Fast & Dirty Collective: Collaborative Art

New vendor alert! We’re excited to welcome Jennifer Rae Forsyth and Kristen Hutchinson of the Fast & Dirty Collective! They’re an Edmonton based rotating collective of artists and curators that creates artworks, exhibitions, and art events for short durations. They focus on collaborative making, unusual environments, and challenging curatorial methods. Catch them at the Bison from December 7-9, follow them on Instagram (@fastanddirtycollective) and Twitter (@fastanddirty), and read on to discover what inspires them!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Fast & Dirty Collective:
In our recent work, we are especially interested in exploring the processes of collaborative making. Collaboration is often viewed as an idyllic state where people harmoniously achieve a common goal, but collaboration can also be a battle, a struggle between control freaks, a process of slowly coming to terms with one another’s interventions and ideas, and a space for experimentation. Collaborations are common place in the contemporary art world, with artists and scholars coming together from across disciplines to share similar interests and/or support shared causes. But what if there was no specific goal or aim? What if the purpose of collaboration was to explore the act of collaboration and the co-mingling of individual creative processes and struggles? This is how we approach collaboration.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
In the last two years Forsyth and Hutchinson have been collaborating on art and craft projects. The work we are selling is inspired by our most recent body of artwork titled Get Out of My Way. These items include collaborative artworks on wood panels and reversible, mixed media wooden jewelry pendants.  

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?   
The collaborative aspect of work and that all our jewelry and artworks are unique and one of a kind. The items we will be selling are handmade, collaborative artworks by two practicing artists, where one artist responds to the other's work on opposite sides of the pendants or beside each other on the panels. We have also created panels where we both collaborated to create a single collage image.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
We love the DIY and collaborative aspects of Edmonton’s creative community. The fast & dirty collective was established by artists for artists and we have promoted Edmonton artists at all stages of career development through events that offer an alternative to traditional gallery formats.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
Rebecca Bellmore, Christine Borland, Janine Antoni, Janet Cardiff, Adrian Piper & Shawna Dempsey & Lori Millan

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
Kristen hosts an annual Chrismukkah party where she serves homemade latkes, kugel, sugar cookies, and anatomically correct gingerpeople of all genders.

Follow Fast & Dirty Collective on Instagram to see more of the work they’ll be brining to the Royal Bison: @fastanddirtycollective

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Woodwork With A Skate Influence = AdrianMartinus Custom Woodworking

Adrian Martinus Custom Woodworking is the Calgary, Alberta based studio/workshop of brothers Adrian and Martinus Pool. Working primarily with rescued and reclaimed wood, the duo creates unique furniture designs, interior installations, and creative objects. Their work can be found in private homes, retail spaces, creative studios, and corporate environments. The duo started making serious effort together in 2013 and joined us for their first Bison in 2014. They'll be joining us again for the December weekend of our fair and we cannot wait to catch up with em!! Follow the brothers work online on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see what inspires them to create:


Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
AMCW: That you probably live in Edmonton? We live in Calgary but always look forward to coming up for the Bison and seeing what awesome work everyone is doing and having dinner at The Next Act.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
AMCW: Skateboarding, Film, Skateboarding

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
AMCW: A mountain monster for our niece from Mountains & Monsters!

Check out www.adrianmartinus.com to see their full collection before swinging by the fair to see it all in person! NOTE: AdrianMartinus has been on WesternLivings designer of the year shortlist for the last three years in Eco design, Industrial Design and Furniture Design. We know they'll end up taking the big prize sooner than later, their work is bonkers good!


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:


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!