DIY

Hundr Vidar Will Be Bringing Some Handmade Goodies To Bison!

NEW VENDOR ALERT!! Hundr Vidar, the creative playground of Jenna Dewar and Madison Dewar, are bringing some fresh hand made goodies to Bison and we are thrilled to have them!! Hundr Vidar is unisex brand created by sisters Madison and Jenna Dewar. Together they create handmade clothing, bags, and accessories featuring hand carved prints. Keep up with the sisters progress on instagram (@hundr_vidar) and read on down below to see what inspires the sisters to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
HV: We love quirky locally made products and wanted to create our own. Having backgrounds in fine arts and fashion we are always inspiring and motivating each other to create interesting and unique items.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
HV: Our new line for spring is a series of bright coloured backpacks with some brand new prints. We also have some new clutches in a variety of colours, prints, and materials. As well we are adding an interactive element where customers can pick from an array of hand carved stamps and stamp boxers or other accessories.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
HV: We are aspiring to use more recycled or environmentally friendly materials and add more hand stamped projects. We also aspire to have more community engagement with other artists and creators in Edmonton.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
HV: We love people who strive to be unique, who work with unconventional materials and play with texture like Alexander Mcqueen and Brandon Kee. We are also inspired by history, especially Old Norse sagas.

www.hundrvidar.ca <<< Head on over to the duo's shop to see what's in store for Bison this Spring!

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Adamson and Son Brings Their Premium Custom-Made Leather Goods To Bison

Shaun Adamson, of Adamson and Son, is back with his rad leather goods!! He first joined us in December of 2017 and just like his impeccable work, he was a perfect fit! Shaun had this to say of his products: "I make handmade leather goods. I started by making functional pieces for myself, my family, and my friends and it just grew from there. I really like to make functional goods that people use and love for a long time." It really is stunning to see leather look as good as his does... Keep up with Shaun's progress on instagram (@adamsonandson) and read on down below for a good look at what makes Shaun tick!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
A&S: I really like to make things people want, need, and will use. I actually spent most of my life thinking I was creative, but since I’ve been working with leather lots of people have complimented me on my creativity. I still doubt it sometimes, but I just really like simple things that practical and well made that will last a long time.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
A&S: I’m working on a purse prototype based on my mother-in-law’s and my mom’s requests. I’m still prototyping, but hoping to have it finished for Mother’s Day!

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
A&S: I think I have a leather shopping problem, ie. I like to buy every kind of cool and interesting leather I can find, but I’m trying to not have too many choices, so I’m trying to pare down to 5-ish best selling and most popular colours (although, I will likely still have fun one-offs and limited runs every once in a while). I also feel like I haven’t created a really new piece for a long time and I look forward to being able to do more of that (so if there is anything you’re looking for, let me know!)

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
A&S: Oh man! I have so many! I really like Greg from Ryaton, the idea of making shoes seems really daunting. Further away, focusing on leather goods, I like Odin Leather Goods in Texas, One Star Leather Goods in California, and I’ve been really impressed with Little King Goods in Ontario. Locally, we have multiple Justine Ma pieces in our house, an Edmonton Neighbourhood Maps, and a Folk Fest print from Snow Alligator--I guess I like things that go on walls. Most of my pieces are named after the person who first bought it or inspired the design, which I think is just cool, so I suppose you could say my biggest inspiration is the people who buy my goods! 

www.adamsonandson.com <<< Check out Shaun's full line of products here!

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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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Accent Your Life With The Exquisitely Handcrafted Spoons Of Grit and Grain

Rachel Beyer, of Grit and Grain, makes insanely beautiful spoons by hand. She's been making them for about two years now, but has been working on tactile, hand-made projects for as long as she can remember! They're so well made they were featured in Issue 30 of Uppercase Magazine (pg82-83)! Rachel first joined us at Bison around three or so years ago on a shared table with some of her buds selling weird illustration prints and she'll be joining us again for the December weekend of our fair. We can wait to see what she's come up with this year! You can keep up to date with Grit and Grain on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see how she responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
G&G: For me, being and Edmonton maker and designer is about the community. There’s a strong sense of support and encouragement here that’s really great.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
G&G: For woodworking, probably Ariele Alasko, Joshua Vogel and my Dad, who’s also a woodworker and artist.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
G&G: My @sylviasooleather wallet or ceramic bucket I from @kalikabowlby

You can scope out Rachel's full collection of spoons at www.gritandgrain.ca

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Holy moley is Rachel ever talented...

Holy moley is Rachel ever talented...

Celebrate The Simple, Beautiful Moments Of Everyday Life With Kalika Bowlby Pottery

Kalika Bowlby Pottery makes objects to slow us down in a busy world. They are objects that invite us to set the table, take time to prepare and share a meal, reminders that eating and drinking can nourish us on many levels, objects to help us celebrate the simple, beautiful moments of every day. Kalika started working in pottery in 2006 and joining us for her first Bison in 2014. She will be joining us again for the December weekend of our fair and we're super excited to see her new work! You can find her amazing work on instagram (@kalikabowlbyand read on down below to see how she responded to our questionnaire:

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Q: What does being a Canadian maker mean to you?
KBP: It means connecting with people.  It means making objects with care to bring more nourishment into people's daily life. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
KBP: My garden-growing and sharing food are some of my favourite things and they constantly inspire the objects I make. Simplicity and craftsmanship- I strive to make timeless objects with attention to all the detail. Design and architecture that focus on functionality and spaciousness. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
KBP: Salt and pepper shakers from Tomnuk-they are part of every meal! And this bold but minimal brass bracelet from Hunt Amor.

