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?
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?
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?
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!
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?
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:

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Exploring Geometric Patterns With Anne Tranholm

Anne Tranholm is a Danish multi-disciplinary artist and stunning designer. She is based out of Calgary AB, and is bringing her mesmerising jewelry to our Spring market! Having first joined us in 2016, we couldn't be happier to have her back. Anne had this to say of her work "I create jewelry pieces inspired by geometric shapes and nature. Each piece is drawn by hand - from the initial designing each shape with pencil and paper to tracing and colouring the final piece with coloured pencil and india ink." You can really see the love and care that go into each piece! WE LOVE EM. You can keep up with Anne's progress on both instagram//twitter (@annetranholm) and you can find out more about what inspires Anne to create by reading on down below!


RB: What draws you to making/designing things? 
ANNE: I believe I have a healthy(?) obsession with creating shapes and finding interesting colour combinations. I will be very observant and see certain shapes and colours in cityscapes and nature. I think it’s a way of taking in my everyday surroundings and abstracting them. O also like the idea of making interesting and different jewelry that will spice up wardrobes (I myself almost wear exclusively black clothes) so making colourful jewelry is a way to add some colour.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
ANNE: I have new earring and necklace designs introduced, matched with some new colour combinations.


RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
ANNE: I hope to develop more shapes, travel more for inspiration and hopefully expand my jewelry line to more shops in Canadaa and across the world. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
ANNE: I am a huge fan of Smithstine Coppers jewelry. I love how she works that copper and owns her skills so amazingly. I also really love Sam Knopp Ceramics and how she uses texture and color to her awesome ceramic work. << head on over to Anne's portfolio site to see all of her amazing work. And make sure to check out her paintings! They're wonderful!