MC ARTIST // Kelly Isaak

Kelly Isaak, Artist

Kelly Isaak is an ACAD graduate, artist, teacher, and first-time artist at Market Collective. Her work pulls many elements together to create colourful drawings that seem to leap off the page and draw you into the self-described “whimsy” that she is creating. Her pieces often prominently feature a portrait figure drawn in pencil with splashes of colour and texture. The figures have a familiarity to them, like old friends, and seem to ask you to come and join them. But what really stands out about her work is the use of embossing she brings to many of the pieces: wonderful geometric shapes surround the figures and literally rise up from the page making the whole image seem larger than life. I asked Kelly a few things about her artwork and the upcoming December market:

What are you inspired by?

After graduating from the ACAD drawing program, I was working with mixed media and doing mainly abstract work. I was really interested in working with subtle changes in colour and in building interesting textures. A few years ago, the need to work in abstracts changed. I started going to drop-in figure drawing sessions and rediscovered my interest in drawing the body. It was something I loved doing back in art school, especially studying people’s features. The differences from one face to another and the variations in people’s expressions were — and still are — really interesting to me. I found this also translated in the photos I started taking of people. Photography is something I have been interested in for years and my photos were inspiring the drawings I was producing.

Kelly Isaak, Artist

I love the textures you use! How did the decision to incorporate those come about?

The textures in my drawings play a big — though not always obvious — part of my images. I like to draw people into my images and the subtle textures in both the drawings themselves and the embossings, allow for the people to be the focus. I think the textures are a remnant of the abstract work I did before.

Kelly Isaak, Artist
Kelly Isaak, Artist

You describe a bit of “whimsy” in your work. Can you tell us about why you include that and where it comes from?

I see stories in the images I create, whether in photographs or drawings. I like to create images that draw the viewer in. Sometimes, the stories are a bit more playful. I have been told I have a strange sense of humour, which works for me!


How long have you been an artist?

I have been an artist for what seems like forever, though, I have been diverted by many interests and paths. I always feel happier when I am creating.

What are you working on right now? Can you give us any sneak peeks into your Market Collective setup?

I am working on a few different things right now. Finishing touches on some smaller pieces for the Market Collective show in December and a series I hope to have multiple pieces for by next summer. I may even have the first one done in time to show in December. I am lucky that I have so many willing models that will allow me to create stories through.

As for my MC set up, this will be my first one, so let’s just say it’s evolving. It will, however, probably feature a lot of white. I love the cleanliness in white: the purity of it. Keeping some of my drawings as white as they are is an exercise in discipline for me because drawing can often be messy. It’s kind of funny how excited I get over different shades of white.



What do you teach? Can you tell us a bit about that?

I teach art and photography at a high school with the Calgary Board of Education that houses The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, an intensive program for students who want to challenge themselves artistically. The students are amazing and challenge me, too. Working with them definitely helps me develop my own skills as an artist.


You can look forward to seeing more of Kelly’s work at the upcoming Market Collective on December 5-7 at the Chinese Cultural Centre.

- Interview By Elyse Bouvier

Introducing the MC Gift Wrapping Station & an Interview with Jill Hoff

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Local artist Jill Hoff has designed us the best wrapping paper ever! This December, we will have a gift wrapping station set up at each of the December MCs, with 3 great prints available. We are making it just that much easier for you to tie up the loose ends, and put a lovely touch on all of those beautiful gifts that you’ll be buying at MC! And, with this special touch, you’ll be able to maintain that wonderful, local, design driven feel.

Check out the gift-wrap station this December, but also don’t forget to stop by Jill’s booth on December 5-7 to see the beautiful work that she has available.

We sat down with Jill to pick her brain about some of her artistic inspirations, and about what she loves most about Christmas!

Jill Hoff 5Where did your inspirations come from for the gift wrap?
I guess the inspirations came from my love of simplistic design and nature, as it usually does.
What are some of your main inspirations this Holiday Season for the work that you’ll be selling at your booth?

I typically draw inspiration from places and things that I love, so basically, nature, coffee and cats.



Show us the designs!

There will be 3 great designs at the gift wrapping station: deer, mountains and cats!




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Every time you have a booth at MC, you share with Tara Put. Why do you like sharing a space, and how does that contribute to your artistic output?

