WEIRD + WONDERFUL

Fall Under The Artsy Spell Of Stitch Witch

Shannon Fox, self-professed "Gothic Sprite", is bringing us her incredible free-hand embroidery for the first time ever! Stitch Witch, the moniker of Shannon's artful embroidery, started creating for herself in 2016. She'll be gracing us with her witchy ways on the November weekend of our fair and we couldn't be more excited to have her! Check out her embroidery work and incredible fashion sense on instagram (@foxshannon) 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?
SW: I feel part of a community that empowers, supports, and creates space for me to be my unique and wacky creative self. It feels truly delightful to create art in a community that other creatives understand and show up to appreciate, regardless of whether that community is two best friends or a room full of Bisoneers. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
SW: Handmade textile work, Elsa Schiaparelli and her collaborative couture with the Surrealist art movement of the 1920s-1930s. The idea of magic, channeling it through a handmade item, and share that mysticism with others.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
SW: A print of a black cat holding a crystal ball that perfectly captures my ancient witchy soul from Emil Chu!

Head on over to Shannons instagram (@foxshannon) to keep up to date on all the witchy activities she's getting up to!

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Empowering People Through Thread and Needle With Femmebroidery

Maria Arseniuk, creator of Femmebroidery, began embroidery at age 9, but really kicked off a career in 2014-2015. Her works focus has been Intersectional Feminism, girl-power, and social justice messaging and Maria has gotten some incredible attention with her concept. This will be Maria's first Royal Bison on the November weekend and we are SO excited to have such an amazing woman in our midst! You can follow Maria on Instagram to get regular updates on her work and make sure to read 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?
FB: Well, I’m actually based in Calgary but for me, a big part of being a maker in Alberta is challenging traditional prairie conservatism with bold and impactful statements. I’m hoping to have a small part in making Edmonton weird. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
FB: Intersectional feminism, contemporary pop culture and politics. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
FB: First timer here! But I’m really looking forward to scoring some cards by Homework Letter Press, patches from Hamburger Hands, and soaps by Boreal Folk.

You can find more of Maria's work online at femmebroidery.etsy.com and check out this collection of articles written about her work, including: FempotentialPaper & LandscapesA Quarter YoungThree SnailsAvenue Calgary, and My Modern Met.

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Get Your Low Magick On With The Witchery

The Witchery, brainchild of Katie Karpetz, is Edmonton's own little Internet occult shop that brings European Traditional Witchcraft and Southern-style conjure magick to the North. Back with us again at Royal Bison for for both weekends, The Witchery is run by a practicing Witch with a touch of hoodoo influences. Mesmerized by herbs, religious iconography, and the Dead, The Witch is a lover of low magick who believes that everyone’s world can be enhanced by the use of spellwork. You can check out the new crafts The Witchery is getting up to on a regular basis by following them on their instagram / twitter / facebook feeds and read on down below to get a glimpse into their minds in our Q&A: 

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
TW: You have to be willing to put the time and energy into whatever you are doing, and not listen to people when they say you are crazy. ;)

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
TW: Reading every folk magic and witchcraft book I can get my hands on and the images of Darby Lahger

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
TW: Emily Chu’s Mercat Print: As far as I am concerned this is the most amazing image ever created. :D

Head to www.thewitchery.ca to shop around and do yourself a favour and check out this long list of amazing articles that have featured Katie's work here:

2017 - Buzzfeed - How Witchcraft Became A Brand

2017 – Vice Motherboard - Witches Are Being Kicked Off of Square For Selling 'Occult Items'

2017- Mashable - Business Witches Of Instagram

2016 – Dazeddigital - How To Embrace Your Inner Witch

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The Witch herself, Katie Karpetz

The Witch herself, Katie Karpetz