MC Debut Artist // RANDM COLLECTIVE

Mike Kerr and Renata Liwska are the co-founders of Randm Collective, which is a local illustration collective who have been promoting illustrators and illustration in Alberta for the last 2 years. They have been creating some amazing waves in Calgary and internationally, and we are excited to showcase them as our Debut artists for the May MC.

RandM Collective’s mission is to promote and celebrate all things illustrative through exhibitions and events in collaboration with artists from any discipline communicating through the use of illustration.

We sat down with Mike Kerr to hear what the collective is up to. Catch them at the May 1-3 MC, where they will be showcasing their work, as well as running an interactive drawing station.

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Tell us a bit about who you are as Randmcollective are and what you do.

The R in our name is for Renata Liwska, a NY Times bestselling children’s book illustrator. And the M is for Mike Kerr, an illustration instructor at ACAD. Collectively we are big fans of illustration, not only the stuff we do, but other artist’s work too. Having been an instructor at ACAD for over 15 years I have had the unique opportunity to see many, many amazing Alberta artists grow and flourish. And through Randmcollective I hope to get others to experience this too. We have a strong tradition of successful illustrators in our province and I don’t think too many people are aware of the impact they have had worldwide, our mandate is to celebrate and promote all things illustrative in and from Alberta. For Market Collective we are also showcasing two of those artists from our collective, Byron Eggenschwiler and Kyle Metcalf.

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I love when artists can work together and support one another and be part of inspirational collaborative projects.  How does community contribute to Randmcollective’s “It’s a Jungle Out There”?

We are super inspired by the artists around us, and it is our hope to share that inspiration with the greater community. “It’s a Jungle Out There” is a collaborative project with some of our favourite artists including Byron and Kyle. It gives us the opportunity to work with these amazing people and share their art with others. And we are excited to share a couple of them in person at Market Collective.

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Working with people is always an adventure! Any good stories you have had in making “It’s a Jungle Out There”.

Working with people is definitely an adventure, but working together with artists … from experience we’ve found that to be an adventure and then some. So in putting together “It’s a Jungle Out There” we designed it so that the artists could work together, but individually. All the contributors were super excited to work together on the project but the reality is that illustration is best done alone – and we all wanted to do our best. We wrote “It’s a Jungle Out There” with that in mind and it resulted in a pretty good story.

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Tell us a bit about the Draw Here interactive piece you will be doing at the next MC.

Draw Here is something we started doing at our art shows to give everyone a chance to be in the show, artist or otherwise. It’s basically artist trading cards but we have template cards with basic shapes (usually animal silhouettes) to draw on. It makes it fun and easy to draw something, no matter your drawing skills.

What exciting things are on the horizon?

A big reason we are excited to be involved in Market Collective is that we have recently signed a two book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing in New York. It’s for a children’s picture book called “Crafty Llama” and it’s about a Llama who knits (of course) and sells her crafty creations at a craft fair. This is the first book we have done together. I am writing it and Renata is illustrating it, and we are hoping that experiencing a craft fair first hand will give us loads of creative inspiration.

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How can people get connected and learn more about you?

We have a blog at www.randmcollective.com, and send tweets from:  www.twitter.com/RandMcollective 

May 2015 DIY Workshops

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Welcome to the May 2015 DIY Workshops!

For every workshop you will receive MC weekend 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!

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.  ♥♥

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Lidy Dipert // Potted Plant DIY (Pre-MOther’s Day Special Class)
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About the Instructor: Lidy Dipert is a  Calgary based blogger who focuses on creating and cultivating unique spaces that integrate original handmade designs and vintage pieces, while keeping up on current trends and designs. Check out her blog: Hello Lidy

About the Workshop: Come join in for a pre-Mother’s Day DIY for some quality time with your favorite lady! You will learn how to hand paint a flower pot to give it a personal touch! It’s not only going to be a whole lot of fun, but you’ll leave with a simple and beautiful pot and fresh plants!