I love sharing my booth with Tara Put! I literally wouldn’t have it any other way. She is a fantastic artist, and fabulous human being, and sharing with her means I get to stare at her amazing work all weekend long. I think sharing a booth helps both of us continue to keep bringing fresh designs and new items each time we participate in Market Collective. Not to mention, having a built in booth buddy, always available to man the tables while the other takes a quick break!


What do you like most about the Christmas season?

What isn’t there to like about the Christmas season!? I probably couldn’t get any nerdier or more cheesy when I say, I just like how Christmas feels.

What is your favourite Christmas dish?

I LOVE gingerbread. Gingerbread everything and anything!

Who would you most like to meet under the mistletoe?

Not sure if it’s a question of who, but rather, what? I would love meet with a box full of kittens under the mistletoe – the more the better!

If someone wanted to stop by your booth and bring you your favourite holiday beverage, what should they bring you?

Oh man, a really good mulled cider (with or without rum) , or spicy tea would be the way to go!

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How can people get in touch with you?

Etsy // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // Or via good ol’

December 2014 DIY Workshops

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Welcome to the December 2014 DIY Workshops!

For every workshop you will receive MC admission, a limited edition MC totebag, and you get to take home everything that you create! Not only will you be leaving with your special creation, but you will also leave the class with a new skill set so that you can continue creating at home! Some of these classes are geared towards creating gifts to give-away, which will help you to make your loved ones feel really special this Holiday Season.

Registration is now open! For all inquiries, please email:

See below for a brief overview of each of the classes being offered. Please click on the individual links to see the full class details! ♥♥

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Sophie Gabias-Moffat // Silversmithing Workshop

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Sophie Gabias-Moffat is a jewelry designer based in Calgary. She has been part of the MC family for a couple of years now, and we are excited to announce her first DIY Workshop with us. This lady can definitely teach you a thing or two about making jewelry!

Date: Sunday, December 14th, 2014 – SOLD OUT
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)

Date: Sunday, December 14th, 2014 – SOLD OUT
Time: 1pm – 2:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)

**Stay posted, we may be adding more of this workshop for December**

For further information and registration details, click HERE!

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Marie Rayma // Body Butter Workshop


Marie Rayma is a graphic designer by day and an avid DIY-er by night. From sewing to cooking to deconstructing whipped soap and mascara, she loves to figure things out and blog about her efforts at HumblebeeAndMe. When she’s not making messes she loves to nap and read books on the RMS Titanic. This is one of three workshops that she will be offering this December. (You may also want to check out her lotion and lip balm workshops)

Date: Saturday, December 13th – SOLD OUT!
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st street SW, Calgary, AB)

For further information and registration details, click HERE!

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Tia Scheffer // Leather Belt Workshop

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When Tia moved to Calgary about a year ago, she immediately got involved in the MC! This summer and fall she’s been traveling and working through BC, and we are excited to have her back for December for this beautiful leather belt workshop.

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)

For further information and registration details, click HERE!

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Marie Rayma // Body Lotion Workshop

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Marie Rayma is a graphic designer by day and an avid DIY-er by night. From sewing to cooking to deconstructing whipped soap and mascara, she loves to figure things out and blog about her efforts at HumblebeeAndMe. When she’s not making messes she loves to nap and read books on the RMS Titanic. This is one of three workshops that she will be offering this December. (You may also want check out her body butter and lip balm workshops)

Date: Saturday, December 20th
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st street SW, Calgary, AB)

For further information and registration details, click HERE!

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Myles and Connor Maxey // Leather Workshop

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Myles and Connor. little lion man. Cigar enthusiasts and makers of virtuous leather paraphernalia. Working in their shop with the sole aid of hand tools, they construct durable commodities which should last a lifetime. This eccentric brother duo will keep you on your toes and they show you the ins and outs of leather work.

Date: Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)

For further information and registration details, click HERE!

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Marie Rayma // Lip Balm Workshop


Marie Rayma is a graphic designer by day and an avid DIY-er by night. From sewing to cooking to deconstructing whipped soap and mascara, she loves to figure things out and blog about her efforts at HumblebeeAndMe. When she’s not making messes she loves to nap and read books on the RMS Titanic. This is one of three workshops that she will be offering this December. (You may also want check out her body butter and lotion workshops)

Date: Saturday, December 6th
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st street SW, Calgary, AB)

For further information and registration details, click HERE!

