DESIGN

Cyanotype Paper Goods: Plant & Paper Passions

We’re stoked to have Janelle Holod of Cyanotype Paper Goods back at the Bison with all of her pretty paper products! Janelle is passionate about plants, patterns, and paper, and her handmade paper goods and organic illustrations are incredibly eye-catching! Catch her at the Bison from December 7-9, Follow her on Instagram (@CyanotypePaper) and read on to discover where she finds her inspiration!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Cyantope Paper Goods:
Plants are a major source of inspiration for me, but that also applies to everything natural-history-related! I love seeing art, design, and science mixed in projects. I find patterns really comforting to look at and to create.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
CPG:
This year I've introduced new products featuring new patterns! Pocket mirrors, stickers, and gift-wrap sheets.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
CPG:
I take a lot of care creating my products, and I'm selective about my materials in order to have great quality stuff! I also bring unique illustrative qualities to the patterns with which I create my products.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
CPG:
The Edmonton community is so supportive! It's a great place to try new and adventurous things.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
CPG:
Right now I'm really digging Olivia Herricks' stuff and Archer and Olive!

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
CPG:
We do a Friendsmas gift exchange on New Year’s Eve! That way everyone can spend Christmas with their family, and we still all get together.

Visit Cyanotype Paper Goods’ website to see more of what they’re bringing to the Royal Bison: cyanotypepaper.com

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Ryspot Design: Conversational Home Decor

Third-generation concrete craftsman Ryan Spotowski is back at the Royal Bison! His company, Ryspot Design, is focused on creating limited production home goods using non-traditional materials. Catch him at the Bison both weekends, follow Ryan on Instagram (@ryspot) or Twitter (@rypsot) to see more of his work, and read on to discover what inspires the conversational home decor he creates.

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Ryspot Design:
To create conversation. We have become isolated and members of echo chambers; design can change that by providing approachable objects that inspire conversation. Objects can be totems that tell stories, our experiences, and desires. We don’t touch enough of what is real. I want to inspire that connection and get people excited.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
RD:
New terrazzo based pieces. My family has been working with terrazzo for over 60 years and I’ve always been a fan. Terrazzo is more luxurious than concrete, but still has a natural look. I’ve been exploring new ways of processing my materials and playing with textures.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
RD:
Edmonton probably has the most designers who work with concrete in the world, including Concrete Cat and Beton Brut (even though she’s in Saskatchewan now). I think my niche falls in the ability to process concrete and similar materials once it’s cured; to refine the material into something completely different. I’m also exploring resin and waste materials.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
RD:
Edmonton has a strong community of designers and people who are passionate about creating. People get really excited when you tell them you’re creating things; there’s a desire to collaborate and build. It’s less of a gallery-type city. People want to talk to you about design, they want to be a part of changing the city.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes! 
RD:
On the local scene, I’m really impressed with Sam Knopp and Stranger Design, but my wife will probably lock me out of the house if I buy another mug. Over the past couple years, it’s been really exciting to get to meet other creatives and learn their stories, it’s really hard to select only a couple people when so many have become friends.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
RD:
I’ve only been married a couple years, so I’m still building new traditions with my wife.

Visit Ryspot Design’s website to learn more and discover what products he’ll have at the Royal Bison: http://shop.ryspot.design 

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Paul Twa: Natural Colours & Patterns

On top of working as a graphic designer and illustrator, Paul Twa integrates a colourful and illustrative flair into his line of products, which include cool pillows and apparel, for people’s homes and wardrobes. The images he creates take inspiration from history and the natural world, which he then applies to his products to allow them to become part of one’s daily life. Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow him on Instagram (@paultwa) to see more of his work and read on to discover what inspires him!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Paul Twa:
It’s my way of contributing to the visual world we live in and expressing all my built-up creative energy that needs releasing. Design not only exists in the present but also becomes a part of our history and that legacy is something I find so rewarding.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
PT:
Brand new illustrations for apparel and pillowcases!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
PT:
My work embraces colour, texture, and pattern enthusiastically. I’m drawn towards dense visual imagery and nods to the past which differs from more modern/minimalist aesthetics.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
PT:
It has been exciting to transition from being a full-time student to a contributing creative in Edmonton. I have admired and looked up to so many in our community for years and it never ceases to amaze me how much talent is packed in this city and how welcoming they are to give advice and encouragement.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
PT:
My favourite contemporary creators are Brad Woodward and Josh Emrich, who both work as graphic designers while also selling their personal work on the side. Their work is infused with humour and a retro sensibility I always drool over. More historical inspirations include Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and my great-aunt (a textile designer) Sylvia Chalmers.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
PT:
Decorating gingerbread houses. It’s something that brings me and my other creative siblings together over the holidays and the assembling process is even more fun than eating it afterwards.

