MC ARTIST // Raymond Biesinger

Raymond Biesinger is an illustrator and artist based in Montréal, Canada, who spent a long time in Canada’s West. He likes concepts, making music, politics, Instagram, 19th century bird’s eye view panoramic maps, and a mix of minimalism and maximalism. He deploys physical things, electronic means, complex geometry and a BA in European and North American political history to make his images, and has been lucky to do so since the year 2000 in over 1000 projects on five continents.

We are thrilled to have Raymond with us this weekend at MC!

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Tell us a little about your involvement in the creative world?

I’m foremost an illustrator, doing assignment for magazines, newspapers, etc., everything from the New Yorker to Le Monde to Monocle and Lucky Peach and that kind of thing. As I get more seniority, I’m finding more and more time to do personal projects, and usually they’re at the intersection of the visual and the historical or the visual and the scientific. Also, I like making music and do so as one half of a minimalist-maximalist noise garage duo called the Famines.

Feline Anatomy smallHow does being an artist and a musician work together? Does one seem to fuel the other, or do they work in synchronicity with each other?

The central rules of what I do as a visual artist kind of double as the Famines’ guiding rules–each thing (my art or what Drew and I are making) tries to make as much as possible with as little as possible, each shuns decoration, each requires a specific argument to justify its existence. One of these things uses one to three colours and thought, the other uses a drum kit, six strings and a voice. They’re simple things, thought about thoroughly and occasionally pushed far.

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Years ago you started an amazing art market in Edmonton called The Royal Bison. What were some of your main drives behind starting this up?

Before I started the Bison in 2007 there was something called Arts Versus Crafts put on by a great person named Tess DeHoog. It was through her that I learned about the modern craft and art fair thing, and when she burned out on organizing it I missed it a lot–getting in front of people and talking about my work is really important to me, given that I spend 95% of my studio time with my head in the sand. Likewise, there were a lot of other people who were really benefitting from taking their art from the closet to a table. So, I made a simple fair that would be accessible to vendors and easy on the organizer. It grew a lot in my hands, and even more in the hands of those I handed the fair off to. I’m delighted it has.

Why do you feel that art markets are important for the growth of a city?

I could write forever on this, but I’m just going to go with how they’re a public low-stakes testing ground for ideas.

europeYou have a BA in European and North American political history. How does your knowledge of history drive your art work?

It steers my choice of subject matter, for sure, but I think I can see the historian’s rational, empirical approach, in most things I do. Every detail in an image should represent a fact, a known thing. Sometimes a cubist-symbolic filter obscures that, but it’s most likely there if you ask.

Rumor has it that you’re working on some illustrations involving Calgary? Will you have these available at MC on the weekend?

That rumour is true. I have a habit of making highly-detailed 24″ square two-coloured silkscreened prints of Canadian cities during specific points in their history, and just this November I made my tenth: Calgary on the 13th of February, 1988. On it you can see Calgary as it was on the opening day of the ’88 Winter Olympics, including some 80-or-so buildings and landmarks. And yes, I have packed most of the edition for the Market Collective. I’m pretty happy to be able to show them off at MC.

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How can people get in touch with you?

www.instagram.com/raymondbiesinger
www.fifteen.ca
Email: raymond@fifteen.ca

MC ARTIST // AS CERAMICS

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Meet Anna-Lise from AS Ceramics. Her beautiful work, and charming MC submission this year, led us to choosing her for Market Collective Debut Artist Sponsorship for the weekend of December 19-21. We love her work, and already feel like Anna-Lise is going to make a wonderful addition to the MC this holiday season. Come and check out her table at the MC and get a little something for that special person on your list (you!)

Thanks for letting us interview you Anna-Lise, and welcome back to Calgary!

 

You just moved back from Vancouver after studying at Emily Carr. What are some great things about Van you’d like to bring back here, and what are some things that you think Calgary could share with that West Coast city?

Vancouver is a great city, I met so many creative people there. For me it was about experiencing something new, so I guess what I can bring back to Calgary is my practice that has been shaped by those experiences and people. Its funny because during my time in Vancouver a lot of the friends I made there were from Calgary/Alberta and I think its that warm sense of community that attracted me to them.

Tell us about your practice and why you are attracted to the medium of ceramics.