The workshop registration fee for this workshop is good for 2 people (you and your mother), and includes drinks and a light snack.

The Workshop Includes:

+ 2 pots / 2 plants
+ You will learn how to experiment with paint, design and colour
+ 2 MC Limited Edition Tote Bags
+ 2 MC Weekend Admissions
+ Drinks and food

Date: Saturday, May 2nd
Time: 12:30pm – 2pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)
Cost: $50

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Amy Victoria Wakefield // Photo Transfer Workshop AVW1

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About the Instructor: AV is the artist behind North Birch Grove, an original photography + home décor company.  AV lives in Canmore Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. She owns more cookbooks than cameras, has a trusty sidekick Metsä the blue heeler and believes in exploring nature all 365 days of the year.  Wondering where AV is heading to next to photograph? Visit her during the market to find out!

About the Workshop: You will be making your own set of 4 rustic baltic birch photo transfer coasters with an option for some fun text captions over top of your images if you’d like!
Each participant will be given x4 3.5×3.5” custom made blank birch squares to create their set of coasters!
You will be supplied with the needed materials to produce your coasters from start to finish. This workshop will give you the skills + knowledge needed to create your very own image transfer pieces at home!
Note: There is an option to use a fun phone iPhone app to create the text to go over your photos if you’d like.

The Workshop Includes:

+ Equipment and tools
+ Printing of your images on the proper type of paper to create the transfer
+ 4 coasters
+ MC Limited Edition Tote Bag
+ MC Weekend Admission

Date: Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)
Cost: $65

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Rosalyn Faustino // Tapestry Weaving Workshop

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About the Instructor: Rosalyn Faustino was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Studied in Calgary and Toronto focusing on Sculpture, Design and installation work using textile and domestic techniques.

About the Workshop: Students will learn the basics of Tapestry Weaving on a 6″x12″ wooden panel. I will introduce you to the process of creating your own art piece that you can take home and enjoy or share it as a gift for someone special.

The workshop includes:
+ How to set up the basic loom
+ Start weaving
+ Includes all materials
+ Instructional video links and basic terminology
+ MC Limited Edition Tote Bag
+ MC Weekend Admission

Date: Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 5pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)
Cost: $60

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Lidy Dipert // Woodblock Stamping on Pillowcase DIY

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About the Instructor: Lidy Dipert is a  Calgary based blogger who focuses on creating and cultivating unique spaces that integrate original handmade designs and vintage pieces, while keeping up on current trends and designs. Check out her blog: Hello Lidy

About the Workshop: Woodblock stamping doesn’t have to be overly complicated. It can be a super easy process, where you can create gorgeous textiles in your own home with something so simple. From fun patterns to vibrant colors, you’ll learn a minimal technique of woodblock stamping with craft store supplies. Best part is, you’ll get to take home your very own pillow that YOU made!

The Workshop Includes:

+ All supplies
+ 1 pillow and pillowcase
+ MC Limited Edition Tote Bag
+ MC Weekend Admission

Date: Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Time: 2:30pm – 4pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)
Cost: $55

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If you have any questions about the workshops, please direct them to: media@marketcollective.ca

May 1-3 Volunteer Registration

 

May Volunteer InstaThe volunteer registration is now open for the May 1-3 Market Collective. This is a great way to get to know new people, the Market Collective community and this wonderful talented city. No prior volunteer experience is necessary. If you are energetic, passionate, and committed, we want you!

Each volunteer is given a volunteer package that includes: MC gift card, Meal Card, Photobooth Voucher, Tote Bag and T-shirt.

If you would like to schedule a shift, click Here.

Questions? Email Josh Sison: volunteer@marketcollective.ca

MC Debut Artist / Dreamboat Lucy

Louanna and Hilary Murphy are the beautiful sister duo that make up Dreamboat Lucy. These ladies have been chosen as our March 2015 debut artists and we are happy to have them at the March MC showcasing their clothing and jewelry. Dreamboat Lucy has made an impression on the Canadian fashion scene as a line of finely constructed pieces with a feminine aesthetic, a rock and roll edge and a retro feel.

