spring 2019

Mother's Day Gift Guide

OK, all: this Sunday is Mother’s Day! If you’ve got a mom you wanna celebrate, take her for brunch or whatever and then, may we suggest you bring her to Royal Bison? Dare we even suggest that she can choose her own gift as you wander the aisles, a cup of Coffee Bureau in hand? Well, if you wanna pre-pick something for her, this Bison demurs, and here’s some ideas for you!

1) New vendor, Oil and Birch will be bringing these bold, tarot inspired ceramics. For your "tender-yet-tough" moms.

2) Angie Sotiropoulos is a narrative based mixed media artist creating small sculptural works and illustrations about the Society of Curious Creatures. Find her museum-esque egg collections long with drawings and prints.

3) Get the perfect gift AND save the planet?! Simpatico Makers will be offering beeswax warps in fun patterns.

4) Don’t forget the card! Celebrate your Best Mom with adorable letterpress cards by Homework Letterpress Studio.

5) Mariah Barnaby-Norris and Erin Nagy (This Might Work Creative) are teaming up this year as a new vendor, bringing rad illustrative goods and products. We are OVARY excited to have them.

6) This porcelain cloud tea set is perfect for a few cups of tea with your favourite mother. Mynthia McDaniel (Mynthia), a ceramic artist based in Calgary, is making a special trip to Bison with her goodies!

7) Mothers Day has a special significant to new perfume vendor, Evocatif Natural Perfume : “because my late mother Donna had terrible allergies to synthetic fragrances! She is the heart and soul of Evocatif Perfumes natural stance, we even designed a special perfume just for her; MoonQueen.”

8) Esmahan from Buno Design will be bringing these semi precious macrame bracelets for Mother’s Day. Their designs are sustainable and handcrafted, using recycled beads, reclaimed old jewelry and vintage pieces.

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Father's Day Gift Guide


Can we take a second to remind you that Father’s Day is around the corner too? We have tons of gift ideas for all parents, all genders, and all ages! Read on:

1) We think these pins by Infant Industrial Complex speak for themselves. Because “it's hard trying to be a parent who doesn't swear, because being a parent also increases the need to swear exponentially”. Obvs.

2) New Bison vendor, Ruta Nichol, loves to make minimalistic, adorable ceramics for adorable people . These fridge magnets are perfect for all loved ones, because “we are all kings and queens to someone or many”.

3) Got a hip, music-loving, Bowie-channelling dad in your life? You can't go wrong with these awesome dolls by Colour Me Weird.

4) Nick Boss Ross is an Edmonton illustrator who loves movies and pop culture. He is currently doing a series of Edmonton movie theatres.

5) Beautiful, handmade, wax canvas goods by Copper Cherry are back! This time, with an all new, all-black collection. Perfect for those who love adventure!

6) We’re excited to welcome back Drwbnsn Illustrations & junk! He’ll be slinging pins, screen prints, and more - Including this “Foot Meat” poster.

7) Dads always need new socks. Keep him cool with these modern patterns by Urban Drawer!

8) Still don't know what to get dad? You can never go wrong with anything by Strathcona Spirits.

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Les Arts Plastiques

Alicia Pawlowski of Les Arts Plastiques is a Bison mainstay by now (we think this is year 6 for her at the fair), and she’s always been such a wonderful part of our maker community. And it’s been such a treat to see her work grow over the years, too!

“I make one of a kind, limited run jewelry in sterling silver and brass with a lot of gemstones. My designs are heavily inspired by art deco and mid-century motifs.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

How far back are we talking? A paper fish that was bigger than me with gold spray painted macaroni scales comes to mind (age 4).  Otherwise Britney Spears style seed bead fringe necklaces I sold on the bus around age 9.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

 I sometimes (read often) have ideas that are an unreasonable fit for my time/budget/skills. Failing at constructing an idea can be so frustrating and wasteful.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

I put the torch down. Take a walk, go to bed, leave it for fresh hands. After taking a break, I usually have an idea of how to simplify things. Otherwise I’ll just sit there melting and burning up materials and gritting my teeth for hours.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 (or more) words.

