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Static Control: Hand-Rendered Collage

Focusing on hand-rendered collages printed in various formats, Static Control is the personal creative outlet for Brandi Strauss. Ranging from audio to visual work, Strauss’ analog approach to collage gives a surreal feel to her imagery. Catch her at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow her on Instagram (@staticcontrol), and read on to discover what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Static Control:
The desire to create beautiful or unique out of the simplest of images.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
SC:
Shirts and an exploration of rub on transfers, Letraset.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
SC:
Use of colour and the analog approach of collage.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
SC:
I feel supported and encouraged to try new things.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
SC:
Constantly inspired by my friends, Ashley Hohman, Jes Aurelius, and Barry Elkanick.

Visit Static Control’s website to see more of their work that they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: staticcontrol.tumblr.com

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Kelly Ruth: Gorgeous Woven Jewelry

New vendor alert! Working with plant dyes, Kelly Ruth uses a weaving loom to build tiny woven jewelry out of hand-dyed yarns. Having worked as the textile dyer for over a decade at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and ballet companies across Canada, she brings years of experience to her craft to create truly memorable pieces. Catch her at the Bison from December 7-9, follow her on Instagram (@kelly__ruth) to view 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?
Kelly Ruth:
I am a multidisciplinary artist working in textiles and new media, primarily in weaving and sound. My artwork spans a practice in performance, installation, and design, incorporating micro-controllers, sensors, and electronics into my woven installations. I never stop creating and innovating. The jewelry line is a way to make something accessible that can be loved and owned by people. This is very different than the more temporal forms of art that I make in my practice. It is a way to connect differently to the communities that I engage with.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
KR:
The jewelry is a new line for me within the past couple of years. Previously the energy I spent on designing was dedicated to a natural dyed sustainable fibre clothing line. Since I really just want to weave these days, I love having switched to making the woven jewelry line.

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RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
KR:
Working with the natural dyes creates a really gorgeous palette and as far as statement jewelry goes, not many folks are making woven jewelry!

RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
KR:
Having moved to Edmonton just over a year ago I felt really welcomed in. The experimental  music community where I spend much of my time (using my loom as a musical instrument) has been wonderful and is really pushing me in new directions in my sound art.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
KR:
I really love any artist who uses craft in fine art in a conceptual way. When an artist can make highly skilled pieces using craft mediums while engaging the viewer in a brilliant conversation with contemporary ideas…that’s where my crush begins.

Visit Kelly Ruth’s website to view more of the work that she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.kellyruth.ca

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Sylvia Soo Leather: Small-Batch & Bespoke Leather Goods

We're so jazzed to welcome back designer and leatherworker Sylvia Soo! Her leather goods are designed and created in her Edmonton studio in small batches. Her growing and evolving collection focuses on artisan craftsmanship, minimalism, and clean lines. Catch her at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow her on Instagram (@SylviaSooLeather) to see more of her beautiful and bespoke pieces and read on to learn what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Sylvia Soo Leather:
Creating leather goods is like putting together a really interesting 3D puzzle. There are so many pieces to put together and if all the small parts and solutions come together properly, it feels so good. 

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
SSL:
Customers can enjoy a bespoke experience with a selection of items this season, our Box Bag being one of them. The Box Bag allows for complete customization. It is a unique experience in which clients can choose everything from the colour of the leather to the colour of the suede lining, down to the finish on the bag's five feet. We are offering loads of customization options such as monogramming on most of our leathers, and a variety of (colour through) edge paint options. Gift cards will be available for those who may wish to pass on an extra special gift to someone special. 

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
SSL:
We invest a lot in researching and sourcing quality proven materials (such as our French and German threads, and our Italian edge paints). A lot of thought is put into designing our products, and a lot of time is put into creating them.  Our designs are minimalist in nature, which means every detail must be considered. We believe our designs to be unique, elegant, and timeless.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
SSL:
Edmonton has a unique creative community. I truly love being a part of it. 

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
SSL:
Sam Knopp of Sam Knopp Ceramics: one of her mugs has become a part of my daily morning ritual. Rachel Beyer of Grit and Grain: I am a collector of her adorable wooden utensils. 

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us? 
SSL:
Growing up, we didn't have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays. Now that my siblings and I have all grown up, our favourite holiday tradition is creating a holiday tradition for our families.

