FUN

The Zine Machine!

The ZINE MACHINE Project (formally 780distro) began in 2014 as a snack vending machine that has been re-purposed to distribute small zines. In October 2017, the project changed hands and has evolved beyond the distribution of locally made publications to offering workshops, consultation, and support to community groups and educators who are interested in bringing zines into the classroom. The Zine Machine currently distributes publications from all over the world. Follow the Zine Machine on Instagram (@zinemachine780) and Twitter (@zinemachine780), and head on over to www.zinemachine.ca to find out how to submit your own zine! 

Stop by the Royal Bison from December 7 to 9 to chat with the cool folks at the Zine Machine and also to get your own cool zine!

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My Next Broken Heart: Soft & Sassy Shirts

Match your t-shirt to your mood with the simple, soft, and sassy t-shirts from My Next Broken Heart! Randee Armstrong of the fun brand describes the shirts as, “They’re tees that are easy to wear, incredibly soft, and a good way to express your daily mood.” Find your fit from them at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow them on Instagram (@mynextbrokenheart), and read on to discover what inspires this t-shirt maker!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
My Next Broken Heart:
It’s a good creative outlet aside from photography. I just like to make things I want to use, wear, and hang on my walls.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
MNBH:
Just a few new tees!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
MNBH:
I just think it’s really simple and people like simple things (I mean this in the best way possible). It’s nice to have things in your closet that you know you can just throw on, I’ve always been a jeans and t-shirt girl.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
MNBH:
I’m in love with Edmonton and the people who live here. I find it is a very loving creative community.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
MNBH:
I love Stitch Witch! And also RySpot, Stranger Design, Karma, Justine Ma…. honestly there are so so so many.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
MNBH:
My daughter and I started a new one last year, instead of gifts we do an ‘event’... but it has to be something to do with the holidays!

Visit My Next Broken Heart’s website to see more of the products they’ll have at the Royal Bison: www.mynextbrokenheart.com

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Friday Sock Co: Mismatched Fun

We’re thrilled to welcome back Calgary designer Adam Thompson of Friday Sock Co. to the Royal Bison! You won’t ever have to worry about finding a matching sock again, as this ethically made sock brand has a purposely mismatched design concept. The super fun patterns and designs of Friday Sock Co. will knock the socks off your feet before you put on a pair of theirs! Catch them at the Bison November 30 to December 2, follow them on Instagram (@FridaySockCo), and read on to discover what inspires their strange socks!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Friday Sock Co:
The fact that I can create something that pulls a positive emotion out of someone else. Also, I love the relationship of things. Designing purposely mismatched socks allows me to explore the interconnectedness of things. What goes together, but is different… I recently did a design with two whales, but they aren’t just two whales, they are two whales that live in the same area. Or my cat and a box design. This is the part of my job that I absolutely love.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
FSC:
We’ve released over 50 new designs and also a new spoofed Canadian maple-syrup can that can be re-purposed after opening. We can all our socks in-house to ensure freshness.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
FSC:
Tough one. I guess I’m doing my own thing and hopefully it shows in my work.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Calgary creative community?
FSC:
I love being part of the creative community in Calgary and hope to inspire anyone who wants to take an idea and turn it into something. I was recognized this year as one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 under 40 in Calgary, and a big component of that award is involvement and impact in the city. We give back to the community as much as we can.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
FSC:
Adrianmartinus! Salgado Fenwick! Heather Buchanan!

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
FSC:
My wife is from the UK so we’ve gone to England for the last 5 or 6 years for the holidays. Every Boxing Day the whole town puts on their Welly boots and heads across farmers’ fields to a little pub called the Coach and Horses. There’s a hose outside to rinse off your boots before you go in, and inside the pub it smells like mulled wine, dirt, and a wood-burning fireplace. It takes a half an hour to get your first drink, and only five minutes before you get your next one.

Visit Friday Sock Co’s website to see more of what products they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.fridaysock.co

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559 Toys: Safe & Educational Toys

We’re excited to welcome back Jennifer Wilde of 559 Toys to the fair with her adorable toys for the young ones in your life! She designs and makes fun, modern (and safe) toys for babies and small children. Her toys that help the brains and bodies of little ones, but also look good enough to keep out when company comes over. Catch her at the Royal Bison from December 7-9, follow them on Instagram (@play559) and Twitter (@play559) to see more of her work, and read on to learn what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
559 Toys:
A compulsion for beauty and order, I think. With the toys, it was just an extension of that: why can't we provide useful and beautiful things to babies, too?