Head on over to www.kalika.ca to check out the full collection of Kalika's work. It's bonkers good!

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Check Out The Lovingly Handmade Goods Of Later Supply Co.

Heather Mackenzie, of Later Supply Co., is a small batch producer of waxed canvas, denim and leather goods. Heather makes bags and accessories like fanny packs, wallets, and iPad cases. Originally hailing from sunny Edmonton, AB, has since been living in Vancouver. Heather started making Later Supply Co. goods in 2014, and will be joining us for their first Bison for our December weekend!! We're so excited to see all of their work in person! You can find Later Supply Co. on instagram (@latersupplyco) and read on down below to see how they responded our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist? 
LSC: Edmonton has such an awesome community of makers and artists.  Its amazing to have developed many friendships within the community.  

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
LSC: industrial buildings, 80s/90s skateboarding

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
LSC: buying from my buds over at Salgado Fenwick!

Head on over to Heather's shop at www.latersupplyco.com to check out the full collection before seeing them in person!

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Fall Under The Artsy Spell Of Stitch Witch

Shannon Fox, self-professed "Gothic Sprite", is bringing us her incredible free-hand embroidery for the first time ever! Stitch Witch, the moniker of Shannon's artful embroidery, started creating for herself in 2016. She'll be gracing us with her witchy ways on the November weekend of our fair and we couldn't be more excited to have her! Check out her embroidery work and incredible fashion sense on instagram (@foxshannon) and read on down below to see how she responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
SW: I feel part of a community that empowers, supports, and creates space for me to be my unique and wacky creative self. It feels truly delightful to create art in a community that other creatives understand and show up to appreciate, regardless of whether that community is two best friends or a room full of Bisoneers. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
SW: Handmade textile work, Elsa Schiaparelli and her collaborative couture with the Surrealist art movement of the 1920s-1930s. The idea of magic, channeling it through a handmade item, and share that mysticism with others.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
SW: A print of a black cat holding a crystal ball that perfectly captures my ancient witchy soul from Emil Chu!

Head on over to Shannons instagram (@foxshannon) to keep up to date on all the witchy activities she's getting up to!

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Let Your Creativity Flow With Jennea Frischke Jewelry

Jennea Frischke has been a creative all her life. She's an incredibly talented jewelry maker and the sweetest person you'll ever meet. She had this to say about her craft, "I’ve been making in different capacities for a long time. I started my first business when was 13 - it was a friendship bracelet company called Forget Me Knots. I went to art school right out of high school, and graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design from the Jewellery and Metals Department in 2006 and have been making jewels ever since!" We're so excited to have Jennea Frischke Jewelry back with us for the December weekend of our fair! Head on over to her instagram account (@jenneajewelry) and read on down below to find out how she answered our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Alberta maker/designer/artist?
JFJ: The creative arts scene in Alberta is very vibrant, and I am lucky to have met many of my closest friends at markets or art events.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
JFJ: Nature, historical jewelry, and the paranormal.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
JFJ: A leather evil eye keychain I have had for several years - I use it every day. :)

Head on over to www.jenneafrischke.com to check out Jennea's full shop! You will NOT regret it. We're telling ya... She makes really great stuff!

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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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Getting Elemental With Our Friends Taco Skate Co.

Joining us for December weekend, Adriean Koleric of Taco Skate Co., has this to say of his lowbrow DIY skate-life brand: "The company stemmed from an element I had planted in a group of hand sketches from a series called 'HERE'. I would scribble the words "Taco Skate Co" or "Taco Skateboard Company" on characters shirts or the VW they'd be situated next to. It got to the point I was asked to make stickers which lead to hand sprayed shirts in parking lots, which lead to painting a "company" logo on my own '72 Beetle. I joked that it was a "fake" company until I actually registered the name in November '16 and went legit. From there I've been using it as a physical extension of my 'Here' series to the point that it feels like a performance piece rather than an actual business."

Rad. We are so thrilled to have such a creative spirit with us at Royal Bison! Check out his instagram / twitter accounts for regular updates and read on on down below for our Q&A with him: 

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist? 
A : Being a born + raised Edmontonian, it means a lot to be able to create in this environment and give back something to the Community that brought me up. I’ve always felt growing up we had this ‘underdog’ title living in the Prairies and in constant shadow of “The Big 3” Canadian markets of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. So to be able to carve out a small niche and produce work in this town makes it all the more satisfying. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
A: Ed Templeton, Rothfink, and cooking shows on VICE (Action Bronson, Matty Mattheson, etc)

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
A : Framed Print of an old VW Bus from Photographer Jim Johansson. One year we bought the front view and the next year we bought the side view. Hoping there’s a rear one this year.

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