I started working with ceramics after graduating from Emily Carr. Creatively I was feeling pretty lost so I signed up for a ceramics class at a community studio. I was instantly hooked and have been spending as much time as possible in the studio since. I just really love the process of working with clay, designing something, experimenting, testing it out and hopefully ending up with something functional and beautiful!

AS CeramicsWhere do you see your practice evolving over the next couple of years?

I have experienced so much growth working with clay and I’m still learning, so just being able to continue to grow and develop my skills further would be great. In Vancouver I was teaching children’s classes, which I loved, I would like to be in a place where I could have workshops for both children and adults.

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What are some exciting plans you have to celebrate the holidays?

For the past couple of years my brother and I have been going cross-country skiing with some friends, its usually a pretty fun day because none of us know what we are doing. That and making/eating a lot of home-cooked Ukrainian food.

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You were chosen as the Market Collective Debut Artist for the weekend of December 19 -21. (and we’re super excited about it) What made you decide to reach out the MC community, and what are you most excited about for the upcoming show?

I have been able to check out a couple of the Market Collective events while visiting and have been really impressed by the talent and community. I was in the middle of moving, which meant meticulously wrapping up ceramics forever and thought of the MC. The chance to be able to participate in the holiday market has been a warm welcome back to Calgary and being chosen as the Debut Artist for that weekend was such a nice surprise, thank you! I’m really looking forward to meeting the contributors and supporters of the market.

How can people get in contact with you to view more of your beautiful work?

My website is the best way to contact me as well as check for updates on stockists and news. For a look into my process you can follow my instagram.

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www.as-ceramics.com

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MC ARTIST // ASHLEY NADALIN DESIGNS

ashley 084Ashley Nadalin Designs was chosen as one of the Market Collective Debut Artists for this holiday season, and we are all excited to see more of this stunning wooden jewelry on the December 12 -14 weekend. Hailing from Toronto five years ago, Ashely was initially inspired by the creativity that she found around her, and turned to her machinist husband for some support to start making her own work. Having never made jewelry before, she started in their basement machine shop, and created a wooden ring. That wooden ring has now grown into a beautiful jewelry line, with all her work constructed out of different North American and exotic woods.

We had the opportunity to chat with Ashely about life, her work, and what she is excited for this holiday season!

 

Tell us about yourself and your practice.

I don’t really think of myself as a fashion forward or trendy person, I just keep making things that I would wear and crossing my fingers that I’m not the only one. I choose the wood by colour, grain pattern and feel and it isn’t until I get to working something that the idea actually comes together. I rarely sketch (except for when I feel I’m on a roll) but tend to just start. I start cutting and sanding until it looks like something that is going to work. It’s funny, some days I make something and wake up the next morning thinking “that’s not a good piece” and will then get to work on it until it’s something I am happy with.

FotorCreated (2)For all the woodworking enthusiasts out there, what is your favourite wood to work with? Would you ever consider working with a different material?

I have different favourites for different reasons. Can you even have that? More than one favourite. I love working with Cedar because it is soft and allows for your idea to come to be rather quickly and it smells like the forest.

I like Birdseye Maple because it is beautiful. The more I sand and polish, the prettier it gets.

And I definitely like African Blackwood because it is not only beautiful, but tough as nails, which requires most of my patience.

I have incorporated leather a couple of times, and I’ve messed around with Beads and metals, but my brain just doesn’t seem to get it.

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What are you most looking forward to for the upcoming show? 

First of all, Thank you again. I’m a little nervous but I am so excited to be on the other side of the table. MC has such a welcoming and creative vibe that just being there is going to be so much inspiration for me. I’m excited to create new pieces and showcase what I love doing in a place where people are going to be excited to see it, regardless of whether they’re into it or not.

 

What is your favourite way to celebrate the holidays? 

Hot drinks and lots of food, friends and family.

My birthday is on Christmas Eve so therefore the Christmas Holidays trump them all. My sister-in-law makes me an Italian Birthday dinner every year on that night. Our growing family gets together to eat and be crazy.

With a birthday during the holidays it’s such a great reason to really stretch it out, wear pretty dresses, and have lots of parties.

I’m also looking forward to lots of snuggles and quiet moments with my husband and our little one year old boy this year.

