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Take Your Home From Drab To Fab With Cool Factory!

Genevieve Ongaro, of creative brand Cool Factory, has this to say of her project: "I make metallic animal magnets; they are plastic toy animals that I cut in half, spray paint, and glue on magnets. They are quirky and fun, come in gold, silver, and copper, and small and large sizes. I love that the metallic spray paint accentuates the detail of the toys, and allows them to transcend their original purpose; they instantly become classy yet still fun and versatile!" Genevieve first started making in 2014 and first joined us at Bison in 2015. Cool Factory will be selling her goods with us again for the December weekend of our fair and we couldn't be more excited!! You can follow along Genevieve's progress with Cool Factory on instagram (@genevieveongaro) and read on down below to see what inspires her to create!

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
CF: For me, this means being able to experiment and collaborate, while also having various outlets to showcase and share my work! Edmonton is a very quirky and accepting community which makes it easy to put yourself out there and fearlessly try new things.

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Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
CF: Nature and the outdoors are huge for me, as are all things cute and tiny. I love tiny things. Current human influences would be graphic designer/letterer Corina Nika (of the Cocorrina blog) and teeny tiny ceramicist Danielle Pedersen.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
CF: Probably my Sylvia Soo card holder…it’s my fave and I carry it around with me every day.

Cool Factory will be joining us for the December weekend of our fair and you can check out the full collection of Genevieve's work by heading on over to www.genevieveongaro.com

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Cool Factory big-boss, Genevieve Ongaro

Cool Factory big-boss, Genevieve Ongaro

Create Your Own Urban Jungle With The Terrariums Of Little Plant Shop

Little Plant Shop, previously known as Axis Mundi, is the brainchild of Sara Gies and has recently gone through some cosmetic changes – including a new loft sale space opening in December on Whyte Avenue (10462 82Ave). Sara makes each gorgeously built terrarium and plant-based accessories by hand and really takes the time to explain how to care for them to anyone who asks. It's been something she's be doing since 2012 and has been selling with us at Bison since 2013. Little Plant Shop will be joining us for the December weekend of our fair and you can follow along Sara's journey by following her on instagram (@littleplantshopyeg) / twitter (@yegplantshop) and do read on down below to see what inspires her to create each adorable little environment of hers:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/artist?
LPS: Being an Edmonton based artist gave us the opportunity to make a hobby into a farmers market/home business and now the ability to open a shop of our own on Whyte Ave!

Q: What are your top three influences?
LPS: Old-school horticulture, living art/design, and southern California style

Q: Favourite Bison item you picked up at a previous fair?
LPS: Sara's: Carl Sagan candle. Eric's: Cigar box amp

Check out their full collection before seeing them at person this December online at www.axismundi.com.

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Grab Some Vibrant Locally Inspired Prints From Stephanie Simpson Illustration

Stephanie Simpson Illustration draws her inspiration from the local environment, like city landmarks, Rocky Mountain scenes, and animals found in different parts of Canada. Stephanie prints and cuts all of her illustrated prints herself using archival papers and inks. She first started making in 2015 and will be joining us for her first Bison on the December weekend! You can find Stephanie's work progressing on instagram (@stephanie.illustratesand read on down below to see what inspires Stephanie to draw!

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
SSI: To me, it means being part of such a generous community – of inclusive makers and artists who are keen to share what they know, and of individuals, businesses, and institutions that are excited to support the incredible work being made in the city. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
SSI: Alberta-y things (landmarks, mountains, bison), old travel artwork, and kids’ books (a hotbed of illustration talent!).   

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
SSI: A set of animal notecards by Gabe Wong. Giving them away was painful!

Do yourself a favour and swing on by Stephanie's shop before seeing her work in person this weekend here: www.etsy.com/shop/stephsimpsonphoto and read on down below to see what other accomplishments Steph has been up to!

My work was included in the Edmonton Made gift catalogue, and was included in an associated installation in the Gibson Block space back in September. There’s a short article about my working being in the catalogue (alongside other Bisoneers!) here: Edmonton Arts Council article

In addition to working as an illustrator, I’m also a photographer and newbie filmmaker, and made a short documentary in January that picked up some nice press: CBC article, + Huffington Post article.

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Stephanie Simpson herself!

Stephanie Simpson herself!

Accent Your Life With The Exquisitely Handcrafted Spoons Of Grit and Grain

Rachel Beyer, of Grit and Grain, makes insanely beautiful spoons by hand. She's been making them for about two years now, but has been working on tactile, hand-made projects for as long as she can remember! They're so well made they were featured in Issue 30 of Uppercase Magazine (pg82-83)! Rachel first joined us at Bison around three or so years ago on a shared table with some of her buds selling weird illustration prints and she'll be joining us again for the December weekend of our fair. We can wait to see what she's come up with this year! You can keep up to date with Grit and Grain on instagram / twitter 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?
G&G: For me, being and Edmonton maker and designer is about the community. There’s a strong sense of support and encouragement here that’s really great.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
G&G: For woodworking, probably Ariele Alasko, Joshua Vogel and my Dad, who’s also a woodworker and artist.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
G&G: My @sylviasooleather wallet or ceramic bucket I from @kalikabowlby

You can scope out Rachel's full collection of spoons at www.gritandgrain.ca

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Holy moley is Rachel ever talented...

Holy moley is Rachel ever talented...

