’s on-location sketching around Edmonton. How are these two so productive??

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
SS:
My family and I celebrate Christmas, and we’re all about the quality stocking (where each stocking is topped with a different tropical fruit. Not sure how this became our tradition, but it is!). 

Visit Stephanie Simpson’s website to see more of her work that she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.stephsimpson.ca

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Stranger Studio: Funky Ceramics Factory

Molly Bradford of Stranger Studio is back at the Bison with her eclectic mix of ceramic pots, dishes, and sculptures! Not only does her work make great gifts, but you may want to treat yourself to a cool ceramic to make a great conversation starter during your holiday dinner. She describes her business as “a one-woman funky factory for ceramics.” Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, Follow her on Instagram (@stanger__studio) to see more of her work and read on to discover what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What’s new for your line or business this season?
Stranger Studio:
I’ve been experimenting with new shapes in more neutral colours.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
SS:
I think my work has a sense of humour about it. Like some of these pieces might waltz away and have their own Netflix comedy special if I’m not paying attention.

RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
SS:
Very lucky. Last night when I was driving home I saw a bumper sticker that read: “Edmonton: if you don’t like then f*** right off.” It really gave me the feels.

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RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
SS:
Right now I’m crushing hard on Julian Watts. He works with wood primarily, but you wouldn’t be able to tell because his pieces are so weird looking and organic. The textures always blow me away.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
SS:
My favourite thing to do over Christmas holidays is to drink wine while doing a puzzle and watching movie marathons.

Visit Stranger Studio’s website to see more of what they’re bringing to the Royal Bison: https://strangerstudio.ca/

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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!

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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.

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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.

www.annetranholm.com << 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!

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