 I used to just sit and put materials together at random until ideas hit me. These days I plan a lot more, there’s sketching and practice. A lot of things lately have been inspired by modern art masters, so pouring over how to make a jewelry version of those works has definitely been a big part of the process.

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 If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?

Name?  Benji

Age? I wanna say like 5? He’s my boyfriend’s parents dog, but I love the little idiot.

Any distinct personality trait of theirs? He’s a grumpy, jealous little old man that loves cheese even more than me.

NickBossRoss Art

Brand new vendor alert (soooo many exciting new peeps this spring!): NickBossRoss Art. Nick got his start designing movie posters, and we love seeing where his work has spread:

“I am an artist that focuses on movie posters, and local landmarks. I also dabble in creative writing, comedy, and poetry.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

I started off designing posters for Metro Cinema. The first one was The Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week. It was just a drawing of their signature mop top and that’s it.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

Finding your style.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

Just keep drawing and making things until it finds you.

Describe your current creative process in 3 words. Inspiration.

Procrastination. Creation.

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 If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they? My plants.

Name? Plant #1, Plant #2, Plant #3… etc. '

Age? 2 year

Any distinct personality trait of theirs? They are alive.

Hayley Colours Art

Hayley Andruko of Hayley Colours Art made her Bison debut last year, and we’re delighted to have her back for the spring version of the fair. An elementary school teacher by day, we love hearing about how this influences her work:

“Hayley Colours Art uses bright acrylics to paint that classic Alberta nature in a unique, geometric way. Originally from Calgary, then London, England, and finally Edmonton, Hayley channels the energy of teaching elementary school into her paintings, resulting in a bold, colourful and lively style.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

When I was a kid I used to draw a lot with my Guido – he was an architect, and would help me with proportion and perspective. There were a LOT of wonky faces and buildings (but it was always fun!).

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

Finding the time, especially as a full time teacher. I have all these ideas, and some days can’t help but to crash on the couch and lose myself to Netflix instead.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

Over the last 2 years, since I’ve really started to push my art career further, that allocating specific time (Sunday afternoons, Wednesday evenings, etc) allows me to really get hyped about a current project, and I can build up the energy and get myself mentally prepared to create.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.

Playful, spontaneous, colourful.

Mezzaluna Studio

Maker and designer (and co-coordinator of Royal Bison) Vikki Wiercinski of Mezzaluna Studio is back for another round of the Bison - hooray! At this point she’s a Bison mainstay - here’s what she has to say about her work:

“Mezzaluna Studio is the project of Vikki Wiercinski, a multidisciplinary designer and artist based in Edmonton. Her textiles, paper goods and homewares feature abstract modern original designs and are a meditation on the aesthetics of joy and of shape and colour. She makes her pieces so that anyone can enjoy them - she believes good design is an elemental part of democratic society. Vikki was named Maker of the Year by Western Living in 2017.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

I have vivid memories of drawing greeting cards for my family as a seven year old kid. In design school I started sewing, bookbinding, learning to screen print and building things out of cardboard, it was the freaking best.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

Realizing it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon! Being a maker and designer is simply what I do for the rest of my life. Knowing that creativity ebbs and flows, and you have down seasons and seasons where you are totally on fire, and if you’re stuck in creative block knowing that it will lift eventually. The longer you make things the more you have to do things that don’t involve making things (promotion, website management, order shipping, etc) - sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the other details and forget to design. It’s a fine balance, plus sometimes I just need some couch time with my cats -  not working all the time is a lesson I am still learning!

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

Making sure I won’t have to go back to a cubicle job is basically all the motivation I ever need.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.

Colour, shape, compose.

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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?

Name? Arrow, Bisbee, Kimchi. All cats.

