Big, Bold, n Beautiful Hassiblad Photography by JimShootsFilm

**EDITORS NOTE: This was writtten by Bison's intrepid content writer KYLE SCHNEIDER

Jim Johansson, aka JimShootsFilm, has been a huge part of Bison for around 6 or 7 years now, heroically letting everyone in the bigger room know when the market is over so folks can pack it up and count their gigantic sacks of moneys! We love Jim's work and it is so fascinating to see his work in a stunning large format. This is what Jim has to say of his work: "I am a photographer drawn to the margins of places, people, and things. I shoot only on film, using two old (and handsome) Swedish Hasselblad cameras." You can keep up with Jim's progress on instagram/twitter (@jimshootsfilm) and read on down below to get a glimpse of what inspires our Jim to create!


RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
JIM: I think, in the end, I equate photography with exploration. Exploration of new places, new things, new people, new aspects of the otherwise familiar. Taking photos is a giant shot of dopamine to the never-satisfied exploratory part of my brain.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
JIM: I've been experimenting lately with printing my photos in a really large format, using super lo-fi techniques. Working with a local print shop, I've figured out how to print three-foot-square black and white prints using an architectural plotter, which is certainly not designed to print photos. The results are these really satisfying, grainy giant prints that work so well with black and white film photos.

RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
JIM: Playing more with these really large format prints. How big can I make them? Oh, and a trip to Australia in June - I can't wait to explore/photograph the outback.


RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
JIM: This may sound weird and unrelated, but I've really been into 70s French philosophy and theory. I love the work of Michel Foucault and Michel de Certeau and it has really impacted the way I think about power and resistance, two themes that come up a lot in my photography. Their work has helped me place it all within an endlessly fascinating theoretical framework. Oh, and I absolutely love the work of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. I swear every single shot he's ever taken makes me drool. <<< head on over to Jim's portfolio site to check out the rest of his stunning work!


Take Your Home From Drab To Fab With Cool Factory!

Genevieve Ongaro, of creative brand Cool Factory, has this to say of her project: "I make metallic animal magnets; they are plastic toy animals that I cut in half, spray paint, and glue on magnets. They are quirky and fun, come in gold, silver, and copper, and small and large sizes. I love that the metallic spray paint accentuates the detail of the toys, and allows them to transcend their original purpose; they instantly become classy yet still fun and versatile!" Genevieve first started making in 2014 and first joined us at Bison in 2015. Cool Factory will be selling her goods with us again for the December weekend of our fair and we couldn't be more excited!! You can follow along Genevieve's progress with Cool Factory on instagram (@genevieveongaro) and read on down below to see what inspires her to create!


Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
CF: For me, this means being able to experiment and collaborate, while also having various outlets to showcase and share my work! Edmonton is a very quirky and accepting community which makes it easy to put yourself out there and fearlessly try new things.

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Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
CF: Nature and the outdoors are huge for me, as are all things cute and tiny. I love tiny things. Current human influences would be graphic designer/letterer Corina Nika (of the Cocorrina blog) and teeny tiny ceramicist Danielle Pedersen.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
CF: Probably my Sylvia Soo card holder…it’s my fave and I carry it around with me every day.

Cool Factory will be joining us for the December weekend of our fair and you can check out the full collection of Genevieve's work by heading on over to

Cool Factory big-boss,&nbsp;Genevieve Ongaro

Cool Factory big-boss, Genevieve Ongaro