ILLUSTRATION + ART

Matt Prins makes funnies

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Matt Prins is a guy making funny books, drawing, fun things, and different brickabrack. He says it’s not totally kid friendly stuff, but that’s not to say he’s unfriendly - he tells us he generally likes people, even kids! He also reminds us that he’s old news - he did his number one Bison way back in 2011. We love his sense of humour - you may remember (or even have!) his short story tote Royal Bison bag from previous fairs. Follow Matt on Instagram @mittplins and see what we’re talkin’ about for yerself.

Q: What draws you to making or designing things? I like to make lots of stuff quick and dirty. It’s in the blood. And then make another thing after. And put it all in a line and stare at it and say, “Look how fast I made it all and it’s all from my body!”

Q: What’s new for your this season? Got a very boring zine called BORE. Got some hats and tote bags with a cute tiger/cat on it. And the Dum Dum Postcard Club starter pack! Get them all! Don’t forget to treat yourself to some Series 3 mystery packs – Fun Thing TM.

 Q: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers? Probably my sense of humour. It’s in everything I make and it’s disgraceful.

Q: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community, or whichever community you call home? I love it! I love my friends! I love my home! I love my scene!

Q: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes: Locally, you can’t beat Nick Johnson and Jill Stanton’s illustrations. Internet wise, I’m Currently in love with Tara Booth's work (check it out on instagram!) And I’ve always loved alternative comic makers (as of late I’ve been digging through Nick Drnaso’s stuff and swimming in Osamu Tezuka’s massive library.)

 Q: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us? Fried ham steaks at mom and dad’s on Christmas morning. Put some HP Sauce on it.

Corissa O'Donnell Shows Us How To Just Go With The Flow

Corissa O'Donnell is back, babyyyyyy!! Oh man do we ever love her work too, so it's a pleasure to have her again. Ink drawn nudes, birds, bikes, and animals, collaged vintage paper and finds, unique vintage frames. Prints available in many forms, just let her know if you want an image on a functional piece like a t-shirt, mug, pillow, shoes... Really, anything: YOU NAME IT! Head on over to her portfolio site (www.corissao'donnellarts.com) to see the entirety of her workWe had a few questions to throw Corrissa's way to see what inspires her. Read on down below to find out!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
CORISSA: My mental health

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
CORISSA: Not sure, but have done a few commissions this winter and have one planned for this spring.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
CORISSA: Just whatever I fancy in the moment, no big plans.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
CORRISSA: Thomas Poulton, Aubrey Beardsley, David Mann, Marsha Robinson,

Head on over to www.corissao'donnellarts.com to check out the rest of Corissa's tantalising work.

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Bond Over A Moment With Erin Elizabeth Ross

Erin Elizabeth Ross lives and works in Edmonton- her work has been represented in commercial galleries since 2008, and sits in multiple private and public collections. Along with her commercial representation, Erin has had work in shows at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Latitude 53 contemporary Art Gallery, Harcourt house, the Art Gallery of St. Albert, and recently a public art piece for the city of Edmonton. It's Erins first time vending at a Bison and we cannot wait to have her with us! You can keep up with the latest Erin is coming up with on instagram (@erinelizabethrosspainting) and read on down below to see what makes Erin tick:

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
ERIN: I’ve always (and I mean always) been drawn to making things.  Drawing, paintings, little sculptures and dioramas.  For me it’s definitely something intrinsic I chose to feed- so I guess the easy answer is I can’t imagine a life I’m happy in if I’m NOT making things. 

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
ERIN: This will be my first time ever creating and selling limited edition prints of my work, exclusively for the Royal Bison.  There will be 3 different images to choose from.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
ERIN: I’m still very excited about my fire work (there will be a few for sale at The Bison!) and I’d like to dig further into that.  For me these paintings are about presenting moments of tragedy we bond over, cry over, feel alive over, create stories we pass from generation to generation over.  They depict in a modern way the land I come from, that my ancestors settled and died on, and that I’ll return to one day.

Also I’m on the hunt for something collaborative! I don’t know what it will yet- but I’m excited to work on a project with other creatives.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
ERIN: Oh man- well, I have a lot, a lifetime worth really… but I was living in Cape Town, South Africa last year, and had the absolute pleasure of meeting some creatives over there that were so interesting and honest. The exquisite painter (and baker actually) Alice Toich @alice_toich, the incredibly kind and curious pop artist Keith Vlahakis @keithvlahakis, and the inspired mural artist Ben Johnston @benjohnstondesign (who consequently was born and raised in Cape Town but currently calls Toronto home). 

You can find Erins astonishing portfolio online at www.erinelizabethross.com

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Brighten Up Your Day With Hayley Colours Art!