Visit Paul Twa’s website to view more of his work and what he plans on bringing to the Royal Bison: paultwa.com

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Facilitating Deep Discussions via Ryspot Design

Ryan Spotowski, of Ryspot Design, first joined us in 2017 and he's back to bring us some thoughtfully designed concrete pieces. Ryspot Design creates new perceptions of our urban environments. These provoking objects are wonderful talking pieces and OFTEN have people needing to touch them to really feel their full depth. We're super excited to have Ryan vending with us again! You can keep up with Ryspot's progress on instagram/twitter (@ryspot) and do read on down below to get a better understanding of what inspires Ryan to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
RYSPOT: It’s how I have a conversation with others.  I like to talk by making things.  My design is my voice.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
RYSPOT: I’m incorporating more recycled materials for my core tables and terrazzo products.  They’re also a new line of terrazzo products.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018? 
RYSPOT: Keep pursuing recycled materials, but also working on how objects can help to facilitate difficult conversations. I’m frustrated with how combative we’ve become as social groups that live in our own little bubbles. I hope people can still talk to people they disagree with and have a respectful conversation. Design can help with those conversations by becoming a common reference point.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
RYSPOT: My cupboards are full of mugs by Stranger Goods and Sam Knopp.

Check out Ryan's full line of beautiful design work at www.ryspot.design

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Freshen Up Your Sock Collection with Urban Drawer Designs

There's a uniquely satisfying feeling you get from throwing on a snappy pair of socks that you just KNOW people are going to notice and love. Natalie and Vanessa, sisters and co-creators of Urban Drawer Designs - an Edmonton based sock and accessories company - make exactly those socks! They first joined us at Bison in December of 2016, and we are proud to have them vend with us again this spring! You can catch up with Urban Drawer's progress on instagram/twitter (@shopurbandrawer) and read on down below to see what's been inspiring the sisters to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
UBD: It’s a creative outlet that brings joy.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
UBD: We have four new crew sock designs. We are also bringing some new cactus designed ankle socks and 3 other ankle sock designs for summer.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
UBD: We have some new design ideas inspired by the symmetry of nature and geometric shapes. For example, the exterior of a pineapple, inspired one of our upcoming designs. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
UBD: One of our creative crushes is Christopher Niemann. We are admiring his Sunday sketches and his ability to incorporate everyday objects into them. Brilliant!

Head on over to www.shopurbandrawer.com to see the rest of Urban Drawers wonderful collection.

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Unique, Time-Travelling, Well-Made Ceramics: Stranger Design

Stranger Design is a ceramics company that creates house ware product that are unique, designed, and from the future: in other words, STRANGE. Molly Bradford, operator of Stranger Design, joined us before in December 2017 and was a comfortable fit. Her use of colours and texture on ceramics was mesmerising. We are elated to have her back! You can keep up with Molly's day-to-day design life on instagram (@stranger_design_) and read on down below to see who Molly's designer/maker/creative crushes are! ♥♥♥

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Q: What draws you to making/designing things?
SD: I like to make, just to see what might happen.

Q: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
SD: For Spring I’ve been focusing on a lot of vases and flower pots with minimal decoration.

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Q: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018:
SD: This year I want to stretch my hand building muscles and use a slab roller to create some new forms.

Q: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes: 
SD: I don’t think I would be alone in admitting my huge crush on potter Helen Levi and her pal, woodworker, Ariele Alasko. Also, Eric Roinestad is practically a potter from outer space and I love his work. It looks like a bunch of perfect shapes glued together, but very elegant.

You can find the rest of Molly's breathtaking work online at www.stranger-design.squarespace.com

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