ILLUSTRATION

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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CMB Print Works: Wildlife & Reclaimed Wood Mosaics

New vendor alert! Caitlin Bodewitz of CMB Print Works is a mixed-media print maker who depicts images of Canadian wildlife and landscapes with the intent to explore human relationship with nature while addressing urban influences, conservation, and endangered species. All of her themes, materials, and processes reflect a conscious effort to be as environmentally mindful as possible. Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow her on Instagram (@cmbprintworks), and read on to discover what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
CMB Print Works:
Creating allows for me to have an opportunity to have critical conversations around things that are incredibly important to me in a visually beautiful and inviting way.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
CMB:
I’m expanding on my series depicting endangered species, including both native flora and fauna, and also creating more pieces with my reclaimed-wood mosaics!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
CMB:
I think my unconditional integrity imbedded in each individual piece done by hand. Also my mindfulness throughout my process to create these beautiful pieces. My art celebrates our beautiful world, but in addition to the message I also do my best to walk the walk…reducing material waste, using biodegradable tape, water-based inks, and using reclaimed materials.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
CMB:
Its so welcoming, supportive, and inspiring!

RMB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
CMB:
SEED: A Calgary-based sustainable clothing company changing the game one hemp pair of pants at a time! Wicked people, beautiful garments, and an invaluable commitment to changing the textile industry to better the planet! Van Charles Art: Curtis is a Calgary-based artist and great friend, who is inspired by a lot of the same things as I am….Mountains! His contemporary take on the the natural world will be sure to please your eyes and spirit as well!

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
CMB:
I’m from a mountain in northern BC and our (very small) community has the greatest tradition where we have a real-life Santa, Mrs.Claus, and elves visit every house on Christmas Eve! Sometimes they ski, sometimes they do shots, sometimes we get toothbrushes, and we always love the magic and joy of it all!

Visit CMB Print Works’ website to see more of their work that they’ll have at the Royal Bison: www.caitlinbodewitz.com

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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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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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Stephanie Simpson: Bright, Alberta-Inspired Illustrations

An Edmonton-based illustrator, who’s also an occasional photographer and filmmaker, Stephanie Simpson creates bright, simple illustrations inspired by Alberta. Her work features images that could be imagined in national parks, city landmarks, and local plants and animals. Catch her at the Bison both weekends, follow her on Instagram (@stephanie.illustrates) to see more of her playful and beautiful illos and read on to discover what inspires her art!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Stephanie Simpson:
Equal parts habit and curiosity: I’ve been making things long before anyone paid me to do it, and when I see a new medium, I almost always want to give it a try (no guarantee that I’ll do it well, alas, but I try nevertheless!).

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
SS:
I have six new Canadian animal illustrations, a couple of Edmonton maps, and a series of fairly minimalist Canadian landscapes. In an ideal world, I’ll also have a few new national park scenes ready for Bison and maybe some little ceramics too!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
SS:
My colour choices get a lot of comments from customers (two of my most popular prints are a neon pink and red bison, and a rainbow-coloured illustration of the Muttart Conservatory).

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community, or whichever community you call home?
SS:
I think it’s a pretty special time to be a part of the Edmonton creative community for a couple of reasons. First up, it’s packed with people who are not only passionate about their work and incredibly skilled at what they do, but are also warm and funny and generous with their time and knowledge. Second, there are so many individuals, businesses, and organizations who are excited about promoting and supporting Edmonton-based makers and artists.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
SS:
I loved following Amy Dixon’s adventures painting her way around Europe and Emily Chu’s on-location sketching around Edmonton. How are these two so productive??

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
SS:
My family and I celebrate Christmas, and we’re all about the quality stocking (where each stocking is topped with a different tropical fruit. Not sure how this became our tradition, but it is!). 