Who makes up the team at Dreamboat Lucy?

Louanna Murphy and I (Hilary Murphy) are the sole owners and operators of Dreamboat Lucy.

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What are some of the highlights that come from being in a creative business as sisters?

Being sisters, working together comes very naturally for us. We are very like minded and are usually on the same page when it comes to fashion. We are not only sisters and business partners but best friends so it makes for a really fun work environment.

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Do you each have specific roles in the company, or do you each do a bit of everything?

Louanna designs and produces all of the clothing and Hilary all of the jewelry. Hilary also controls our social media platforms and website updates .

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Hailing from PEI, you have chosen to make the move to Calgary. What are some of the things that brought you out West?

Calgary is such a young city and we felt that it’s fashion scene was a relatively untapped market. We also have lots of friends and family here which made for an easy transition to the West.

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What are some of pieces that we can expect to see at the March 13-15 MC?

We’ll have some of our staple pieces such as our kimonos, furry vests, pyrite and sea glass jewelry. We’ll also be debuting some exciting new pieces as well as some cool fashion illustrations.

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You can find Dreamboat Lucy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at the MC March 13-15.

March 2015 DIY Workshops

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Welcome to the March 2015 DIY Workshops!

For every workshop you will receive MC weekend 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!

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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Roni Zaide // Make your own Raw vegan chocolate workshop

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Roni has been playing with food since she was a little kid. ‘Playing’ is a key word as she likes to keep her time in the kitchen fun. Her passion for delicious and nutritious eats has taken her around the world to explore different cuisines and to meet the people behind the pots and pans.

Join Roni from Roni’s Kitchen for a couple of hours of fun in the kitchen- to talk about food, make it, and of course.. eat it!

Date: Sunday, March 15th, 2015
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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Andi Strand // How To Market and Promote Your WorkMC Workshop with The Dream Shop Shop

Andi is a former handmade handbag designer turned business + lifestyle blogger. Andi and her fiance run their creative businesses alongside one another and share a lot of behind-the-scenes on her blog, The Dream Job Shop. Join her in this workshop for some great business tips.

Date: Saturday, March 14th, 2015
Time: 2pm-3:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)

For further information and registration details, click HERE!

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Sophie Gabias-Moffat // Brass Stamp 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 have her as one of our workshop instructors.

Date: Saturday, March 14th, 2015 – SOLD OUT!
Time: 4pm-5:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)

For further information and registration details, click HERE!

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Roni Zaide // Make Your Own Vegan Milk Workshop

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Roni has been playing with food since she was a little kid. ‘Playing’ is a key word as she likes to keep her time in the kitchen fun. Her passion for delicious and nutritious eats has taken her around the world to explore different cuisines and to meet the people behind the pots and pans.

Join Roni from Roni’s Kitchen for a couple of hours of fun in the kitchen- to talk about food, make it, and of course.. eat it!

Date: Sunday, March 15th, 2015
Time: Noon-1:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)

For further information and registration details, click HERE!

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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 have her back to teach more silversmithing workshops. She sold out 3 of this workshop in December, and so we knew we needed to bring her back for more.

Date: Saturday, March 14th, 2015 – SOLD OUT!
Time: Noon-1:30pm
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

Volunteer at MC on March 13-15

March 2015 Volunteers

 

The March 13-15 MC is coming up, and we are now looking for volunteers. This is a great way to get to know new people, the Market Collective community and this wonderful talented city. No prior volunteer experience is necessary. If you are energetic, passionate, and committed, we want you!

Each volunteer is given a volunteer package that includes: MC gift card, Meal Card, Photobooth Voucher, Tote Bag and T-shirt.

If you would like to schedule a shift, click HERE.