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Michelena Bamford of Rocky Mountain Wreaths // Holiday Planter Workshop


Michelena loves hiking in the mountains with her family and dogs and wanted to bring a bit of that magic back into her inner city home, so she created a business specializing in native, sustainable plant sources to bring a little Rocky Mountain love to our doors everyday! Instead of buying a planter this December, join Michelena and make your very own creation!

Date: Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)

For further information and registration details, click HERE!

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If you have any questions about the workshops, please direct them to:

Join the Volunteer Team!

Join the Volunteer Team

Want to be a part of the Market Collective Volunteer Team this Holiday Season? Email us at: for more information or click here to sign up! Sign up by November 16th, and be a part of our first ever MC Volunteer Meet & Greet at the new office space!


RAD packs! This brother duo uses recycled denim to make their amazing line of bags. Recycled, local, socially-conscious and literally rad, these guys are a welcome addition to any of our events. We love them at the MC and are so excited to have them be a part of our upcoming 6-Year Anniversary!  Check out the interview we did with them, and come and meet them in person in a couple of weeks!

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Tell us a bit about RAD Packs and how it got started?

RAD is an acronym for Recycled All Denim. We (Rob & Jay) manufacture backpacks & accessories in our garage, from recycled pairs of jeans found in local thrift stores. RAD packs started 2 years ago when I had the urge to try my hand at sewing a backpack. Denim was a no brainer because it’s durable, functional, and fit with Calgary’s western roots. It’s satisfying repurposing a pair of pants to live on as a backpack, instead of ending up in a landfill somewhere.


You guys stress that you use all the components of the denim, and nothing goes to waste. Why is this important to you, and how is this mentality reflected in other areas of your life?

We try to use as much as we possibly can. All the pockets on the jeans become pockets on the packs. We save the leftover denim from our backpacks for our caps and fanny packs. We’re still looking into recycling the leftover scraps after all that is said and done.

Our parents taught us to be environmentally conscious and to reuse and recycle when we were young, so those became our values. We spend our lives outside, and have a huge respect for nature and how fragile our planet is. By making our packs locally out of a product that already exists, and would otherwise go to waste, we’re minimising our environmental impact. There’s so much garbage made in Asia in this day and age, it’s way more personal when you buy from someone who’s making a quality product in North America, with their own hands. RAD reflects the same values that we live by.

It’s always nice to see family working together on a project…what’s it like working as a team of brothers?

It’s the best. We pretty much do everything together (laughs), so working together under the same name came pretty naturally to us. We each have our own strengths, so it really streamlines running RAD together. For us it’s an outlet for our creative energy.

GirlsPack_Detail1You’re both new to the MC, and joined us for the first time less than a year ago. What inspired you to apply, and what insight can you give to new companies and artists beginning to sell their work?

Around this time last year we were looking to expand our market, and while our webstore was working for global orders, we wanted an avenue to share our packs with the community in Calgary. We are strong believers in supporting the local scene, and being able to deal with local artists & craftspeople, rather than purchasing some single serving product from afar that has no love put into it. The MC really provided an outlet for us to become a part of the Calgary community from the business side of things. With some extra stock on hand, we applied, and were gratefully accepted. It was a wonderful experience, and we would recommend it to any other local business beginning to sell their products. Hard work pays off. If you have your own idea, stick with it, and do it to your full potential.

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Day in the life…what does that look like for you? When you’re not making packs, what do you like to do?

Wake up at 7am, eat a nutritious and delicious breakfast along with a tasty cup of joe. Then we head out to the workshop garage, and start sewing till about 5 in the evening with a quick lunch break in the mix and usually a bicycle ride to the post office. We spend a couple days a month “denim hunting” at the thrift stores around the city, and running around to pick up materials. We reserve our evenings and weekends for outdoor activities. In the summer we love going hiking, cliff jumping, swimming, skateboarding, canoeing, climbing, camping, basically anything active outside does the trick. During the winter months we shut down the workshop and go skiing everyday!