Visit Stephanie Simpson’s website to see more of her work that she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.stephsimpson.ca

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Lidless Eye: Idiosyncratic Illustrations

New vendor alert! Stephen Ferris of Lidless Eye Illustration is a long-time shopper at the Royal Bison, but a first-time vendor, and we’re so excited to welcome him to the other side! Stephen describes his work as “a body of small-scale works that I have been creating over the last 4 months. The pieces in this series are a little bit random; I normally work on larger-scale paintings that require a lot of research and planning, but being able to work on smaller pieces allows me to quickly explore my own strange idiosyncrasies in a non-objective, black-and-white fashion.” Catch him at the Bison from December 7-9, Follow Stephen on Instagram (@stephendferris) and read on to find out what inspires him!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Lidless Eye:
I got into art and design later in life and I feel like I’m making up for lost time. I find it to be a very meditative as a decompressing experience. Listening to endless amounts of music while working on something new definitely inspires me and I try to melt it into my work.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
LE:
I’m going small scale for Royal Bison and will be showcasing all my new creations for the event. There will be hundreds of ink on raw-birch, original illustrations, etchings, prints, and a few trinkets.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
LE:
I’m self-taught; I didn’t go to art school and I learn at my own pace.  My style is a natural progression of exploration and refinement. My work is highly chaotic and calculated all at the same time.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
LE:
Getting involved with Harcourt House this year was definitely a highlight for me. I’ve exhibited in their incubator gallery, and I’ve volunteered there as well. It’s a great community that is artist-run. Outside of that, I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know different online art communities. I got used to the online route when I was living in Northern B.C. and struggled with dealing with the solitude and limitations of showing artwork there when I first started out. It really has allowed me to reach outside on a broader, global scale. I fail miserably at going out very often to experience the art and music scenes in Edmonton. I usually go to the galleries in Edmonton every couple of years and check out the odd music or arts festival.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
LE:
Anatoly TimoFeevich Fomenko, Clint Fulkerson, Jack Shadbolt, Jean Giraud (Mobius), and   K.Vansteenbergen.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
LE:
I have a few, I try to make a massive painting over the holidays and catch up with the luxury of cable television at my parents. Other then that, we order pizza and watch Seinfeld in the living room (no airing of grievances, unfortunately, I think we turned out all right).

Visit Stephen Ferris’ website to see more of his work and what he’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.stephendferrisartwork.webs.com

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Kait Dirk: Surreal Illustrations

New vendor alert! Kait Dirk is an artist who likes to explore surrealism and the dream realm. She’s been creating ink drawings and oil paintings to bring those dreams back to reality, and you’ll definitely won’t to check out her super cool work at the Bison! Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow Kait on Instagram (@kaitdirk) and Twitter (@kaitdirk) and read on to discover where her inspiration comes from!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Kait Dirk:
Artists have a very fun pursuit where they get to make the intangible tangible. They get to explore the inner depths of their mind and bring what they find to life. Creating art has allowed me to look deeper into the nuances of reality and I am grateful for that. I am most joyful when I am creating and will do it for the rest of my life.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
KD:
I have just opened an online shop where I’ll be selling both originals and prints. A very fun leap! I’m also delving into the world of pin creation, they are just so charming and cute and I’d like to design a few of my own.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
KD:
Prints will always be on paper, but the subject matter will always change artist to artist. Everybody is unique! I bring soft colour palettes and dreamy settings. Dark subject matter will also usually leak into my pieces. I’d say my work is darkly sweet.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
KD:
I am grateful for it! Any community of artists is wonderful. It’s encouraging and inspiring to see my fellow city artists follow their dreams.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
KD:
Local crush: Kristine MacDonald! I went to university with her and after school she started a beautiful copper jewellery business. She showed me that you don’t need a 9-5, but rather you can do what you love and get paid for it. I’ve loved watching her business grow and evolve. Far Away Crush: Emilio Villalba. He’s an oil painting artist from San Francisco. His paintings just touch my soul. They have a touch of darkness, beautiful color palettes, and a freeness that you can feel.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
KD:
Have the fireplace and the fireplace channel going at the same time for an ultimate relaxation moment.

Visit Kait Dirk’s website to see more of her artwork and to learn what will be available at the Royal Bison: www.kaitdirk.com

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Paul Twa: Natural Colours & Patterns

