FASHION

White Otter Design Co: Traditional Indigenous Artistry & Contemporary Fashion

Jaymie Campbell of White Otter Design Co. incorporates traditional Indigenous artistry and contemporary fashion to craft gorgeous crafts gorgeous jewellery, wallets, and other pieces. On her art, Jaymie says, “I strive to use authentic materials in all of my work, and you will often see the use of hand-tanned hides, horse hair, and porcupine quills. Much of the material is sourced from local communities and elders, though I put a strong focus on learning the traditional skills in order to use them in her work and pass them down to future generations.” Catch her at the Bison from December 7-9, follow her on Instagram (@WhiteOtterDesignCo) to see more of her work and read on to discover what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
White Otter Design:
Creating for me is an important connection to my culture, ancestors, and identity. I love being part of the wonderful artist community and it is important for me to learn traditional skills in order to pass them down to future generations.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
WOD:
This is the first year I have participated in some large Indigenous fashion events and my line has become a lot more diverse. I have started turning some of my large beadwork patterns into jewellery and incorporating some new materials such as horse hair and different furs.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
WOD:
Most Indigenous artists have unique styles that are influenced by our cultural backgrounds, communities and teachers, and mine is no different. I have unique patterns and colours and use a lot of traditional materials that I make or harvest.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community, or whichever community you call home?
WOD:
I don’t live in Edmonton, but have been very much embraced by the community. I love being able to reach out to other artists and share advice, learnings, and experiences with each other. Artists and designers are cut from a different cloth and I just love spending time with “my people.”

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
WOD:
Oh man. There are so many! Jadial GreyEagle does incredible beadwork and is a massive activist for Indigenous women. She produced her first documentary alongside Tantoo Cardinal this year! SectionThirtyFive is a clothing line designed out of Vancouver but the owner is from Samson Cree Nation outside of Edmonton. He is totally crushing it and moving onto an international stage with Indigenous Fashion. Catherine Blackburn is this artist from Saskatchewan and she is so crazy talented in so many mediums it is mind blowing!

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
WOD:
Watching Bing Crosby’s White Christmas with my family.

Learn more about White Otter Design Co. and what she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison on her Instagram!

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Fashionably Handcrafted Clothing And Accessories Of Nor Official

Welcome newcomer Sherri Cardona, of Nor Official! Sherri's designer handcrafted clothing and accessories are all made here in Edmonton in her downtown studio apartment. Of her brand she says "I create pieces that are comfortable, beautiful and simple." We can really get behind that! Sherri first started making in 2016, and will be joinging us for the first time for the November weekend of our fair! You can find Nor Officlal on both instagram / twitter and do read on down below to check out how she responded to our Q&A: 

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton designer?
It means a lot to get to be a part of this growing community of young creative entrepreneurs. I'm always inspired by other artists to pursue our passions. I love supporting local and bringing something unique to Edmonton!

Q: What are your top 3 influences?
People on the streets, other cultures, and decades from the past.

Q: Favourite item you've picked up from the previous year:
This will be my first time and I'm excited to pick up some new things!

Head on over to www.norofficial.com to Check out Sherri's full collection!

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Roll Up Those Pant Cuffs Confidently With Urban Drawer

Urban Drawer is a sock company based in Edmonton, AB. We design fun and modern socks to keep your feet looking awesome.  Our designs are inspired by the qualities of city life and we wanted to make stylish socks that could be worn every day.  We hand select the colour threads and our adult socks are made out of combed cotton for extra softness and durability. Natalie Frederick and Vanessa Frederick started working together on this project in 2015 and are joining us for the first time in November - and we are SO happy to see their new work! You can keep up to date with urban Drawer by following them on instagram / twitter and do yourself a favour a read on down below to see how they responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
UD: We can influence the world around us. We get to place our mark on our city in some tiny or large way. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
UD: Currently rock ‘in out to Sampha, London Grammar, and reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
UD: A rad orange tuque from our friends at Flannel Foxes.

Head on over to www.shopurbandrawer.com to check out their full collection of socks and shop around for the pairs you wanna pick up yourself and others this holiday season! Woot! We love cool socks!

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Natalie Frederick and Vanessa Frederick

Natalie Frederick and Vanessa Frederick

Explore Your Noir Provocative Side With Lord Violet

Nicola Inman, the independent designer of Lord Violet, explores alternative forms of glamour, influenced by BDSM, film noir, and dress-up. The abundant use of pleather, vinyl, and velvet pushes boundaries and incorporates sensuality into fashion. Provocative jewelry and accessories are also created to compliment the clothing. Lord Violet is pleased to deliver luxurious, yet affordable and practical quality designs to the local and international market. Nicola grew up in a household where DIY was the norm and crafting being the main form of entertainment. Sheltered from mainstream pop culture allowed her to develop her own aesthetic driven by queer feminist politics, and a fascination and celebration of sexuality. We are extremely excited to have Nicola back again for the November weekend of our market! Be sure to check out her instagram / twitter accounts for regular updates on her work and read on down below to see how she answered our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
LV: Lord Violet is a rebellion against the conservative political climate of Edmonton, being the capital city of a province with strong right wing history. Due to the pervasive conservative ideals, Edmonton has many flourishing alternative subcultures which seek to explore culture in unconventional ways. Frustrated with limited options for glamorous, yet practical garments in Edmonton, Lord Violet was created a line in hopes of filling this niche. Lord Violet seeks to empower femmes through subversive clothing.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
LV: My inspiration often starts with a material that I love. My best selling pieces have upholstery vinyl or metal mesh. I found all my bolo components in New York. At the time I didn't have a plan for them but I ended creating a piece I feel very connected to, being a prairie queer. I also love French new wave films and BDSM! 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
LV: Not going to lie - I come to the Bison for Bloom cookies; I buy a dozen every time!

Lord Violet is independently owned and operated out of Edmonton, Alberta circa 2016. Fabric and other garment supplies are Canadian sourced. You can find Nicola's full collection of work at Lordviolet.etsy.com.

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Lord Violet herself, in her natural habitat.

Lord Violet herself, in her natural habitat.