You’re going to be celebrating with us at the upcoming 6-Year Anniversary…what can people expect to see at your pop-up space?

We’ve been super busy in the workshop these past few weeks getting prepared for the 6-Year Anniversary, and we’re really excited with what we have to offer! We’ll be bringing an assortment of backpacks ranging in size and colour, from our classic “15 Pack” rucksack with waxed canvas bottoms and leather strapping, to our new smaller acid wash girls pack. We’ll have all you need for heading back to school. We’ll also have an assortment of denim 5 panel caps and fanny packs up for sale!

SS14PackFamilyHow can everyone contact you or see more of what you guys do?

Follow us on Instagram: @radpacks. You can buy our packs in our online store: . Or feel free to fire us an email if you want to talk about a custom backpack or have any questions:


MC Community // The Calgary Collection Season 2: November 14

The Calgary Collection is back for Season 2! The Calgary Collection first premiered last year as a web-series created to promote some of Calgary’s finest folk musicians. Comprised of local film-maker Gillian McKercher and local folk musician Mike Tod, The Calgary Collection is more than just music – it tells the story of Calgary’s rich, yet underrated, folk scene. This year The Calgary Collection promises to provide an even fuller, more complex portrayal of Calgary’s Music Scene. Be sure to tune in on November 14th.

MC took the opportunity to chat with Mike and Gillian about season 2. Enjoy.

For those who aren’t familiar, what is The Calgary Collection?

Mike: The Calgary Collection is a series of short films focusing on active members of the Calgary folk music community. More often than not, and for more reasons than one, Calgary has been thinly represented or skipped over entirely in the past as far as our music goes. The Calgary Collection was a way of showing that there is a thriving group of people, currently very active, who keep the older traditions alive and are adding new ones too!

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What was the response to your first web series?

Gillian: We had a very positive response to our first season. The biggest reward was hearing that the featured musicians were reaching a wider audience. Some of our performers didn’t have high quality video footage of their live music, and we were honoured to change that. Robbie Bankes told me that he booked a few shows based on new audiences seeing his episode. Our viewership was so validating that we went on to develop a thirty minute documentary, Where the Sage Brush Grows.

What types of milestones have you crossed with your project this year?

Gillian: Where the Sage Brush Grows has given us the two biggest milestones since our Season One release. Our first was a live event at Festival Hall where we screened our documentary and had many of our featured musicians perform. We sold out the venue and were able to create the community environment that is mentioned frequently throughout our series. Most recently, Where the Sage Brush Grows screened at Calgary International Film Festival, which was quite thrilling!

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 What motivated the two of you to create a second season?

Mike: I had more questions to ask, more people to talk to, and more to show. After we completed the first season, we realized there were a few shortcomings. Mainly we unintentionally profiled only individual white men playing acoustic guitar or banjo. We wanted to broaden the focus and paint a fuller portrait of Calgary’s scene.

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What are some of the differences between Season 1 and Season 2?

Mike: Season Two will hopefully show that fuller portrait. You will find films on a band, songwriters, academics, Native American singers and dancers, a blues musicians and a singing group. The scope is broader, roomy, and more ambitious.

Gillian: The context of folk music is addressed more in Season 2, too. We go into details about folk music’s relationship to politics, social environment, and physical location. As a result, Season 2 sheds light on why we have preconceptions about folk music in popular culture.

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What has your journey been like in creating a multidisciplinary arts project?

Gillian: I used to think that meeting Mike was by chance, but since working on The Calgary Collection I realize it was a result of Calgary’s increasing interactivity. The Calgary Collection started as just Mike and I, and then it grew to involve artists like sound engineers, photographers, and of course, musicians. We’re fighting against the notion that Calgary is devoid of culture and that makes us who participate in the arts passionate about our work. I think Calgary’s arts scene can appear uninviting, but we’re the warmest community. The key to Calgary developing a healthy artistic identity is by keeping our projects open to each other. Organizations like Sled Island, M:ST, Market Collective, CSIF, and Welcome to the West help each other push boundaries with a camaraderie that is inspiring to me.

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Lastly, where can we watch the final product?

Gillian: You can go to our website We will post a new episode every day starting November 14th for eight days. Like last year, up to two songs will be accompany each episode. You can also check us out on facebook, twitter, and Instagram.


