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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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Create Your Own Urban Jungle With The Terrariums Of Little Plant Shop

Little Plant Shop, previously known as Axis Mundi, is the brainchild of Sara Gies and has recently gone through some cosmetic changes – including a new loft sale space opening in December on Whyte Avenue (10462 82Ave). Sara makes each gorgeously built terrarium and plant-based accessories by hand and really takes the time to explain how to care for them to anyone who asks. It's been something she's be doing since 2012 and has been selling with us at Bison since 2013. Little Plant Shop will be joining us for the December weekend of our fair and you can follow along Sara's journey by following her on instagram (@littleplantshopyeg) / twitter (@yegplantshop) and do read on down below to see what inspires her to create each adorable little environment of hers:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/artist?
LPS: Being an Edmonton based artist gave us the opportunity to make a hobby into a farmers market/home business and now the ability to open a shop of our own on Whyte Ave!

Q: What are your top three influences?
LPS: Old-school horticulture, living art/design, and southern California style

Q: Favourite Bison item you picked up at a previous fair?
LPS: Sara's: Carl Sagan candle. Eric's: Cigar box amp

Check out their full collection before seeing them at person this December online at www.axismundi.com.

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