Visit Sylvia Soo Leather’s website to view more of what she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.SylviaSooLeather.com

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Exit Workshop: Handmade Apparel for the Great Outdoors

The Exit Workshop is all about getting outside and having a good time! Gina Hargreaves has been making the mountains her playground since she was young, and her handmade toques, scarves, blankets, and more will help you do the same! Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, Follow Exit Workshop on Instagram (@the.exit.workshop) and Twitter (@exitbeanies) to see more of their work and read on to see what inspires Gina!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Exit Workshop:
I love the challenge of working with the unknown and learning to tame unfamiliar materials. I also really, really love colour so whenever I get to work with bright colours and cool patterns, I get really excited.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
EW:
For this season’s Bison I’m excited to be bringing handmade leather mittens! Since I started Exit, people have asked me if I make gloves and my answer has always been a firm, “No.” The thought of knitting or crocheting gloves has never really sparked a flame for me, so it hasn’t been something I’ve ever pursued. BUT last year I decided it was time to figure this whole glove thing out, on my own terms. So I’ve spent the last little while developing a pattern and exploring different materials for the gloves and they’re sure to keep your hands warm all winter!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
EW:
I’m not really sure to be honest. haha! I think my love of bright colours is pretty evident in the work that I do. I’m also not formally trained in design or business, so I can bring different perspectives to my creative work. My biggest goal is to make functional things that are easy to use and that also stand the test of time, regardless of a user’s ability, which is probably influenced by my training as an OT now that I think about it. In any case, I’m always aware of ease-of-use and aesthetic when it comes to my stuff, so there is a lot of thought that goes into everything that I make.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
EW:
It’s an exciting thing to see new ideas take form, and it’s pretty special to share that experience with other makers. There’s so much great energy to be found in any creative community whether it’s in a small town like Revelstoke (my new home) or a bigger centre like Edmonton (my original home), there’s always something new and meaningful taking shape.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
EW:
Tooooooooooo many!! I’m really pumped on what Molly is doing with Stranger Design, her ceramics are magic. Andreas Samuelsson is another favourite, as is George Greaves – great graphic/visual design.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
EW:
Honestly my favourite holiday tradition is eating bacon sandwiches and sipping stovetop-perc coffee on Christmas morning with my parents and sister. It’s the greatest.

Visit Exit Workshop’s website to discover more of what they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.exitworkshop.com

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Rosa & Lilium Apothecary: Natural, Handmade Bath Products

Lindsay Jones and Carly Zaraska are a powerful duo. Their friendship began in 2011 while completing their Bachelor of Education degrees. Combining their passions for education, sustainability, and natural beauty products led them to branch out and join forces to launch a brand they could stand behind; Rosa & Lilium Apothecary is a line of eco-conscious bath and body products crafted by hand in Alberta. Catch them at the Bison both weekends, Follow them on Instagram at (@rosaliliumapothecary) and read on to learn what inspires them!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Rosa & Lilium Apothecary:
Purpose. Both of us feel most like ourselves when we are creating something with our hands. There is something very satisfying about making something from what initially seems to be nothing. When you are done, you have a product that is aesthetically pleasing, has utility, and brings yourself and others joy. The process gives us purpose.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
RLA:
We are so pumped to be expanding our home goods! Last season, we introduced eco-soy wax candles. This time around we are adding our custom scent-blend incense sticks.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
RLA:
We are a modern apothecary. We aim to create products that will look beautiful sitting by your sink, next to your bathtub, on the shelves throughout your home, as well as make you feel beautiful in all those spaces. Our hope is that our products appeal to a variety of your senses and leave you feeling like the space you exist in is one you would never want to leave. 

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
RLA:
We LOVE it. Edmonton has a special charm, unlike anywhere else either of us have lived or travelled to. We feel lucky to be part of it all.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
RLA:
Locally, we have always drawn inspiration from our gals Malorie Urbanovitch and Vikki Wiercinski. They are badass. Fearless. And oh so talented. Internationally, we are obsessed with all things Nordic. They have everything “lifestyle” (aka Hygge) figured out. 

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
RLA:
We truly love the time with our families. It is the one time each year where everyone gets together, squishes into one big room, and enjoys food (so. much. food.), stories from “back in the day,” and we all get to relax. 