Dote Magazine

Dote Magazine is a new publication that has just launched in YYC. We sat down with co-founder Kate Klassen to chat with her about her plans for Dote. Kate is a long time friend of the MC, and has sold her work at the MC over the years. With this new chapter starting in her creative life, we are excited to have her back at the MC with a fresh new vision, direction and creative outlet.


We are so happy that Dote Magazine launched their magazine at our 6-Year Anniversary. Tell us a little bit about Dote and how it got started?

First of all, congratulations! We were so excited to be included in the 6th anniversary of Market Collective. Creating a magazine was always what I wanted to do. Gathering interesting stories of the people in my community as well as the people who could document them was an idea that I was always drawn to and a couple of years ago, while selling my art as a Market Collective vendor, I started to realize that this was the time. Seeing how our city is turning towards local and handmade goods was really inspiring, so I ran with it!


You have an amazing roster of contributors and columnists putting working together on making Dote a reality. How did you develop this community of movers and shakers?

Putting together our list of contributors was very organic. I met a lot of wonderful creative people during my time as a Market Collective vendor and honestly, about 90% of issue 1 is made up of contributors that I met at or through Market Collective- so thank you!!

Working together as a creative team can sometimes be quirky, crazy and an all-around trip! What is it like with working with such a creative force, and what does a typical day look like?

Working with all of these creative people has been incredible. I had a vision for what the final magazine would be, I pitched it to all of our writers and photographers and they took the stories and ran with them- it was seriously amazing to witness!


Dote Magazine focuses on many different elements of lifestyle, culture, and the arts. Can you tell us a little bit about the different subjects of Dote and why they were chosen?

Our sections are entertaining, business, home, family, food, wellness, and arts & culture. We will also be including DIYs, recipies, and a book club that you can participate in. When choosing our sections we wanted to touch on many different aspects of the lives of Calgarian’s and be open to all sorts of topics and ideas- I would never want to limit where we can go!

Dote Magazine is quickly picking up momentum and we at the MC believe it’s going to be a huge success in Calgary culture. What are some goals for the next year of development?

Thank you for your belief in us! We have big dreams for Dote and this city, but first we have to get issue 2 going! We hope to be quarterly by 2016, so that’s big. We have some community initiatives that we are looking forward to launching and hope that Dote Magazine will add to the cultural development of Calgary!


If people want to check out Dote Magazine, what is the best way to stay connected?

We have a few ways to stay up to date with what’s going on at Dote Magazine. We have launched our website with all of our stories as well as lots of additional content at You can follow us on Instagram and twitter at @dotemagazine for a peek at what we’re up to behind-the-scenes, and sign up on our mailing list for emails and newsletters.



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Bike Scavenger Hunt // September 6


Welcome to our 3rd Annual Bike Scavenger Hunt!

The Scavenger Hunt starts at 12 pm sharp on Saturday, September 6th, on the East Village RiverWalk. We ask that every team bring a digital camera/camera phone.
*Minimum 2 people, Maximum 4 people*

$500 in Market Collective GCs courtesy of car2go
4 growlers + 4 beer glasses from Village Brewery
Backpack, bike side carrier bags, bar tape + stickers from Bike Bike
4 general admission passes to Calgary International Film Festival
$40 GCs to Sidewalk Citizen Bakery
1 free animation class from Quickdraw Animation
4 free MC admissions and 4 free photo booth prints

$100 in Market Collective GCs courtesy of car2go
$20 GCs to Sidewalk Citizen Bakery
2 general admission passes to Beakerhead and Beakerhead bandanas
4 general admission passes to Calgary International Film Festival
4 free MC admissions and 4 free photo booth prints

T-shirts and “Friends of Bike Calgary” cards from Bike Calgary
$20 GCs to Sidewalk Citizen Bakery
2 general admission passes to Calgary International Film Festival
Beakerhead bandanas
4 free MC admissions and 4 free photo booth prints


If you would like to register your team, please email the following information to:

♥ Team Name:
♥ Number of people on your team:

The cost for each team to register is $40. You can pay in 3 ways:
(Upon registration, we will
1. Email Transfer
2. PayPal
3. Cheque

Deadline for Registration: September 2nd


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