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Name the top 5 things you like about Calgary (events, restaurants, ways to spend the day, etc)
  1. Blue Skies. I can’t get over how minus 20 doesn’t feel so bad because the sun is shining and the sky is blue.
  2. The food and it’s accessibility. There are so many great restaurants in this city, and I love to eat.
  3. Calgary is welcoming. I find that the people here are inspiring and encouraging.
  4. The river path. Honestly, I hadn’t ridden a bike in years before I moved here, nor gone on a walk just for the sake of walking…I would miss that now.
  5. The plus 15′s. I’m sure if you’ve grown up here they don’t seem all that cool, but you have to admit, they’re pretty outrageous. Like a city in a city…and coffee at every turn.

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How can people connect with you to see more of your work?

  Website

 Instagram

 Facebook

MC ARTIST // TEEPEETOTS&CO

Take a company that is making amazing moccasins and tights, and then realize that they are for the little babies in our city…and man, oh man, how can your heart not swoon?! Fun, fashionable, and made by a mama-friend duo while their little ones run around, this is truly an amazing entrepreneurial creation with a huge future ahead. Started by Nina and Kate,  and chosen for the MC Debut Artist Sponsorship, we are so excited to have them at this Holiday Market Collective (December 5-7).  Let’s give these two creative and intelligent women a warm welcome to our community!

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Tell us a little bit about your business and how it got started?

We are a two-person team with babes of our own, who aspire to deliver unique handmade organic baby/toddler products at an affordable price in a market place where organic baby clothing/accessories are quite high. We came to be because after we had a family we had more time to ourselves so it gave us an opportunity to get inspired and get involved. We have always been interested in fashion, so being new moms it gave us a chance to explore new ideas and take risks!

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For all the mamas out there, what is some advice you have about balancing work, home, and family?

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Well for us both our partners work away from home. We lean on each other. We will bring each other dinner, if we need a break we can always count on one another. Of course every mother knows what you do in these situations: like if the house is messy, it’s not going anywhere. If you haven’t showered in three days, rock your sweats and bun. You do what you can when you can. It’s all a balancing act. Never doubt yourself, if you have an idea run with it, something great might come out of it.

What are some of your favourite things to do with your little babes?

They’re at the age where they want to run, explore and have an understanding of things, so we have to keep them busy! Heritage Park is one of our faves, Glenbow Museum, they love playing trains, and of course being outdoors. We are right by Fish Creek so a nice stroll with coffee and snacks, win win for the kids and us!

layoutHow do you see your business evolving over the next 5 years?

That’s a great question. Teepeetots&co has taken us down a great path so far. I think people enjoy our products and our brand means a lot to families. We are hoping to expand with our Teepeetots Designs. You may have seen our latest Legging design “Frosted Marching Bear” or our NEW Organic Swaddle Blanket. Also to have our own warehouse, providing jobs to other people that will hopefully become inspired by what we have built.

imageTeepeetots&Co was chosen to be the Market Collective Debut Artist for an upcoming Holiday Weekend.  What first attracted you to the MC, and what are you most excited for your first time with us this year?

I think for Calgary, Market Collective is a great outlet. If you’re creative, want to show your work & be surrounded by other local talent, MC is the way to go. A few family members mentioned that any MC experience they had, it was amazing. We had to jump on board. I think we are most excited to meet everyone. See what other artists are showcasing. Check out the atmosphere, the overall experience. We love to support local businesses and love the creative aspect of MC.

layout2What is the best way to contact you and see more of your work?

You can find us on all Social Media and our Website with Storenvy. We also have a newsletter you can sign up for all new products and promotions we have coming up.

Instagram : teepeetotsandco

Facebook : teepeetots&co

Twitter : teepeetotsandco

Email : totemtotsandco@gmail.com

Store : http://teepeetotsandco.storenvy.com

Website : http://teepeetotsandco.com

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MC Artists // Horace & Jasper and Forge Apparel

If you’ve been to Market Collectives in the past, you’ve probably seen the incredible handiwork of Forge Apparel and Horace & Jasper on display.

Forge is very “Calgary”, featuring bags that are stylish, clean, and ready for your next mountain adventure. Eric Goodwin has perfectly captured the essence of our city.