Hayley Andruko, of Hayley Colours Art, is an emerging Edmonton artist and full-time elementary teacher, working mainly with acrylic paint, lino-cut printing, pastels and digital medium. Hayley's art is inspired by nature, incorporating bright colours and geometric shapes with mountain-scapes, floral and anatomical designs. Hayley is new to the Royal Bison family and we're really excited to have her! You can keep up to date with Hayley Colours Art on instagram (@hayleycolours) and read on down below to see what inspires Hayley to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
HAA: Art has always been second-nature to me! I’ve been colouring and painting since I can remember, although only recently started sharing it with the world. I am constantly inspired by bright and beautiful colours, views while travelling, or the creativity and energy of my students at school.    

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
HAA: This spring, I wanted to focus on sharing my art in an affordable and accessible way. I’ve been making prints of my favourite original pieces for fair-goers to take home without breaking the bank. 

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
HAA:Just trying to get myself out there! I love meeting and connecting with other people in the creative community and learning from other experienced artists. Other than that, I’m going to focus on my online-presence and marketing myself to maximize artistic opportunities (that one’s a bit of a chore), as well as work my way through sizable list of commissioned paintings! 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
HAA: I’ve definitely got some artwork from drwbnsn and Hamburger Hands around my apartment from past Royal Bison Fairs (those guys make AMAZING stuff), and I watch Bob Ross videos pretty regularly… 

You can find Hayley's portfolio of work online at www.hayleycolours.com

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Get Swept Away With The Embroidered Art Of Long Gone

Moira Richey, of Long Gone, has this to say of her brand: "I primarily make embroidery art on fabric, wool felt, and apparel items. Drawing inspiration from all things sentimental, superstitious or ceremonial, each original design is drawn and stitched by hand, by me!" Moira started making things of all sorts for basically forever, but hunkered down and started designing original embroidery in 2013. She first joined us in 2015 and we are SO EXCITED that she will be joining us again for both weekends of our winter fair! You can find Moira's embroidery work  - and some beautiful photography as well - on instagram (@longgonearts) 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?
LG: Having access to a tightly-knit community for advice, support, and friendship. I also appreciate that although Edmonton may not come to everyone’s minds when someone says “arts hub”, but we have so many fantastic creatives here, and if you are one of those creatives you are very passionate about spreading that fact around. We’re more than just a river valley!

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
LG: Objects you might find in a keepsake box, bold tattoo linework, and sentimental feelings.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
LG: A ceramic cactus ringholder made by Danielle L. Ceramics in 2016.

Head on over to www.longgonearts.com to check out Moira's full collection of embroidered goods. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! :D

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OH HEY!!! IT'S THAT OG ILLUSTRATOR EMILY CHU!!

Emily Chu Illustration & Design is a staple-hold at Royal Bison and this year she's pulling from her mildly rebellious youth (her words not ours hahaha) with some gangster rap/dr.dre/outkast rap lyrics AND WE ARE SO EFFING EXCITED!! Emily first joined us in the spring of 2014 under the pseudonym HYMN Graphic Novels and joined us again for the holiday 2014 fair under the now familiar Emily Chu Illustration & Design. We are so thrilled to have her again for both weekends of the fair and cripes almighty are we excited to see her new mildly gangster work!! Check out Emily's online presence on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see how thoughtfully she responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
EC: It means a lot of hard work and passion. But it also means that I have the priveledge to share my work with such a supportive and encouraging community.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
EC: It's cliche, but I do get most of my ideas from my travels. I try to stay off the internet as much as possible to come up with concepts that are more personal and authentic. I love going to modern art and design museums – A year ago, I randomly stumbled across a Keith Haring exhibit in Berlin, which was incredible!!! I also love capturing interesting patterns, shapes, colour combinations.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
EC: Ah! So many. How do I pick one? Well, one of my most meaningful purchases from a bison vendor this year is my wedding jewelry set, custom made by Les Arts Plastiques. Alicia and I started vending around the same time and got to know each other well (I can also say this about many other bison vendors). This summer, she created my wedding bands, earrings, and a custom belt. I also have a selection of sick prints, collected over the years from Bison vendors.

And head on over to her site www.heyemilychu.com to see her full collection of illustration work. It's really very good!!

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Get Lost In The Natural Beauty Of Amanda Parker Design

Amanda Parker Design consists of an expanding collection of jewellery, visual art, lighting, and home accessories that is both modern and refined. Each piece is completely handmade and therefore unique. All of the pieces are created using non-traditional and/or recycled materials employing shapes and textures inspired by nature. Based out of Calgary, AB, Amanda started making full-time after graduating from the Sheridan College Craft & Design Program in 2010, and will be joining us for the first time ever for our November weekend! You can keep up with Amanda's latest works by following her on instagramtwitter and read on down below to see how she responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
APD: Macrophotography, systems and patterns found in nature, and my interior design background .

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
APD: I found Kitty Kitty Yum Yum on the Bison website and purchased online from her last spring. Her cat toys are adorable!