Age? 6, 8, 11

Any distinct personality trait of theirs? Arrow is a dum-dum. Bisbee is a perfect jumper, olympic level! Kimchi is very, very smart.

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Erin Greenough

What happens when you mix illustration, philosophy, poetry, a fascination with the natural world and the oddities found therein? Erin Greenough, of course! A veteran of the fair, Erin is back this spring for another round of the Bison. We’re huuuuge fans of her work, and are excited to see what’s new this time around.

“Art & oddities inspired by science, nature and philosophy by Edmonton super-fan, Erin Greenough.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

When I was 10 I went door to door with my best friend selling drawings to our neighbours for 5 cents. My favourite drawing was 10 cents.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?


Staying motivated to create new pieces, especially when it starts to feel more like work than play. I tend to spend a lot more time doing things like kerning type on my business cards, or tweaking code on my website, than I actually do making new drawings.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?


I tend to motivate myself by starting new drawings, but I never finish them, which makes me feel even worse about the progress. Doing a couple smaller projects that I can have fun with and finish quickly helps me feel back in my game. Switching it up and trying new things I think is an important part of fueling creative energy. At the end of the day though, I’ll always fall back into the familiar satisfaction of (eventually) finishing a dotwork drawing.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.


Inspire, Research, Dive-in.

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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?

My roommates cat “June” hangs out with me a lot

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Stephanie Simpson

Illustrator extraordinaire Stephanie Simpson is back for another round of the fair, and this bison couldn’t be happier. Her elegant work captures the beauty of our natural world, don’t you think? Here’s how Stephanie describes her work:

“I’m an illustrator based in Edmonton. My work is inspired by all things Alberta: flora and fauna, landmarks, national parks, and more! “

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

I remember making a clay necklace as part of a Mother’s Day project in Grade 1. The beads I made were all big and squashed and I painted them a swampy greyish-green colour. I was pretty excited about it at the time.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

There’s a real balance – that I haven’t at all mastered – between hunkering down to get my work done and giving myself time and space to find new sources of inspiration. I tend to focus more on the former, alas!

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

For me, it’s important to keep building time into my schedule to make things just for kicks, without a particular client or goal in mind, and to be easy on myself if I’m not happy with the results. If I’m really stuck, structuring time away from my regular illustration work – to take classes, read, look at work that I like, and visit parts of the city that I’m unfamiliar with – all help get the ideas flowing.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.

Draw, recolour, repeat.   

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Nor Official

A giant welcome back to the Bison to Sherri Cardona of Nor Official! Sherri’s been bringing her most excellent line of apparel to the fair since 2017, and it’s always such a treat to see what she’s making. Here’s how she describes her work:

“I make comfortable, beautiful women’s clothing and modern minimal leather fanny packs. I design and hand craft all of the pieces at my apartment studio in downtown Edmonton and value ethical and sustainable fashion.

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

It was a denim skirt and a matching denim snap top for my high school fashion show haha.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

Managing my time with two full time jobs.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

I like to design and create new things that keep me inspired and excited.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.

Slow, Fun, Inspiring.

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Smithstine Copper

Veteran Bison vendor and maker extraordinaire Kristine MacDonald of Smithstine Copper is back for another round of the Bison, and we couldn’t be happier. It’s been such a treat to see her work grow over the years, and we’re ultra excited about her new foray into enamelled copper work!

Smithstine is a one-woman coppersmithing studio specializing in prairie and Rocky mountain inspired jewelry and accessories. Each piece is designed, sawn out, etched, polished and assembled by hand here in Edmonton.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

A tiny copper circle with a shed sawn out of it and 3D Northern lights soldered on. It was very gnarly and I still have it!

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

Sometimes the hardest part is staying motivated when working from home. It can be tempting to sleep in or do housework instead of work work during the day.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

I find that planning trips away helps motivate me. I think “If you work really hard for the next two weeks, you can take a week long road trip and hardly think about emails and taxes.” I also gather a lot of inspiration when I travel to new places and I come home inspired and ready to create!

