PAPER GOODS

Cyanotype Paper Goods: Plant & Paper Passions

We’re stoked to have Janelle Holod of Cyanotype Paper Goods back at the Bison with all of her pretty paper products! Janelle is passionate about plants, patterns, and paper, and her handmade paper goods and organic illustrations are incredibly eye-catching! Catch her at the Bison from December 7-9, Follow her on Instagram (@CyanotypePaper) and read on to discover where she finds her inspiration!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Cyantope Paper Goods:
Plants are a major source of inspiration for me, but that also applies to everything natural-history-related! I love seeing art, design, and science mixed in projects. I find patterns really comforting to look at and to create.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
CPG:
This year I've introduced new products featuring new patterns! Pocket mirrors, stickers, and gift-wrap sheets.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
CPG:
I take a lot of care creating my products, and I'm selective about my materials in order to have great quality stuff! I also bring unique illustrative qualities to the patterns with which I create my products.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
CPG:
The Edmonton community is so supportive! It's a great place to try new and adventurous things.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
CPG:
Right now I'm really digging Olivia Herricks' stuff and Archer and Olive!

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
CPG:
We do a Friendsmas gift exchange on New Year’s Eve! That way everyone can spend Christmas with their family, and we still all get together.

Visit Cyanotype Paper Goods’ website to see more of what they’re bringing to the Royal Bison: cyanotypepaper.com

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Get Lost in the Vibrant Patterns of Mezzaluna Studio

Full disclosure: our intrepid content manager Kyle wrote this post!

Vikki Wiercinski, designer at Mezzaluna Studio, is also Royal Bison's boss lady and a helluva wonderful human. Her first Bison as a vendor was in the Spring of 2008 and we are celebrating her ten year anniversary – CUE THE CONFETTI CANON!!! Mezzaluna Studio is all about bold colour and the joy of abstract pattern. It started a side project when Vikki was a full-time graphic designer many moons ago. The project was a runaway train and she now reimagines mid-century themes for modern times on fabric and paper on most days, earning her 2017's Maker of the Year award from Western Living magazine. You can keep up with Vikki's progress on instagram and read on down below to climb into the mind of one of Edmo's brightest creative stars:

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
VIKKI: I really can't imagine any other kind of life for myself. I've been drawing since I was little, went to an arts high school and straight into art/design school after that. I love the mix of ideas, experimentation, aesthetics and business brains it takes to have a go at being a maker and designer - it gets me up in the morning. Offering people a way to easily inject some joy into their everyday through textiles and home furnishings is a dream job and I'm so happy to be able to do it. Sometimes I have to really stop and absorb that this is the life I've managed to make for myself!


RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
VIKKI: I'm working on more paper goods - I've got a brand new perpetual calendar, and coming soon is a blank recipe book and some large prints of my more well-known patterns. I would love to design duvet covers and wallpapers...

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
VIKKI: I always have more patterns and colourways cooking, and ideas for all sorts of  different mediums (pillows, duvet covers, paper prints, rugs, it goes on). I am going to visit Australia for a month this summer, and I can't wait to soak up the design scene in Melbourne - they might be as crazy about patterns over there as I am.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
VIKKI: Heavyhitters: Atelier Bingo, Inaluxe, Lucienne Day and Maija Louekari/Marimekko. Closer to home: Loyal Loot, Division 12, and every single Royal Bison maker who shows up to the fair with a fresh new design experiment to show the world. There is so much to take inspiration from...

You can find the full breadth of Vikki's vibrant work online at www.mezzalunastudio.ca

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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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Jotting Down Notes With Cyanotype Paper Goods

Janelle Holod, owner and operator of Cyanotype Paper Goods, creates gorgeously bound noteboooks. She has this to say about her craft: "I make handmade notebooks in small editions, curating materials to make functional, beautiful books! Pattern, texture, and colour all come together to make each notebook satisfying to hold and use. The hardcover coptic books are sturdy, and open flat for drawing or sketching. The softcover cashiers are slim and lightweight, making them perfect for a purse or pocket. Each book has 60lb paper in a dot grid finish, perfect for drawing, writing, or bullet journaling. Making small editions of prints means I'm continually looking for new patterns and textures and bringing in fresh stock!" Janelle has been creating since 2016 and is joining us for the first time for both weekends of our fair and we're all very excited to see her work! You can check out what she's up to on a regular basis by following her on instagram / twitter and read on on down below to see what inspires her in our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
A: Making here gives me so much freedom to try different things. The community is incredibly supportive, which makes it easy to try new or weird things and find your niche.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
A: Plants and botanicals are one of my biggest sources of inspiration, I choose a lot of florals when I am looking for paper. Surface designs are another big one, I love the variety of patterns and textures people make. Lastly, journaling and list making - it's the only thing that keeps me organized, so I try to make products that are satisfying to work with.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
A: Beton Brut earrings! I have the 8mm studs and wear them pretty much every day.

Head on over to www.cyanotypepapergoods.com to check out her online shop and do yourself a favour and head on over to the Edmonton Made Gift Catalogue feature of her work here.

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I mean... C'mon, that's just gorgeous!

I mean... C'mon, that's just gorgeous!