Celebrate The Simple, Beautiful Moments Of Everyday Life With Kalika Bowlby Pottery

Kalika Bowlby Pottery makes objects to slow us down in a busy world. They are objects that invite us to set the table, take time to prepare and share a meal, reminders that eating and drinking can nourish us on many levels, objects to help us celebrate the simple, beautiful moments of every day. Kalika started working in pottery in 2006 and joining us for her first Bison in 2014. She will be joining us again for the December weekend of our fair and we're super excited to see her new work! You can find her amazing work on instagram (@kalikabowlbyand read on down below to see how she responded to our questionnaire:

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Q: What does being a Canadian maker mean to you?
KBP: It means connecting with people.  It means making objects with care to bring more nourishment into people's daily life. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
KBP: My garden-growing and sharing food are some of my favourite things and they constantly inspire the objects I make. Simplicity and craftsmanship- I strive to make timeless objects with attention to all the detail. Design and architecture that focus on functionality and spaciousness. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
KBP: Salt and pepper shakers from Tomnuk-they are part of every meal! And this bold but minimal brass bracelet from Hunt Amor.

Head on over to www.kalika.ca to check out the full collection of Kalika's work. It's bonkers good!

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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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Yarn Made Local With Alberta Yarn Project

The Alberta Yarn Project is a worker’s co-operative run by Kalea Turner-Beckman, Anna Davidson, and Alliston Findlay. They are committed to making yarn produced in Alberta accessible to the people of Alberta, and crafters everywhere. Even though there is a lot of yarn being processed, spun, painted, and dyed in our province, too often crafters in Edmonton are working with yarns from far away - and maybe not ethically made. They first joined us in 2014 and are back again for our November weekend - and we're super excited to have them! Check them out on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see how they responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
AYP: It means being able to support the local economy in a grassroots way, including small farms, small mills and home-based yarn designers. Our supply chain is Alberta-based and through our business we get to connect the farmers to the urban crafters. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
AYP: Kalea is inspired by Iceland, Anna is inspired by her Mom, Margie for teaching her how to knit socks. Alliston is inspired by designers who aren’t afraid of bring colours.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
Kalea loves her Leather purse from Keri V, Anna loves her Plantiful Blossom Body Butter, Alliston loves to browse the market, but can’t recall ever purchasing anything.

You can check out their amazing work on www.albertayarnproject.com and do yourself a favour and check out their shop there for some great deals!

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Exploring Colours, Patterns, And Form With Canadian Atelier Concrete Cat

Matt & Shawna Heide + Team of Artists/Designers = Concrete Cat: a Canadian studio established in 2007. They explore the use of concrete with a focus on colour, pattern, and form. Concrete Cat produces objet d’art, furniture, sculpture and architectural elements. They first joined us in 2011 and will be with us again this year for the November weekend of this years fair! Do yourself a favour and follow these cats on both their instagram / twitter pages and read on down below to see how they responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
CC: Edmonton has been Canada’s center for oil and gas manufacturing and servicing for decades.  This rich history has laid a foundation for makers in the city that includes skilled labour, access to hi-tech equipment and warehouses holding industrial supplies close by.  The city of Edmonton has been built for the makers to inherit.  

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
CC: Anime, Greek and Roman History, ice cream

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
CC: Papercut Monsters, Erin Greenough illustrations and paper goods

You can find their full collection of work  at www.concretecat.com and check out these incredible articles written about them down below:

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Kelly Behun x Barneys’s 
Sight Unseen article for Kelly Behun x Barney’s Collaboration

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The Concrete Cat Team!

The Concrete Cat Team!

Getting Cozy With Handmade STUFF Pillows

Erin Nagy and Shannon Fidler hand-make STUFF pillows. They screen-print each piece by hand, cut the materials out into shape, sew it all up, and then stuff it full of cloud-soft happiness! They joined us for their first Bison in the winter of 2016 and they'll be back with us again for both weekends this year - we're very excited to see the new work they have for us! Do yourself a favour and follow them on instagram (@stuff_yeg) and read on down below to see how they answered our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
STUFF: We love being a part of this super talented community, as it allows us to show what we make to the people and the city that shaped us and made us the designers that we are today! Being a maker in Edmonton is such a fun, weird and rewarding experience, from the friends that we make along the way, to the joy that STUFF brings. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
STUFF: Our lovely home which is Canada, soft/cozy-ness, and all the the super talented makers in Edmonton!

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
STUFF: That’s such a hard question as there are SO MANY bison items that we’ve picked up over the years... have to say the @coppercherry pencil roll is one of our favs and it’s very handy!

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Jotting Down Notes With Cyanotype Paper Goods

Janelle Holod, owner and operator of Cyanotype Paper Goods, creates gorgeously bound noteboooks. She has this to say about her craft: "I make handmade notebooks in small editions, curating materials to make functional, beautiful books! Pattern, texture, and colour all come together to make each notebook satisfying to hold and use. The hardcover coptic books are sturdy, and open flat for drawing or sketching. The softcover cashiers are slim and lightweight, making them perfect for a purse or pocket. Each book has 60lb paper in a dot grid finish, perfect for drawing, writing, or bullet journaling. Making small editions of prints means I'm continually looking for new patterns and textures and bringing in fresh stock!" Janelle has been creating since 2016 and is joining us for the first time for both weekends of our fair and we're all very excited to see her work! You can check out what she's up to on a regular basis by following her on instagram / twitter and read on on down below to see what inspires her in our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
A: Making here gives me so much freedom to try different things. The community is incredibly supportive, which makes it easy to try new or weird things and find your niche.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
A: Plants and botanicals are one of my biggest sources of inspiration, I choose a lot of florals when I am looking for paper. Surface designs are another big one, I love the variety of patterns and textures people make. Lastly, journaling and list making - it's the only thing that keeps me organized, so I try to make products that are satisfying to work with.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
A: Beton Brut earrings! I have the 8mm studs and wear them pretty much every day.

Head on over to www.cyanotypepapergoods.com to check out her online shop and do yourself a favour and head on over to the Edmonton Made Gift Catalogue feature of her work here.

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I mean... C'mon, that's just gorgeous!

I mean... C'mon, that's just gorgeous!