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.

Wander, imagine, actualize.

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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?

Name? Franklin & Baffin (kitties)

Age? Not sure, they were both adopted from the wild

Any distinct personality trait of theirs?

Franklin loves to wrap his little arms around your neck and nuzzle in at bed time. He’s a major cuddler. Baffin is a wild woman and can leap really high in the air.

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Stitch Witch

Welcome back to the Bison to Shannon Fox of Stitch Witch! We’re pretty sure we almost broke the internet last year when we posted her work - maybe we can do that again? Here’s how she describes her work:

Stitch Witch is all about hauntingly whimsical, one-of-a-kind embroidered patches for your stuff. All pieces are hand-stitched by textile artist and coven leader, Shannon Fox.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?


A really tiny patch that says ‘Bad Witch.’

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?


For me, there’s a lot of invisible work that goes into making something - like time, problem solving, practicing, exploring new mediums, fixing mistakes, and figuring out how to translate creative ideas or inspiration. Sometimes it’s hard to feel like I’ve accomplished anything until I’m holding a finished piece, which discounts a ton of the hard work it takes to get there!

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?


The most helpful thing for me to stay motivated is to get out of my head and talk it out. I connect with other makers, creatives, or pals to talk about what those challenges are in an open and honest way, which helps me gain valuable perspective. When I finish the product I’m making, other folks have a better understanding of the work it took to get there and those challenges aren’t invisible anymore.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.


Messy. Cathartic. Patience-building.

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SNAP Gallery & Printshop

SNAP Gallery & Printshop is full of the raddest people you’ll find in Edmonton, and they’re also a longtime sponsor of the Royal Bison. Oodles of our vendors create their works in SNAP’s printshop, and we really can’t imagine what the Bison would be without them.

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“SNAP is a non-profit artist run centre dedicated to printmaking in all of its traditional and contemporary forms. SNAP Printshop is studio for print artists and a learning space for the community, while SNAP Gallery puts on free exhibitions of local, national, and international print art throughout the year.”

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Oh, also, in addition to being ultra rad sponsors for the fair, team SNAP will also have a table at the spring Bison, where you can pick up items from their endlessly talented members. And we heard a rumour about some variety of LIVE PRINTING happening, too.

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But seriously, the programming offered at SNAP is endless:

“We have a lot of exciting courses coming up at SNAP Printshop. Some new ones include Pinhole Photography with Max Keene, Shibori Indigo with Erica Vaskevicius, and Weekend of Waste: Art Exploration with Leanne Olson at the Waste Management Centre. All of our Summer and Fall classes and workshops are open for registration online now.”

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The Witchery

Back for another round of the Bison is veteran vendor Katie Karpetz of The Witchery! You may know Katie from her up-high booth at the fair. We fondly recall her listing the Bison as a garage sale on kijiji a few years ago. Her work is incredible, and she describes it best:

“TheWitchery.Ca is run by a Witch who practices European, & Slavic folk magic. Mesmerized by herbs, religious iconography, and the Dead, she is is a lover of low magick who enjoys helping people find the perfect incense, powder or spell kit to draw the intent and energy they are seeking.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)? 

A witch bottle!

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker? 

Creating new things.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges? 

I put on some Russian Hard Bass and work!

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words. 

Coffee, herbs, & research!

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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?

Name? Miso & Poompoom

Age? Both 11

Any distinct personality trait of theirs? Miso enjoys yodeling while I work and poom is in charge of Witchery customer service.

Art by Heather Simonsmeier

Heather Simonsmeier made her Bison debut at the Winter 2018 event, and we’re delighted to have her back for another round of the fair. We love our printmakers here in Edmonton, and we really cannot wait to see her new prints (and graphite works)!

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?