On top of working as a graphic designer and illustrator, Paul Twa integrates a colourful and illustrative flair into his line of products, which include cool pillows and apparel, for people’s homes and wardrobes. The images he creates take inspiration from history and the natural world, which he then applies to his products to allow them to become part of one’s daily life. Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow him on Instagram (@paultwa) to see more of his work and read on to discover what inspires him!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Paul Twa:
It’s my way of contributing to the visual world we live in and expressing all my built-up creative energy that needs releasing. Design not only exists in the present but also becomes a part of our history and that legacy is something I find so rewarding.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
PT:
Brand new illustrations for apparel and pillowcases!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
PT:
My work embraces colour, texture, and pattern enthusiastically. I’m drawn towards dense visual imagery and nods to the past which differs from more modern/minimalist aesthetics.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
PT:
It has been exciting to transition from being a full-time student to a contributing creative in Edmonton. I have admired and looked up to so many in our community for years and it never ceases to amaze me how much talent is packed in this city and how welcoming they are to give advice and encouragement.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
PT:
My favourite contemporary creators are Brad Woodward and Josh Emrich, who both work as graphic designers while also selling their personal work on the side. Their work is infused with humour and a retro sensibility I always drool over. More historical inspirations include Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and my great-aunt (a textile designer) Sylvia Chalmers.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
PT:
Decorating gingerbread houses. It’s something that brings me and my other creative siblings together over the holidays and the assembling process is even more fun than eating it afterwards.

Visit Paul Twa’s website to view more of his work and what he plans on bringing to the Royal Bison: paultwa.com

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El Designo: Colourful & Fun Illustrations

After a big Bison-sized break, we’re happy to have Marc Nipp of El Designo back at the Royal Bison! You won’t want to miss checking out his colourful and quirky illustrations! Of his work, Marc says, “I create bright, clean fun illustrations that utilize my 22 years of design experience to weave in and communicate complex information.” Catch him at the Bison from December 7-9, follow Marc on Instagram (@MuchoElDesigno) to see more of his work, and read on to learn a little bit more about what makes him tick!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things? 
El Designo:
I like creating a new solution to a visual problem.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
ED:
The blend of design & illustration in my work.

RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?  
ED:
It’s exciting to see what is produced in Edmonton & that it can compete with the rest of the world!

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RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
ED:
As far as creative types go, my favorites are: Wayen Douglas Barlowe, Alex Ross, Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill, and Jim Henson.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
ED:
I collect retro tree toppers and set them all up on posts in a line, attached to a 2x4 base. It makes a festive room light!

Learn more about El Designo and discover more of his work on his website: www.marcnipp.com

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Stephanie Simpson Illustrates the Vibrant World of Alberta Flora and Fauna

Stephanie Simpson is an Edmonton-based illustrator, photographer and occasional filmmaker. Her illustrative work focuses on bright, simple, and very Alberta-inspired imagery – national parks, city landmarks, local plants and animals, and those sorts of things! She first vended with us in the December market in 2017, and we are thrilled to have her back with us! Keep up with Steph's progress on instagram (@stephanie.illustrates) and do yourself a favour and read on down below to see what inspires Steph to illustrate!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
STEPH: Tough question! It’s something I’ve done since I was a little kid (I took my first painting class when I was 6 or 7, and was both properly terrible and very much inspired). 

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
STEPH: I have new landmark illustrations (the old and new Royal Alberta Museum buildings), new plant illustrations, and I’m tinkering away on a map. I also have a little Canadian landscape series in the works!  

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
STEPH: Most of my work is done digitally, but this year I’m trying to get off of my computer as much as I can. I’m hoping to do some screenprinting in the next couple of months and just signed up for a pottery class at Viva Clayworks.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
STEPH: Tom Haugomat (@tomhaugomat) – master of the Posca marker! I’d like to spend a day in his dreamy landscapes.

Don't forget to check out Steph's instagram account (@stephanie.illustrates) for all the latest in her work!

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Get Drawn Into The Mind of Stephanie Hayward

Stephanie Hayward is an industrial design student at the University of Alberta who is constantly being drawn back into the world of 2D. She primarily makes illustrations and prints relating to mental health, femininity and natural history. While there is variation to her work, it is united by a general sensitivity to both line and subject matter. It's Stephanie's first Royal Bison and we're real excited to have her around! You can keep up with her progress in the march towards Bison in early May on instagram (@stephanneh) and take a gnader on down below to see what has been inspiring Stephanie to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
STEPH: I make/ design things not only because it’s what I am passionate about, but also because I hope my work can start conversations and bring people together. A lot my illustrations and prints are a form of self expression, but I’d like to believe this is what makes my work relatable.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
STEPH: I’m excited to show off new prints as well as some smaller goods including postcards and stickers!