Horace & Jasper is Forge’s rock ’n roll cousin: a collection of finely crafted leather belts, bags, and accessories with just the right amount of added “edgy” details.

Forge Apparel and Horace & Jasper who will both be part of the December 5-7 market, have also recently joined forces in a new shared workshop space! I asked the guys about their work, new shared space, and the upcoming market.

From left to right: Georgia Meadows, Eric Goodwin, Jeffrey Cockram, Liane Marguerite

The Horace & Jasper and Forge workshop.
From left to right: Georgia Meadows, Eric Goodwin, Jeffrey Cockram, Liane Marguerite

Jeffrey (Horace & Jasper), I’ve seen your work before at the market and I must say, you’re doing some pretty amazing things with leather! You also have an impressive beard (I’ve long believed that beards carry super-maker-powers). How did you get started in this business and what led you to get involved with Market Collective?

Thanks for the compliments, both about our leatherwork and about my beard. It actually does give me super powers. I got my start in leatherwork after literally finding some leather tools one day. I was looking for a creative outlet and the finding of these tools was very serendipitous. Eventually my partner/wife/girlfriend type person, Liane, who is a killer lingerie designer in her own right, joined forces with me in the leather goods effort and things have been never been better.

We had left Calgary for Strathmore at one point around a decade ago looking for a sense of community that we hadn’t found in Calgary. It turns out we didn’t find it in Strathmore either. After some thought about what I was exactly looking for in this ‘community’ it dawned on me that community was what you make it. It was decided that we’d move back to Calgary and start a market with loads of great vendors, bands and a party atmosphere. We quickly discovered that Angel, Angela and the MC crew were already doing it, and doing it well. So Horace & Jasper got on board with Market Collective.

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What kind of items are you going to have for sale at the December 5-7 market? Anything new and exciting?

You can expect to see more inventory than ever at our table: loads and loads of wallets—a large number of them hand painted; cuffs; some absolutely stunning new belts with handmade stainless steel buckles; shaving accessories and beard care products; and, of course, the legendary Horace & Jasper purses.

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What makes your products so “edgy”?

Our products are edgy because that’s who we are. I’ve lived a rock ’n roll lifestyle since I was 16 or so. I’ve been in punk bands, lived hard, and made bad decisions because that seemed more interesting than the safe and expected life.

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What’s the biggest challenge in your business?

The biggest challenge for us, at the moment, is not having enough hours in a day to see many of our creative visions through. We want to do footwear, apparel, jewelry, and furniture, to name a few ideas. It can be frustrating to not be able to pursue some of the great ideas we get, but it would be more frustrating to not have the ideas to begin with.

You have so many great details in your goods. Can you tell me a little bit about your process and how you source materials and then how you decide to use them?

We are really lucky in Calgary to have a few solid leather wholesalers around. We buy our leather with an eye on durability first, then we check for a nice feel to the leather, and we choose much of our leather with cosmetic imperfections intentionally. The ranch-brands and scars only serve to make our gear that much more badass. The studs, spikes, and beastly hardware is only natural to keep the balance and scale of the pieces right.

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Can you tell me more about your new shared space with Eric (Forge)? Is it a retail space as well?

Eric and I met at Market Collective a few years ago and found that we shared similar thoughts about what makes a good bag; it’s got to be long lasting and something people really love to wear. We’d been discussing ways we could get our products made in greater quantity without outsourcing. We wanted to keep it local. A chance at some really beautiful studio space came our way and we decided to move in and pool our skills and resources. Our workshop has no retail component, but our work is available at The Uncommons, Kent of Inglewood, and Knifewear stores as well as at most Market Collectives. There are plans for a shop of our own in 2015.

Very exciting! Looking forward to your table at the next market!

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Eric (Forge), I’ve been looking at your bags now for the past hour and I’m drooling over them. You’ve struck a great balance between city sleek and mountain rugged. Where did you come up with the idea to start making bags with that aesthetic?

More than anything, it was just a natural evolution into that aesthetic. It took a while to develop my own voice and style when it comes to design. I love fashion and I love the backcountry, so over time I sort of merged the two into my own unique style.

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The “mountain look” is pretty trendy right now, but what makes your approach and style different?