A hard question for me to answer as an artist who’s been drawing most of her life! Skipping all of my young childhood, my first realism drawing commission was a huge milestone for me, and it was for a super supportive teacher in High School. That commission started me on this whole path! I was then introduced to printmaking in University and fell in love with the process. My first print was a silkscreen print of some abstract drawings and textures thrown together.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?


One of the hardest challenges for me personally is finding balance between being a maker and personal life. Being self-employed means creating boundaries for when to work and when to take time off but that can be hard to do. For example, when I have deadlines and I go out to an event or social gathering I often feel guilty for not working on my project during that time even though it might be an evening or weekend and I could use the break. On the other hand, working at home creates a lot of opportunities for procrastination with personal chores, like laundry.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?


Creating a more concrete ‘work schedule’ and having my SO and friends help keep me accountable. My goal is to also have a more separated work studio, so working towards that is a motivator!

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.


Meditative, Observational, Inquisitive

Suzanne Foss

Moooooooooore brand new vendors at the Royal Bison! Hooray! Today let’s meet Suzanne Foss. Super fun fact: Suzanne has synesthesia, which, in her case, allows her to see the words and music that she hears. The resultant art is nothing short of incredible. Here’s what she has to say about it:

“All of the lyrics to a song are embedded within each piece of artwork. The words begin in the top left corner and read across and down to the bottom right corner.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)? 

I have been drawing my whole life, so I don’t remember my first ever drawing, haha. However, the first time I ever embedded song lyrics into my drawings was in 2010 when I was in grade 8. I used to doodle in class at school all the time (still do, teehee). The first lyrics were to a Pink Floyd song off their 1979 album, “The Wall.” Although, I unfortunately can’t remember what the specific song was…

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker? 

Definitely just getting your name out there and getting exposure. Getting people to know who you are and what you do!

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges? 

Focus on the successes that you have accomplished so far! And just continue doing what you’re doing. And try new things, ex: sign up for different/new art walks and markets.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words. 

Listen. Synesthesia. Draw.

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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?


Not sure what a studio pet is? Is that just a pet that you have? I have a dog, she’s
a St. Bernard.
Name? Lucy
Age? 8
Any distinct personality trait of theirs? She’s SUPER silly and loves to lick faces.

Ryspot

You know what Edmonton does well? Like, really well? Concrete. In addition to our expansive collection of brutalist architecture, we’re also home a highly talented assemblage of makers using concrete in far less conventional ways. Case in point: Ryspot. Ryan Spotowski, a third-generation concrete worker, comes about his craft honestly. Now becoming a veteran of the Bison, his work is gaining him attention nationally. Understandably so! Here’s what he has to say about his work:

“Ryspot Design makes home goods from various materials, including concrete, resin, and oddities. Built to inspire you.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

A candle holder that I designed for my wedding. I am still making them today, but in many more colours and shapes.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

Work life balance. I’m very thankful to have a patient partner.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

I have pictures of my dog and cat in my work space.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.

Working till exhaustion

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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?


Name? Draco (cat) and Shasta (dog)
Age? 12 and 5
Any distinct personality trait of theirs? They both shed a lot, so there’s probably a little bit of their fur in all of my pieces. But otherwise they both enjoy lots of tummy rubs.

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Fotohilachas

Huge welcome to brand new Bison vendor María Alvarez Malvido of Fotohilachas! Maria is from Mexico City, and is here in Edmonton as a graduate student at the U of A. We’re very lucky to have her in YEG, and we’re absolutely in love with her work! Here’s what she has to say about it:

“I capture images through my camera, then I print them and then I find a way to alter them with threads...something that I later learnt was called photo-embroidery.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?


I have been photographing since I was a teenager, but I first embroidered one of them when I printed a black and white photo I took of my mom and gave it to her as a Birthday present.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?


For me the most challenging part is finding the time to to sit down and find my own pace in crazy Mexico City. Just taking the time to enjoy listening to music and create what my hands dictate.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?