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
STEPH: I plan to experiment with printing on fabric. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
STEPH: Oh, there are so many! But I’m currently crushing on canadian artist and illustrator Ryan Heshka, illustrator Fran Meneses and the emboridery artist Stephanie Kelly Clark.

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Bond Over A Moment With Erin Elizabeth Ross

Erin Elizabeth Ross lives and works in Edmonton- her work has been represented in commercial galleries since 2008, and sits in multiple private and public collections. Along with her commercial representation, Erin has had work in shows at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Latitude 53 contemporary Art Gallery, Harcourt house, the Art Gallery of St. Albert, and recently a public art piece for the city of Edmonton. It's Erins first time vending at a Bison and we cannot wait to have her with us! You can keep up with the latest Erin is coming up with on instagram (@erinelizabethrosspainting) and read on down below to see what makes Erin tick:

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
ERIN: I’ve always (and I mean always) been drawn to making things.  Drawing, paintings, little sculptures and dioramas.  For me it’s definitely something intrinsic I chose to feed- so I guess the easy answer is I can’t imagine a life I’m happy in if I’m NOT making things. 

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
ERIN: This will be my first time ever creating and selling limited edition prints of my work, exclusively for the Royal Bison.  There will be 3 different images to choose from.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
ERIN: I’m still very excited about my fire work (there will be a few for sale at The Bison!) and I’d like to dig further into that.  For me these paintings are about presenting moments of tragedy we bond over, cry over, feel alive over, create stories we pass from generation to generation over.  They depict in a modern way the land I come from, that my ancestors settled and died on, and that I’ll return to one day.

Also I’m on the hunt for something collaborative! I don’t know what it will yet- but I’m excited to work on a project with other creatives.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
ERIN: Oh man- well, I have a lot, a lifetime worth really… but I was living in Cape Town, South Africa last year, and had the absolute pleasure of meeting some creatives over there that were so interesting and honest. The exquisite painter (and baker actually) Alice Toich @alice_toich, the incredibly kind and curious pop artist Keith Vlahakis @keithvlahakis, and the inspired mural artist Ben Johnston @benjohnstondesign (who consequently was born and raised in Cape Town but currently calls Toronto home). 

You can find Erins astonishing portfolio online at www.erinelizabethross.com

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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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Grab Some Vibrant Locally Inspired Prints From Stephanie Simpson Illustration

Stephanie Simpson Illustration draws her inspiration from the local environment, like city landmarks, Rocky Mountain scenes, and animals found in different parts of Canada. Stephanie prints and cuts all of her illustrated prints herself using archival papers and inks. She first started making in 2015 and will be joining us for her first Bison on the December weekend! You can find Stephanie's work progressing on instagram (@stephanie.illustratesand read on down below to see what inspires Stephanie to draw!

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
SSI: To me, it means being part of such a generous community – of inclusive makers and artists who are keen to share what they know, and of individuals, businesses, and institutions that are excited to support the incredible work being made in the city. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
SSI: Alberta-y things (landmarks, mountains, bison), old travel artwork, and kids’ books (a hotbed of illustration talent!).   

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
SSI: A set of animal notecards by Gabe Wong. Giving them away was painful!

Do yourself a favour and swing on by Stephanie's shop before seeing her work in person this weekend here: www.etsy.com/shop/stephsimpsonphoto and read on down below to see what other accomplishments Steph has been up to!

My work was included in the Edmonton Made gift catalogue, and was included in an associated installation in the Gibson Block space back in September. There’s a short article about my working being in the catalogue (alongside other Bisoneers!) here: Edmonton Arts Council article

In addition to working as an illustrator, I’m also a photographer and newbie filmmaker, and made a short documentary in January that picked up some nice press: CBC article, + Huffington Post article.

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OH HEY!!! IT'S THAT OG ILLUSTRATOR EMILY CHU!!