Visit Rosa & Lilium Apothecary’s website to see more of what they’re bringing to the Royal Bison: www.rosaliliumapothecary.com

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Adamson and Son: Premium Hand-Crafted Leather Goods

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 with the best materials I can find. I strive for simple functionality and to showcase the materials that I use. " Catch him at the Bison from December 7-9, keep up with Shaun's work on Instagram (@adamsonandson), and read on to learn what inspires Shaun!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Adamson and Son:
It really comes out of a need for a piece or something to have a specific function. I started making leather goods when I wanted a knife roll and carried with a belt and wallet for myself. I really like to think about how I can make things to meet people’s needs. Leather is such a cool product and I love all the different things that you can do with it.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
AS:
I’m always on the hunt for new and unique leathers and I have so many ideas that I just haven’t taken the time to carry out the whole prototyping process.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
AS:
I often wonder this myself, but I think it’s just the simplicity and the character of the materials that I use.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
AS:
Oh man! We have so many good markets here and so many people who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
AS:
I recently picked up a couple prints (actually it was a trade for a belt… how great is that?!?) from Stephanie Simpson to put in my son’s room that are beautiful. My wife and I also love our Kalika Bowlby mugs and Prospero Pottery bowl that we got at Bison. And I’ve enjoyed getting to know Like Grandpa Grooming Products at the markets and using his grooming products.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
AS:
Growing up, my family used to spread out all the wrapping paper and take a photo of us all lying in it. It hasn’t happened in a while; maybe this is the year to bring it back!

Learn more about Adamson and Son and what they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison on their website: www.adamsonandson.com

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Ryaton: Guaranteed to Keep You Looking Fresh Through the Zombie Apocalypse

Greg Morgan, aka Ryaton, makes solid, beautiful shoes. Hands down. They are wildly high quality. And he is not new to the game at all! He first vended with us in 2010 and we are thrilled to have him back with us again for spring 2017! Greg had this to say about his work: "Ryaton designs and makes the world’s finest all-purpose footwear, right here in Edmonton. *Goods guaranteed to keep you looking fresh through the zombie apocalypse.*" ....AWESOME!! We want those on our feet! You can keep up with Greg's fashionable footwear progress on instagram (@yaton) and read on down below to see what inspires him to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
RYATON: Getting better at making something is addictive, it’s tremendously satisfying to begin to see levels in your own development. But the better you get, the more nuance you can see, and the harder it is to get to that next level. This sounds bad.. But it’s a good thing, really!

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
RYATON: Women’s shoes! They’ve been a loooooooong time coming but I’m really happy with how everything has turned out this time around. They are, I think, a perfect balance between the typically serious Ryaton aesthetic and a springtime take on traditional women’s footwear.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
RYATON: I hope to travel with my products a bit more, maybe even out of province?! And find some fun partners to work with, maybe stores, maybe other makers, that sort of thing. Keep an eye out later in the year for something new on the men’s side as well.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
RYATON: Bison alum Andronyk Jewelry is definitely high up there. Jeanie is super creative AND skilled AND hard working. That’s what I want to be like when I grow up. But since I’m not a jeweler or metalsmith it’s more realistic for me to emulate the crew from Cobra Rock Boot Co. They do what I do, but somehow make it look glamorous and rewarding and inspiring all at the same time. I haven’t figured that part out yet. Grit & Grain is another past bisoneer that I really admire. Rachel’s work is stunningly beautiful and a delight just to hold in your hand. Plus, it’s pretty rare that I see someone who is harder on their hands than I am on mine. I respect that, ha ha!!

HEAD ON OVER TO WWW.RYATON.COM TO CHECK OUT THE FULL LINE OF APOCALYPSE-GRADE FOOTWEAR!

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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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Bold. Beautiful. Beton Brut Design.