Taking new photos and finding a music album that I want to listen thoroughly. Also, exploring different sizes, papers and techniques.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.


Free, spontaneous and meditative.

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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?

Name? Ceiba. I adopted her as a puppy. She was recently described by a stranger as a mix of a stray dog and a pitbull...he may be right. Her name is the name of my favourite tree, which is sacred in many parts of Mexico.
Age? 2 years
Any distinct personality trait of theirs? Inteeeeeeense! One of the reasons she became the manager of Fotohilachas.

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Hundr Vidar

We’re pretty sure the very foundation of the Royal Bison is built on a DIY ethos, and we can’t think of a better example of that than the ultra-rad sister duo of Hundr Vidar. Madison and Jenna Dewar are back for another round of the Bison, and we’re very excited to see what creations they have this spring! Here’s how they describe their work:

Hundr Vidar creates unique wearable art pieces, such as gender neutral purses, backpacks, and apparel. All of our designs are handmade from start to finish, sewn and hand printed in YEG by two sisters.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?


As kids, we spent a lot of time with one another, gluing together bits of old paper and toilet paper rolls at our grandparents place. As adults, we always wanted to combine our passions for art and fashion in a more elevated manner. Our first creation together was our convertible tote backpack- which has gone through various states of change to become our flagship product.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?


Knowing when to stop making. We are constantly inspired by almost anything on a daily basis.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?


Having a deadline- such as Royal Bison, is a great motivator to buckle down and create our best possible work.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.


Print, sew, repeat.

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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?

Name? Hannibal and Clarice
Age? 4 years old
Any distinct personality trait of theirs? Hannibal is exactly as her name implies- deviously crafty and wicked smart. Clarice is less so. She really loves food, to the point she may actually eat us if we die whilst working.

Ruta Nichol

Holy smokes, the brand new to the Bison vendor profiles keep on coming - soooo many talented new vendors this spring! Next up: Ruta Nichol. We loooooove her curious ceramics, and can’t wait to see them at the fair. Here’s how she describes her work:

“Inspired by simple day to day life, I create warm, whimsy and minimalistic ceramic sculptures and home decor items. Each of my pieces are individually hand built with ardent care given to the quality of the finish and a generous dose of fun and adventure.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?


Hmmm... a bow and arrow when I was a kid? Also, I remember a shed in a woods. As for ceramics: IT - WAS - A - BOWL , a first pinch pot exersize at school.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?


There are many, but the biggest is the thought that maybe I am not doing it right.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

Just keep making and hold head high.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.

Always identify essential + eliminate the rest. With both aesthetics and a process of making.

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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they? 

Supportive dog and two cats at home.
Name? Yoshi, Vincent, Nochka
Age? 5, 1, 14
Any distinct personality trait of theirs?
Yoshi – best friend ever
Vincent – loving trouble maker
Nochka – small black creature with big character

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Angie Sotiropoulos

If it seems like every second vendor profile we’ve written is about a new vendor, it’s because every second vendor profile we’ve written is about a new vendor! Seriously - we are soooooooo excited to be introducing so many new makers/artists/designers/weirdos this spring at the Bison. Next up on the new vendor parade: Angie Sotiropoulos! We think her work is mysterious, beautiful, and endlessly imaginative. Here’s what she has to say about it:

“I create whimsical, story based mixed media sculptures and illustrations. All of it is part of something I call The Society of Curious Creatures.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)? 

The first thing I ever made was an acrylic painting that was a really simple version of one of my ocean creatures called the Heliconia.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker? 

The hardest part is balancing  between creation time, marketing, life commitments and the job that pays most of my bills.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges? 

Motivation is never a problem. I have ideas always coming to me. I try and keep track of them all in a daily sketchbook practice. What does become a problem is time management and one thing demanding more time than another. Often I will have to put something on hold to deal with another. It’s a struggle I am constantly trying to get better at.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words. 

Whimsy. Story. Quality over quantity production.