Emily Chu Illustration & Design is a staple-hold at Royal Bison and this year she's pulling from her mildly rebellious youth (her words not ours hahaha) with some gangster rap/dr.dre/outkast rap lyrics AND WE ARE SO EFFING EXCITED!! Emily first joined us in the spring of 2014 under the pseudonym HYMN Graphic Novels and joined us again for the holiday 2014 fair under the now familiar Emily Chu Illustration & Design. We are so thrilled to have her again for both weekends of the fair and cripes almighty are we excited to see her new mildly gangster work!! Check out Emily's online presence on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see how thoughtfully she responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
EC: It means a lot of hard work and passion. But it also means that I have the priveledge to share my work with such a supportive and encouraging community.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
EC: It's cliche, but I do get most of my ideas from my travels. I try to stay off the internet as much as possible to come up with concepts that are more personal and authentic. I love going to modern art and design museums – A year ago, I randomly stumbled across a Keith Haring exhibit in Berlin, which was incredible!!! I also love capturing interesting patterns, shapes, colour combinations.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
EC: Ah! So many. How do I pick one? Well, one of my most meaningful purchases from a bison vendor this year is my wedding jewelry set, custom made by Les Arts Plastiques. Alicia and I started vending around the same time and got to know each other well (I can also say this about many other bison vendors). This summer, she created my wedding bands, earrings, and a custom belt. I also have a selection of sick prints, collected over the years from Bison vendors.

And head on over to her site www.heyemilychu.com to see her full collection of illustration work. It's really very good!!

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Keepin' It Loose 'N Weird With Hamburger Hands

Kyle Schneider, aka Hamburger Hands, is back for another round of Royal Bison with his unique brand of vibrant and cheeky "low-brow" illustrations! He first started selling his work with us in the winter of 2014 and will be with us again for both weekends of our fair - how fun!! Ol' Hamburger Hands will be bringing his collection of art prints, all new "flash tattoo" themed iron-on patches, and rumour has it he's going to be bringing some prototypes of his "Lil' Potheads" - these adorable little smiling succulent planters - with him. The guy has been working his pink, squishy brain off lately - watch him descend slowly into illustration-fuelled madness on instagram (@hamburgerhands) and read on down below to see how he responded to our Q&A:    

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
HAMBZ: I loooooove this city! The arts/music scene here is unreal. There's just something about the mix of blue-collar conservatism colliding culturally with artsy-hipsters creative types here that fascinates me endlessly. To me, Edmonton feels like such a natural place to be creative in - our long winters and festival laden summers just seem to breed some of the most engaging weirdos in Canada.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
HAMBZ: Dungeons & Dragons, psychedelic fuzz-rock, and houseplants! I live a full and interesting life hahaha! 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
HAMBZ: Oh man... I bought a print from Emily Chu a few Bison's ago of this chubby dude floating around in a space helmet trying to get at a hot dog and it has just made me so happy!

Hamburger Hands just got featured by Giphy.com, y'know that company where a lot for your favourite gifs come from, and you can check out his super legit page there at giphy.com/hamburgerhands to check out all his cute/gross animations. Also, do yourself a favour and take a minute to check out his new online shop (shop.hamburgerhands.com) and pick up some weird & cute gifts for you and your besties in time for the holiday season! 

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An illustration of the "Pothead"

An illustration of the "Pothead"

Getting Elemental With Our Friends Taco Skate Co.

Joining us for December weekend, Adriean Koleric of Taco Skate Co., has this to say of his lowbrow DIY skate-life brand: "The company stemmed from an element I had planted in a group of hand sketches from a series called 'HERE'. I would scribble the words "Taco Skate Co" or "Taco Skateboard Company" on characters shirts or the VW they'd be situated next to. It got to the point I was asked to make stickers which lead to hand sprayed shirts in parking lots, which lead to painting a "company" logo on my own '72 Beetle. I joked that it was a "fake" company until I actually registered the name in November '16 and went legit. From there I've been using it as a physical extension of my 'Here' series to the point that it feels like a performance piece rather than an actual business."

Rad. We are so thrilled to have such a creative spirit with us at Royal Bison! Check out his instagram / twitter accounts for regular updates and read on on down below for our Q&A with him: 

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist? 
A : Being a born + raised Edmontonian, it means a lot to be able to create in this environment and give back something to the Community that brought me up. I’ve always felt growing up we had this ‘underdog’ title living in the Prairies and in constant shadow of “The Big 3” Canadian markets of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. So to be able to carve out a small niche and produce work in this town makes it all the more satisfying. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
A: Ed Templeton, Rothfink, and cooking shows on VICE (Action Bronson, Matty Mattheson, etc)

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
A : Framed Print of an old VW Bus from Photographer Jim Johansson. One year we bought the front view and the next year we bought the side view. Hoping there’s a rear one this year.

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