Amanda Nogier, of Béton Brut Design, is bringing us her gorgeous concrete work again! We can't wait to see her new pieces. Béton Brut Design is a concrete jewelry and home décor company utilizing handmade and industrial processes. Amanda is one of the most pleasant people on Earth to talk to as well, do yourself a favour and introduce yourself if her booth isn't being swamped with purchases! You can keep up with Béton Brut Designs progress on instagram or twitter (@betonbrutdesign) and keep on reading to see what has been inspiring Amanda to create lately and what she has in store for 2018!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
BBD: There is nothing that makes me happier than being able to spend my day designing and working with my hands creating beautiful objects from ordinary materials.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
Now that I have perfected my process I have been hard at work in the studio designing an entire line of new jewelry that utilizes my industrial design background and 3D modelling expertise.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
BBD: My 2018 is essentially me just focusing on designing new pieces and experimenting with some new processes that I have already been playing around with over the last couple months. I’m never going to stop pushing myself and my work to new levels and 2018 will be another year of experimenting and testing to make unique pieces unlike anything seen before.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
BBD: Honestly I tend to crush on the people closest to me because there are so many rad people doing amazing things that are right beside me in the markets and shows that I attend. I am lucky to be surrounded by friends who do awesome things!

You can check out the rest of Amanda's amazing portfolio of work by heading on over to www.betonbrutdesign.com.

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Prospero Pottery Brings Us Some Timeless and Utilitarian Pieces

Eryn Prospero, of Prospero Pottery, is joining us for her first ever Bison and we are so happy to have her vending with us! Eryn makes utilitarian pottery for everyday use in the busy kitchen.  Mainly on the wheel, she creates timeless pieces that will quickly become the favourite in your cupboard. You can keep up with Eryn's progress on instagram (@erynprosperopottery) and do yourself a favour and read on down below to see what inspires Eryn to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things? 
ERYN: I love handmade things, and creating value is very important to me. I love making pottery that brings people joy in their everyday lives. Be it their favourite mug for coffee or simply a bowl they go to everyday. Designing simple shapes that are durable and comfortable is important to me!!

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
ERYN: Im always thinking of how to improve my efficiency and try to create more pieces every year. I always try to find a new interesting shape or glaze to add into my line of work.  Its quite the process, but worth it...Freshness for spring!!

RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
ERYN: I would like to show my work in more places and create a name for my self by showcasing my work at new shows. I'm excited to be apart of the Bison this spring.  Bringing pottery to the people one show at a time.

Q: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
ERYN: There are so many makers and fellow art peers that inspire me. Kalika Bowlby and Kat Cadegan are two woman that inspire me. With their hard work and excellent business sense.

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Corissa O'Donnell Shows Us How To Just Go With The Flow

Corissa O'Donnell is back, babyyyyyy!! Oh man do we ever love her work too, so it's a pleasure to have her again. Ink drawn nudes, birds, bikes, and animals, collaged vintage paper and finds, unique vintage frames. Prints available in many forms, just let her know if you want an image on a functional piece like a t-shirt, mug, pillow, shoes... Really, anything: YOU NAME IT! Head on over to her portfolio site (www.corissao'donnellarts.com) to see the entirety of her workWe had a few questions to throw Corrissa's way to see what inspires her. Read on down below to find out!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
CORISSA: My mental health

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
CORISSA: Not sure, but have done a few commissions this winter and have one planned for this spring.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
CORISSA: Just whatever I fancy in the moment, no big plans.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
CORRISSA: Thomas Poulton, Aubrey Beardsley, David Mann, Marsha Robinson,

Head on over to www.corissao'donnellarts.com to check out the rest of Corissa's tantalising work.

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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.

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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)

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Unique, Hand-Crafted Notebooks by Cyanotype Paper Goods

Janelle Holod, of Cyanotype Paper Goods, hand-stitches beautiful books together here in Edmonton. Cyanotype makes gorgeous and functional notebooks in small editions. These small rotations of books allow Janelle to create unique books to suit whatever new patterns she finds. Not shy of vending with Bison, this is Cyanotypes second time selling with us and we are thrilled to have her back! You can follow Cyanotypes progress on instagram (@cyanotypepaper) and twitter (@janelleholoddes). Read on down below to see what inspires Janelle to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
CPG:I always like to be doing something, if I have some free time I'm always looking for a good project to keep me busy. Making is a great outlet for me, because I can be doing the physical making, future planning, or designing something new.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
CPG: I'm launching books with my own designs on them, which is pretty exciting.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
CPG: I'm looking at getting some help with production so that I can put out a day planner - I've been doing a lot of research on layouts and how people use their planners so I can design a good layout.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
CPG: Jessica Hische is a huge inspiration for side projects, Elizabeth Olwen and Marimekko are also current favorites since I'm working on my surface designs.

You can find Cyanotype Paper Goods online shop at www.cyanotypepaper.com

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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...

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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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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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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