ART + ILLUSTRATION

Big, Bold, n Beautiful Hassiblad Photography by JimShootsFilm

**EDITORS NOTE: This was writtten by Bison's intrepid content writer KYLE SCHNEIDER

Jim Johansson, aka JimShootsFilm, has been a huge part of Bison for around 6 or 7 years now, heroically letting everyone in the bigger room know when the market is over so folks can pack it up and count their gigantic sacks of moneys! We love Jim's work and it is so fascinating to see his work in a stunning large format. This is what Jim has to say of his work: "I am a photographer drawn to the margins of places, people, and things. I shoot only on film, using two old (and handsome) Swedish Hasselblad cameras." You can keep up with Jim's progress on instagram/twitter (@jimshootsfilm) and read on down below to get a glimpse of what inspires our Jim to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
JIM: I think, in the end, I equate photography with exploration. Exploration of new places, new things, new people, new aspects of the otherwise familiar. Taking photos is a giant shot of dopamine to the never-satisfied exploratory part of my brain.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
JIM: I've been experimenting lately with printing my photos in a really large format, using super lo-fi techniques. Working with a local print shop, I've figured out how to print three-foot-square black and white prints using an architectural plotter, which is certainly not designed to print photos. The results are these really satisfying, grainy giant prints that work so well with black and white film photos.

RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
JIM: Playing more with these really large format prints. How big can I make them? Oh, and a trip to Australia in June - I can't wait to explore/photograph the outback.

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RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
JIM: This may sound weird and unrelated, but I've really been into 70s French philosophy and theory. I love the work of Michel Foucault and Michel de Certeau and it has really impacted the way I think about power and resistance, two themes that come up a lot in my photography. Their work has helped me place it all within an endlessly fascinating theoretical framework. Oh, and I absolutely love the work of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. I swear every single shot he's ever taken makes me drool.

www.jimshootsfilm.com <<< head on over to Jim's portfolio site to check out the rest of his stunning work!

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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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A Lesson In Going With The Flow by Olivia Forsyth

Exploring the female figure is something a lot of us enjoy and our next artist is in no way shy of expressing sexuality in her unique and low brow style! Olivia Forsyth is an independent multi-disciplinary artist exploring the world of pop-surrealism and punk-rock aesthetics. Originally from Edmonton, Olivia is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Calgary. She first joined us at Bison last year and it was a perfect fit, so we are thrilled to have her back again! Check up on Olivia's progress on instagram (@olivia_forsyth) and read on down below to see what makes Olivia's clock tick:

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
OLIVIA: Just the need to create objects in general!

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
OLIVIA: I’ll have all new ceramic sculptures, paintings and drawings!

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
OLIVIA: I’m currently in school at ACAD working towards my BFA, so I’m always learning new methods of creating art that I will apply to my own practice. I’m hoping to learn more about fibre arts, like weaving!

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
OLIVIA: Currently I’m loving the work of Tara Booth, Katie Stout and Rebecca Morgan

Check out Olivia's progress in her studies on instagram (@olivia_forsyth)!

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Peace, Love, and Taco Grease with Taco Skate Co.

When does a combination of old-school Volkswagon vans, skateboard culture, and a generous heaping of Guy Fieri ever come together??? RIGHT HERE, BABYYYY!! Adriean Koleric/thinkITEM, collaborators behind Taco Skate Co. make lowbrow/diy vibe shirts, stickers, artwork and hand out free taco recipe cards. It's awesome! When you swing by their booth, really do ask them about Guy Fieri: it's a great convo. They first set-up with us at Bison in May of 2017 and we're excited to have them vending with us again this spring! Keep up with the duos progress on both instagram (@tacosk8coand twitter (@tacoskateco) and read on down below to see what's been inspiring them to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
TACO: It’s only natural. It’s literally something I just have to do. 

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
TACO : We got a couple of new tee shirts. One that we named ‘Jim’ after a long time Supporter as well as a new ‘Heritage’ logo tee. Also a fresh sticker pack called ‘HARDSHELL’, button packs that are best described as ‘greasy’ and a bunch of new hand sketches. Oh and recycled skate decks!

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
TACO: We’re working on making free old school cassette mix-tapes that we’d like to include with future orders. We want people to hear what we hear while we were creating the gear they just scored. Also hoping to add a Corn Salad Recipe Card to accompany our Taco Recipe’s. Cause everyone needs a side order from time to time. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
TACO: Ed Templeton (Toy Machine) got us to turn off our laptop and hand sketch again. Rothfink (UK VW Brand) that inspired us to incorporate a vintage Volkswagen vibe. They were also cool enough to reply to us after reaching out for some advice. Lastly VICE cooking shows. We’re still looking back at the lasagna we made off a Matty Matheson YouTube episode.

Check out the full lineup of rad DIY decks, buttons, and stickers at www.tacoskate.co!

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Get Drawn Into The Mind of Stephanie Hayward

Stephanie Hayward is an industrial design student at the University of Alberta who is constantly being drawn back into the world of 2D. She primarily makes illustrations and prints relating to mental health, femininity and natural history. While there is variation to her work, it is united by a general sensitivity to both line and subject matter. It's Stephanie's first Royal Bison and we're real excited to have her around! You can keep up with her progress in the march towards Bison in early May on instagram (@stephanneh) and take a gnader on down below to see what has been inspiring Stephanie to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
STEPH: I make/ design things not only because it’s what I am passionate about, but also because I hope my work can start conversations and bring people together. A lot my illustrations and prints are a form of self expression, but I’d like to believe this is what makes my work relatable.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
STEPH: I’m excited to show off new prints as well as some smaller goods including postcards and stickers!

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
STEPH: I plan to experiment with printing on fabric. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
STEPH: Oh, there are so many! But I’m currently crushing on canadian artist and illustrator Ryan Heshka, illustrator Fran Meneses and the emboridery artist Stephanie Kelly Clark.

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