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
5T:
We've some some sweet sales planned for our shows, as well as some new colours on old favourites, like our rattles and sensory blankets.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
5T:
That we care equally about things looking good, helping the development of kids, and being safe.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
5T:
It's amazing how at home I feel in a space with other creative makers. It's a feeling of freedom and acceptance that I just don't get at the mall, ha!

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
5T:
Not going to lie, I've been on a personal social media break this year, and it's definitely impacted the amount of exposure I have to other makers. Just glancing around my home, I see lovely things made by LoveMaking Designs, Terre Firma Pottery, and a lot of art by my kids.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
5T:
We celebrate Christmas Eve with a simple and humble (yet delicious) meal to be able to properly reflect on the season. Usually it takes the form of a charcuterie sort of deal, but we're really intentional about it not introducing more seasonal stress into our home.

Visit 559 Toys’ website to discover more of the products they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.play559.com

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Emily Chu: Playful & Clever Prints & Cards

A Bison regular since 2014, Emily Chu likes to create clever and playful illustrations as prints and products. Her products include original paintings, prints, seasonal greeting cards, comics, t-shirts, and enamel pins to name a few. Catch her at the Bison both weekends, follow her on Instagram (@heyemilychu) and Twitter (@heyemilychu) to enjoy more of her work and read on to find out what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Emily Chu:
I look at art and creativity as just problem solving, and I love challenges and puzzles of all sorts. For me, creating clever and funny images is really enjoyable because I get to figure out how to best communicate a joke, or tell it in a new way. I am also an optimist, so I know that there is always a solution, which makes the brainstorming process even more exciting!

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
EC:
I am hoping to bring a whole new line of products to my markets this season! As for prints, I am hoping to cut down on my current inventory and bring in a new selection of paintings and risograph prints. With the success of my rose gold Mercat pin from the spring market, I am also very excited to launch 5 new enamel pins this holiday. On top of that, I am working on a number of potential new products: tote bags, new t-shirts, new Christmas cards, magnets, stickers, and maybe even some original painted nesting dolls!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
EC:
I think the tone of my products are quite goofy and strange. Although I keep content lighthearted, I still take the illustration and design side very seriously. The humour is just like a little extra cherry on top. I figure that if my art can make people laugh (but still be nice enough to be hung on a wall), then the whole process from design to selling at markets is much more enjoyable for everyone.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
EC:
I love Edmonton, and a lot of that is because of The Royal Bison and the local community of organizers, artists, and arts supporters. I came to Edmonton in 2011, and when I found this unique market in 2014, things finally began to fall into place. I've decided to call Edmonton my home because of its supportive and kind arts community.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
EC:
Ooof, where do I start? I'm still trying to find my own voice, so lately I have been quite inspired by many Asian illustrators such as Doris Liou, Rachel Wada, and Joohee Yoon. I love how they are able to take aesthetics as well as nostalgia from their cultures/childhood, which is something that I aspire to do in my future personal work. I also love the work of American illustrator Carson Ellis and Mexican tattoo artist Luxiano. 

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
EC:
Family-wise, not really. We only mildly celebrate Christmas. But personally, I like to go on a super long walk with my dog on Christmas Day. He also gets a real meal ;)

Visit Emily Chu’s website to check out more of her work that she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: heyemilychu.com

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Urban Drawer: Fun, Modern Patterns for Your Feet

Run by the talented sister duo of Natalie and Vanessa Frederick, Urban Drawer is an Edmonton-based sock and accessories company with a passion for fine details. They design unique, fun, and modern patterns for men, women, and kids to fit your everyday lifestyle! Catch them at the Bison both weekends, follow them on Instagram (@shopurbandrawer) and Twitter (@shopurbandrawer) to see more of their work and read on to discover what inspires these sisters!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Urban Drawer:
When it comes to designing sock patterns, expressions without words draw me in.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
UD:
This season we have updated how we've branded our socks. Plus, we are excited to share new designs made with softer materials.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
UD:
Our mix of colour and geometric feel. Our designs are modern and abstracts of everyday things.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
UD:
We feel privileged to be part of Edmonton's unique and thriving creative community.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
UD:
Really love the products and the whole vibe of the stationary brand, Baron Fig.

RB: Do you have a favorite holiday tradition you can share with us?
UD:
Going outdoor skating on New Year’s Day!

Visit Urban Drawer’s website to discover more of the styles they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.shopurbandrawer.com

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