What makes my approach different is that it’s very authentic to who I am. It’s not a large company asking the question, “how do we tap into the mountain aesthetic?” I grew up in the alpine—well, I grew up in Calgary, but I was in the backcountry a lot as a child—and I still make it out to the mountains as often as I can. In fact, the mountain aesthetic is so authentically Forge, that all of the mountain photography on the website is my own.

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There’s a lot of craftsmanship that goes into your bags. Do you make all the bags yourself? Where did you learn to design and make bags?

I don’t make all of the bags myself anymore, but I have an amazing team here in Calgary that works on my bags. I still do most of the top-stitching on each bag. I have never had any formal education in design, but I have always had a passion for design. At first it was a lot of trial and error, but now I like to think there’s a little less error to it.

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So, you’re going to be sharing a new space with Jeffrey! Sounds like a really good fit for you both. How did you decide that you wanted to share with Jeffrey? Is it because you both have great beards?

Haha thanks, although his beard is a little more hardcore than mine! Actually, we have been talking about setting up a production space here in Calgary for quite a while now. Recently, I came across a space on 10th Ave and thought of Jeffery right away. It’s been really awesome so far, sharing knowledge and equipment, and just having fun with it. I’m really just looking forward to all of the cool things we can do with that space in the future.

Do you have anything new or exciting planned for the December MC? What’s your favourite thing about being involved with MC?

I recently came out with two new collections, the Street Collection and the Alpine Collection, so I am really excited to show those off and see what people think of them. My favourite thing about MC? That’s a tough one. I think just the atmosphere! It’s so much fun and everyone has a great time there!

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Look out for both Horace & Jasper and Forge at the upcoming market on December 5-7 at the Chinese Cultural Centre.

- Interview by Elyse Bouvier

MC Community // Erica Gosling (Fleet + Wander)

Last December Erica graced our presence as a volunteer.  She quickly submerged herself into the MC Community, and set up shop selling her vintage work shortly after her time as a volunteer. At that time Erica was a new resident to Calgary, and so her involvement in the MC was amazing to watch. Her involvement really was and is a true testament to the friendships, collaborations and entrepreneurial spirit that comes to life during and between each MC. You can find Erica set up with Fleet + Wander at the upcoming MCs: December 12-14, December 19-21 | Chinese Cultural Centre

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How did you hear about Market Collective?
I sold vintage clothing online for years and needed a change. When we moved to Calgary, and I was ecstatic to have found Market Collective online. I wanted to pursue the chance to sell to my customers in person. You can find my shop at www.fleetandwander.com
How did you first get involved?
I actually started out as a volunteer during last year’s December markets. I was new to Calgary and wanted to dive right into the scene.
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What do you think Market Collective brings to the community and the city?
Market Collective is a platform for creative minds alike to showcase their work. When you bring all these talented individuals together in one space, it inspires & drives the whole community. Calgary is up and coming in the arts and culture scene, and I truly believe Market Collective is one of the driving forces behind it.
Tell us something you’re passionate about.

My true passion has always been thrifting unique items from forgotten eras, and giving those pieces current style and beauty.

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How did you transition from an MC volunteer to an MC artist?
As a volunteer, I witnessed first hand the process and excitement of the artists setting up their shops and selling directly to customers. I had never seen anything like it. I immediately got to work on putting together a physical store and applied for the next market.
What is the most memorable thing that’s happened to you at MC?
Mark Mill’s performance at the Folk Fest/Market Collective collaboration. Sex pop flare is right.
What are you looking forward to this holiday season?
Watching my 4 year old twins be excited for Christmas. Tobogganing. Also, being able to put baileys in my morning tea without shame.
Do you have any traditions you’d like to share?
On Christmas morning, my Mom makes this fantasy french toast with melted Caramilk pieces inside. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
What would you say to anyone who is interested in joining Market Collective as a volunteer? as an artist?
Come and join the family! Even if you don’t have anything to sell, come and surround yourself with the Market Collective community. You are sure to be inspired!
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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’ email:branchandolive@gmail.com

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: media@marketcollective.ca

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)

Date: Sunday, December 21st, 2014 – SOLD OUT
Time: 3pm – 4:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)

For further information and registration details, click HERE!

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Marie Rayma // Body Butter 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 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 – 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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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

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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 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

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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: media@marketcollective.ca

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: volunteer@marketcollective.ca 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!

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