New vendor alert! NIUBOI came from space to save the world from a life of blasé mundanity. They are a trans non-binary alien who specializes in intergalactic weirdness, and we’re so excited that they’re making a stop at the Bison! Catch them at the Bison from December 7-9, follow NIUBOI on Instagram (@NIUBOI) to see more of their eclectic mix of pins and zines, and read on to discover what makes them tick!
Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
NIUBOI: My first passion is performing, but I have always loved drawing and making things with my hands. When I met Skye of Fingers Crossed Press, I knew that she was the perfect person to help make my ideas come to beautiful fruition.
RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
N: All my items are new! NIUBOI x Fingers Crossed Press have collaborated to create enamel pins, hats, and stickers. I’ve also created a NIUBOI zine.
RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
N: I have the only They/Them pronoun pin designed in Edmonton!
RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
N: We are a welcoming and diverse community making vibrant and contemporary art in every discipline. Edmonton’s artistic entrepreneurs are creating their own opportunities and audiences, and they are challenging Edmontonians to value art as a vital part of their community. I am so proud to be a part of Edmonton’s revolution as we move towards a more engaged community.
RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
N: I love Stephanie Simpson’s prints! My partner and I have a giant print of Stephanie’s Waterton in our living room. Her work is so bold and colourful! I also have a deep love of artisanally handcrafted stuffed monsters, so Papercut Monsters and Monsters and Mountains are my go-to Bison stops every year.
RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
N: Every December I make a big meal for the first day of Hanukkah. Matzo ball soup and latkes is my number-one favourite meal; it’s comfort food. It’s the perfect meal for a cold December night.