Amanda Parker Design won “Best in Show - 2D Mixed Media” 2016 at the Art in the Pearl show in Portland Oregon and you can check out her full shop online at www.etsy.com/shop/marianandhazel. Her work is mesmorising and we are thrilled to have her with us!

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Keepin' It Loose 'N Weird With Hamburger Hands

Kyle Schneider, aka Hamburger Hands, is back for another round of Royal Bison with his unique brand of vibrant and cheeky "low-brow" illustrations! He first started selling his work with us in the winter of 2014 and will be with us again for both weekends of our fair - how fun!! Ol' Hamburger Hands will be bringing his collection of art prints, all new "flash tattoo" themed iron-on patches, and rumour has it he's going to be bringing some prototypes of his "Lil' Potheads" - these adorable little smiling succulent planters - with him. The guy has been working his pink, squishy brain off lately - watch him descend slowly into illustration-fuelled madness on instagram (@hamburgerhands) and read on down below to see how he responded to our Q&A:    

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
HAMBZ: I loooooove this city! The arts/music scene here is unreal. There's just something about the mix of blue-collar conservatism colliding culturally with artsy-hipsters creative types here that fascinates me endlessly. To me, Edmonton feels like such a natural place to be creative in - our long winters and festival laden summers just seem to breed some of the most engaging weirdos in Canada.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
HAMBZ: Dungeons & Dragons, psychedelic fuzz-rock, and houseplants! I live a full and interesting life hahaha! 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
HAMBZ: Oh man... I bought a print from Emily Chu a few Bison's ago of this chubby dude floating around in a space helmet trying to get at a hot dog and it has just made me so happy!

Hamburger Hands just got featured by Giphy.com, y'know that company where a lot for your favourite gifs come from, and you can check out his super legit page there at giphy.com/hamburgerhands to check out all his cute/gross animations. Also, do yourself a favour and take a minute to check out his new online shop (shop.hamburgerhands.com) and pick up some weird & cute gifts for you and your besties in time for the holiday season! 

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An illustration of the "Pothead"

An illustration of the "Pothead"

Puns For Days With The Fine Art Of Heather Buchanan

Heather Buchanan is back to join us on our December weekend of Royal Bison and holey-moley are we excited to have her! Bringing her pun-heavy sense of humour to canvas, Heather mixes her richly-honed fine arts skills with light hearted pop-culture references and achieves something both harmonious and hilarious. You can check out what she gets up to on the regular on both her instagram / twitter accounts and do read on down below to see what her inspirations are in our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
HB: As a Calgary artist, I’m sometimes jealous of what it means to be an Edmonton artist. Both cities have a similar vibe of enthusiasm and collaboration as a reaction to being in Big Oil territory. But there is definitely something special about Edmonton.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
HB: Lately I can’t stop looking at vintage sci-fi heroines – the weird, crafty, feminine power. I love the paintings of John Currin so much. And everything Wayne White has ever done or said.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
HB: Last year I came home with this collection of small objects – pins, patches, sticker packs, wee illustrations. Tiny bits of strange magic. Eyeballs and screaming faces and screne mountains. I cherish every piece!

Wanna see more of Heather's work? Of course you do! Head on over to www.heatherbuchanan.ca now too see her work and check out that shop! And if you're looking for more to read on her check out this article and cover shot of her for Branded Magazine!

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That there is the good kind of weird, folks!

That there is the good kind of weird, folks!

Getting Elemental With Our Friends Taco Skate Co.

Joining us for December weekend, Adriean Koleric of Taco Skate Co., has this to say of his lowbrow DIY skate-life brand: "The company stemmed from an element I had planted in a group of hand sketches from a series called 'HERE'. I would scribble the words "Taco Skate Co" or "Taco Skateboard Company" on characters shirts or the VW they'd be situated next to. It got to the point I was asked to make stickers which lead to hand sprayed shirts in parking lots, which lead to painting a "company" logo on my own '72 Beetle. I joked that it was a "fake" company until I actually registered the name in November '16 and went legit. From there I've been using it as a physical extension of my 'Here' series to the point that it feels like a performance piece rather than an actual business."

Rad. We are so thrilled to have such a creative spirit with us at Royal Bison! Check out his instagram / twitter accounts for regular updates and read on on down below for our Q&A with him: 

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist? 
A : Being a born + raised Edmontonian, it means a lot to be able to create in this environment and give back something to the Community that brought me up. I’ve always felt growing up we had this ‘underdog’ title living in the Prairies and in constant shadow of “The Big 3” Canadian markets of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. So to be able to carve out a small niche and produce work in this town makes it all the more satisfying. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
A: Ed Templeton, Rothfink, and cooking shows on VICE (Action Bronson, Matty Mattheson, etc)

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
A : Framed Print of an old VW Bus from Photographer Jim Johansson. One year we bought the front view and the next year we bought the side view. Hoping there’s a rear one this year.

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