TOYS

559 Toys: Safe & Educational Toys

We’re excited to welcome back Jennifer Wilde of 559 Toys to the fair with her adorable toys for the young ones in your life! She designs and makes fun, modern (and safe) toys for babies and small children. Her toys that help the brains and bodies of little ones, but also look good enough to keep out when company comes over. Catch her at the Royal Bison from December 7-9, follow them on Instagram (@play559) and Twitter (@play559) to see more of her work, and read on to learn what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
559 Toys:
A compulsion for beauty and order, I think. With the toys, it was just an extension of that: why can't we provide useful and beautiful things to babies, too?

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
5T:
We've some some sweet sales planned for our shows, as well as some new colours on old favourites, like our rattles and sensory blankets.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
5T:
That we care equally about things looking good, helping the development of kids, and being safe.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
5T:
It's amazing how at home I feel in a space with other creative makers. It's a feeling of freedom and acceptance that I just don't get at the mall, ha!

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
5T:
Not going to lie, I've been on a personal social media break this year, and it's definitely impacted the amount of exposure I have to other makers. Just glancing around my home, I see lovely things made by LoveMaking Designs, Terre Firma Pottery, and a lot of art by my kids.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
5T:
We celebrate Christmas Eve with a simple and humble (yet delicious) meal to be able to properly reflect on the season. Usually it takes the form of a charcuterie sort of deal, but we're really intentional about it not introducing more seasonal stress into our home.

Visit 559 Toys’ website to discover more of the products they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.play559.com

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Add Some Beautiful Monsters To Your Life With Paper Monsters

Joel Kadziolka, of Papercut Monsters, started making and selling at Royal Bison in 2011. First adopted by young professionals as a cool piece of office decor, Papercut Monsters have found their way across the globe for a wide range of fans. The machine-washable wonders are easily held by little hands and have no small pieces, making them great for even the youngest of children. Whether you buy one as a best friend for someone special or keep it for yourself to proudly display your inner creative beast, Papercut Monsters don't mind—they get along with everyone! You'll find Joel and his bespoke monsters at our fair both weekends this year and we're looking forward to seeing his newest creations! Keep up to date with his creations by following Joel on instagram / twitter 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?
PM: It makes me so proud to have had the chance to start my professional life in Edmonton. It is such a nurturing city of creatives who want to make a city with an undervalued reputation be known for what it is: a city with a lot of heart, soul and personality.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
PM: I love the work of Eric Carle, My steady stream of scripted television and pop-culture, and the work of Brian Donnelly / Kaws if I’m to be put on the spot and quickly narrow it down to three.

Q: Favourite Bison items you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
PM: A cast concrete Polypore by Concrete Cat, this plumb bob necklace by Karmen Victoria, annnnnnnd an embroidered hand by Long Gone Arts.

Head on over to www.papercutmonsters.com to see Joel's full shop!

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Beautifully Crafted Woodworks With AC Woods

Alyssa Chappell, aka AC Woods, handcrafts and designs wooden wares for the home and kiddos. Their goods include bright colours, clean lines, and made of beautiful woods. AND all proceeds help support the Canadian Association of Medical Teams Abroad with their medical mission work in Ecuador. Isn't that amazing?! Alyssa made her first alphabet block in 2012 and will be joining us for the first time for the November weekend and we're excited to have her! You can follow Alyssa's work on instagram (@ac.woods) and read on down below to see how she responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
AC: I am honoured to be included in the list of makers within the Edmonton community at the Royal Bison this year. The artistic community in Edmonton is extremely supportive, talented, diverse, as well as a bit random and weird which I love. I’m just super happy to be a part of it and am continually inspired by everyone’s work!

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
AC: Kiddos, geometric shapes, and colour.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
AC: My favourite bison treasure is the beautiful weaving I purchased from Jessica Fern Facette (@fernsschoolofcraft) last year. The colours and pattern are so beautiful!

Do yourself a favour and head on over to www.etsy.com/ca/shop/acwoodsshop to check out the rest of Alyssa's AC WOODS woodwork!

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