Florals and Floss: Nature's Call to Create

You’ll want to check out this next vendor for beautiful decor for your home and to decorate the tree this year! Based in Edmonton, Alex Stratkotter of Florals and Floss designs and hand stitches embroidery hoops as home decor, creates DIY kits and patterns, and teaches workshops. All designs are inspired by her experiences and nature and where she’s from. Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow Alex on Instagram (@floralsandflossembroidery) and read on to learn where she gets her inspiration!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Florals and Floss:
All of my work is inspired by nature. Whether it’s a walk in Edmonton’s river valley or working in the garden, there’s always some flower or natural colour scheme calling me to create. 

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
Christmas ornaments! They’re so much fun to create, and because embroidery is a slow art, it’s a nice change to have a very small surface area to fill instead of a larger hoop. 

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
Embroidery is once again gaining popularity! What sets my work apart from other fibre artists is my style: I try to keep my designs clean and simple, but with little details to keep my pieces interesting. 

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community? 
The Edmonton creative community is amazing, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. Never will you meet a larger and more inclusive group of talented and hardworking people. 

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
This is a hard one as I could give you a huge list and not hit everyone. I have to shout out some of my fellow fibre artists: I adore Ferns School of Craft, Long Gone Arts, and Nova Mercury! Some of my other creative crushes: Rachel Beyer, YEGwoodworks, Stephanie Simpson, and From Harper. 

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us? 
Basically making and eating all the food! Also watching It’s a Wonderful Life and Die Hard.

Visit Florals & Floss’s website to learn more about what she’ll have on offer at the Royal Bison: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/floralsandfloss 

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Embroidered Witchcraft For the Coven by Stitch Witch

Stitch Witch is back for her second Royal Bison! She first joined us in in the November market and she's back to share her whimsical, witchy, and one-of-a-kind handmade patches with you! All pieces are lovingly hand-stitched by textile artist and coven leader, Shannon Fox. We are all super excited to see what she has in store this round! You can keep up with Shannon's progress on instagram (@foxshannon) and read on down below to see what makes Stich Witch tick.


RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
SW: I have lots of feelings and I love taking them from my brain and reimagining them into a tangible thing that I can share with other folks. It feels really magical when someone holds something I’ve made because it’s like holding a piece of my cute lil creative heart.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
SW: I have much wider selection of beaded patches and larger one-of-a-kind patches with new designs (including a beaded lemon and 10” vinyl patch!).  

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
SW: I would like to work towards making a line of clothing (I also sew!) that incorporates my hand-stitched patch designs in a sartorial context.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
SW: Regina Spektor for delicate pop tunes and lyrics that emotionally gut. Maricor/Maricar for fun abstract embroidery inspiration. Epithumia Rose for captivating multidisciplinary art (and wicked tattoos)


Get Swept Away With The Embroidered Art Of Long Gone

Moira Richey, of Long Gone, has this to say of her brand: "I primarily make embroidery art on fabric, wool felt, and apparel items. Drawing inspiration from all things sentimental, superstitious or ceremonial, each original design is drawn and stitched by hand, by me!" Moira started making things of all sorts for basically forever, but hunkered down and started designing original embroidery in 2013. She first joined us in 2015 and we are SO EXCITED that she will be joining us again for both weekends of our winter fair! You can find Moira's embroidery work  - and some beautiful photography as well - on instagram (@longgonearts) and read on down below to see how she responded to our Q&A:


Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
LG: Having access to a tightly-knit community for advice, support, and friendship. I also appreciate that although Edmonton may not come to everyone’s minds when someone says “arts hub”, but we have so many fantastic creatives here, and if you are one of those creatives you are very passionate about spreading that fact around. We’re more than just a river valley!

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
LG: Objects you might find in a keepsake box, bold tattoo linework, and sentimental feelings.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
LG: A ceramic cactus ringholder made by Danielle L. Ceramics in 2016.

Head on over to www.longgonearts.com to check out Moira's full collection of embroidered goods. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! :D


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:


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!


Empowering People Through Thread and Needle With Femmebroidery

Maria Arseniuk, creator of Femmebroidery, began embroidery at age 9, but really kicked off a career in 2014-2015. Her works focus has been Intersectional Feminism, girl-power, and social justice messaging and Maria has gotten some incredible attention with her concept. This will be Maria's first Royal Bison on the November weekend and we are SO excited to have such an amazing woman in our midst! You can follow Maria on Instagram to get regular updates on her work and make sure to read on down below to see what inspires her in our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
FB: Well, I’m actually based in Calgary but for me, a big part of being a maker in Alberta is challenging traditional prairie conservatism with bold and impactful statements. I’m hoping to have a small part in making Edmonton weird. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
FB: Intersectional feminism, contemporary pop culture and politics. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
FB: First timer here! But I’m really looking forward to scoring some cards by Homework Letter Press, patches from Hamburger Hands, and soaps by Boreal Folk.

You can find more of Maria's work online at femmebroidery.etsy.com and check out this collection of articles written about her work, including: FempotentialPaper & LandscapesA Quarter YoungThree SnailsAvenue Calgary, and My Modern Met.

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