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?
Just a few new tees!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
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?
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!
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?
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:

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Big, Bold, n Beautiful Hassiblad Photography by JimShootsFilm

**EDITORS NOTE: This was writtten by Bison's intrepid content writer KYLE SCHNEIDER

Jim Johansson, aka JimShootsFilm, has been a huge part of Bison for around 6 or 7 years now, heroically letting everyone in the bigger room know when the market is over so folks can pack it up and count their gigantic sacks of moneys! We love Jim's work and it is so fascinating to see his work in a stunning large format. This is what Jim has to say of his work: "I am a photographer drawn to the margins of places, people, and things. I shoot only on film, using two old (and handsome) Swedish Hasselblad cameras." You can keep up with Jim's progress on instagram/twitter (@jimshootsfilm) and read on down below to get a glimpse of what inspires our Jim to create!


RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
JIM: I think, in the end, I equate photography with exploration. Exploration of new places, new things, new people, new aspects of the otherwise familiar. Taking photos is a giant shot of dopamine to the never-satisfied exploratory part of my brain.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
JIM: I've been experimenting lately with printing my photos in a really large format, using super lo-fi techniques. Working with a local print shop, I've figured out how to print three-foot-square black and white prints using an architectural plotter, which is certainly not designed to print photos. The results are these really satisfying, grainy giant prints that work so well with black and white film photos.

RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
JIM: Playing more with these really large format prints. How big can I make them? Oh, and a trip to Australia in June - I can't wait to explore/photograph the outback.


RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
JIM: This may sound weird and unrelated, but I've really been into 70s French philosophy and theory. I love the work of Michel Foucault and Michel de Certeau and it has really impacted the way I think about power and resistance, two themes that come up a lot in my photography. Their work has helped me place it all within an endlessly fascinating theoretical framework. Oh, and I absolutely love the work of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. I swear every single shot he's ever taken makes me drool. <<< head on over to Jim's portfolio site to check out the rest of his stunning work!