FINE ARTS

Brighten Up Your Day With Hayley Colours Art!

Hayley Andruko, of Hayley Colours Art, is an emerging Edmonton artist and full-time elementary teacher, working mainly with acrylic paint, lino-cut printing, pastels and digital medium. Hayley's art is inspired by nature, incorporating bright colours and geometric shapes with mountain-scapes, floral and anatomical designs. Hayley is new to the Royal Bison family and we're really excited to have her! You can keep up to date with Hayley Colours Art on instagram (@hayleycolours) and read on down below to see what inspires Hayley to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
HAA: Art has always been second-nature to me! I’ve been colouring and painting since I can remember, although only recently started sharing it with the world. I am constantly inspired by bright and beautiful colours, views while travelling, or the creativity and energy of my students at school.    

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
HAA: This spring, I wanted to focus on sharing my art in an affordable and accessible way. I’ve been making prints of my favourite original pieces for fair-goers to take home without breaking the bank. 

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
HAA:Just trying to get myself out there! I love meeting and connecting with other people in the creative community and learning from other experienced artists. Other than that, I’m going to focus on my online-presence and marketing myself to maximize artistic opportunities (that one’s a bit of a chore), as well as work my way through sizable list of commissioned paintings! 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
HAA: I’ve definitely got some artwork from drwbnsn and Hamburger Hands around my apartment from past Royal Bison Fairs (those guys make AMAZING stuff), and I watch Bob Ross videos pretty regularly… 

You can find Hayley's portfolio of work online at www.hayleycolours.com

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Get Lost In The Natural Beauty Of Amanda Parker Design

Amanda Parker Design consists of an expanding collection of jewellery, visual art, lighting, and home accessories that is both modern and refined. Each piece is completely handmade and therefore unique. All of the pieces are created using non-traditional and/or recycled materials employing shapes and textures inspired by nature. Based out of Calgary, AB, Amanda started making full-time after graduating from the Sheridan College Craft & Design Program in 2010, and will be joining us for the first time ever for our November weekend! You can keep up with Amanda's latest works by following her on instagramtwitter and read on down below to see how she responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
APD: Macrophotography, systems and patterns found in nature, and my interior design background .

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
APD: I found Kitty Kitty Yum Yum on the Bison website and purchased online from her last spring. Her cat toys are adorable!

Amanda Parker Design won “Best in Show - 2D Mixed Media” 2016 at the Art in the Pearl show in Portland Oregon and you can check out her full shop online at www.etsy.com/shop/marianandhazel. Her work is mesmorising and we are thrilled to have her with us!

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Puns For Days With The Fine Art Of Heather Buchanan

Heather Buchanan is back to join us on our December weekend of Royal Bison and holey-moley are we excited to have her! Bringing her pun-heavy sense of humour to canvas, Heather mixes her richly-honed fine arts skills with light hearted pop-culture references and achieves something both harmonious and hilarious. You can check out what she gets up to on the regular on both her instagram / twitter accounts and do read on down below to see what her inspirations are in our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
HB: As a Calgary artist, I’m sometimes jealous of what it means to be an Edmonton artist. Both cities have a similar vibe of enthusiasm and collaboration as a reaction to being in Big Oil territory. But there is definitely something special about Edmonton.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
HB: Lately I can’t stop looking at vintage sci-fi heroines – the weird, crafty, feminine power. I love the paintings of John Currin so much. And everything Wayne White has ever done or said.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
HB: Last year I came home with this collection of small objects – pins, patches, sticker packs, wee illustrations. Tiny bits of strange magic. Eyeballs and screaming faces and screne mountains. I cherish every piece!

Wanna see more of Heather's work? Of course you do! Head on over to www.heatherbuchanan.ca now too see her work and check out that shop! And if you're looking for more to read on her check out this article and cover shot of her for Branded Magazine!

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That there is the good kind of weird, folks!

That there is the good kind of weird, folks!