LOW BROW

A Lesson In Going With The Flow by Olivia Forsyth

Exploring the female figure is something a lot of us enjoy and our next artist is in no way shy of expressing sexuality in her unique and low brow style! Olivia Forsyth is an independent multi-disciplinary artist exploring the world of pop-surrealism and punk-rock aesthetics. Originally from Edmonton, Olivia is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Calgary. She first joined us at Bison last year and it was a perfect fit, so we are thrilled to have her back again! Check up on Olivia's progress on instagram (@olivia_forsyth) and read on down below to see what makes Olivia's clock tick:

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
OLIVIA: Just the need to create objects in general!

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
OLIVIA: I’ll have all new ceramic sculptures, paintings and drawings!

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
OLIVIA: I’m currently in school at ACAD working towards my BFA, so I’m always learning new methods of creating art that I will apply to my own practice. I’m hoping to learn more about fibre arts, like weaving!

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
OLIVIA: Currently I’m loving the work of Tara Booth, Katie Stout and Rebecca Morgan

Check out Olivia's progress in her studies on instagram (@olivia_forsyth)!

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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"