Questions? Email Josh Sison: volunteer@marketcollective.ca

MC LOVE TALES

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To celebrate February, the month of love, we put a call out to hear some of the amazing stories of people who have met at MC over the years. Here are three of our favourites. Enjoy:)

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I have Market Collective to thank for outfitting my wardrobe, decorating my home, and connecting me with my boyfriend Jon. Market Collective provides the perfect outing by combining art, music and food to please any crowd in addition to curating an environment suitable for good conversation and a little self-indulgence (that Camp Brand sweater or perhaps an extra scoop of fiasco). The beautiful summer day that I met Jon hosted aisles of Calgary’s talent. Perfectly populated with depth and an attendee list suitable for Gatsby. I can recall the ease of Jon and I’s first conversation, discussed his passion for graphic design, our appreciation for Calgary’s emerging hip’ scene, and some creative reason for why we needed to talk again. Although I was there to browse, enjoy the sun and leave dreaming of Calgary’s talent, I left with something a little more special that day. Thanks to Market Collective for finding me my valentine! – Steph Schlachter

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Brendan

Rich Brown semi curled hair, Slender build with bluish-green eyes that can melt you like a popsicle on the fourth of July (or the 1st of July if you’re a Canuck) and a personality that makes you go ‘mmmmm, who is that magical man?’. . . These are all the thoughts that ran through my head the first time i ever met this incredible human being.

His passion for life and his hard-working determination to create unique environments for musical concerts and everything else under the sun astounded me!

Brendan (Montana) Kane, a firm handshake confirmed my immediate interest in him, followed by a ten minute long story about some wild adventure he had gone, i could have listened for hours.

If it wasn’t for the talented and beautiful curators (Angel & Co.) at Market Collective i would have never met this dream boat. – Colton O’Reilly

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Meghan

Dear Market Collective:

Since I first stumbled upon you in, oh let’s see, it must have been back in 2011 in the old ant hill building on one stormy winter afternoon, I have been a regular at the events ever since. My love for the photo booth shenanigans, local handcrafted goodies and community ambiance keeps bringing me back! Not to mention the continually evolving creative events that are unique to seasons or holidays. For example, the scavenger hunt bike race held in the summer. I’d like to point out that (not that I like to brag), eghm, but I am currently one of the standing champions for this past years race, no big deal. ;)

My relationship with Market Collective was at an arms reach at first, I came and went to as a visitor, a consumer coming with my friends and leaving with my friends. I was not acutely aware of the awesomeness exploding at the seams from the people behind the organization of the event.

It all changed when I happened to fall head over heels in love with a bearded man with a (some say-these are not my words) majestic #manbun. For the purpose of this story I will keep all names anonymous to protect the identity of those involved (I also don’t want any ladies chasing after my #manbun). We will from now on refer to him as #manbun. This particular #manbun happened to be living with someone who was a pivotal contributor to the market collective event.   Oh the fun we had!!!!! The good old days of that old century house where I got to peak into the inner workings of market collective and the people behind it. The house shows of talented musicians, the backyard summertime outdoor music shows, the light&soul of it all. I got to know so many different contributors of Market Collective on a personal level! Oh the friends I met!!!! The creative civilization connected to this cog in the wheel of which my #manbun lived with was explosive! I felt like I was at the center of Calgary’s creative culture! Being creatively challenged myself, I have the highest respect for those who are so blessed with imagination.

Hence! The beginning of making my mark in the history of Market Collective was about to start (as I said before about my lack of creative skills I would never be one of the contributors in that perspective). The scavenger hunt bike race. It was 2012. It’s a hot summer day.  My best friend (I’ll call her #babestar) and I nervously wheeled our bikes over to the ant hill building. After the group photo was completed our “packages” were dispersed. And then it all fell into place – #babestar and I can be quite competitive….in a good way, obviously. We immediately went into turbo mode, finding the most efficient ways to execute the tasks. I won’t bore you with the details, but #babestar and I finished in second place (I think (?)). The point is we didn’t win. And we were slightly devastated as the prize package was everything we would have loved.

Two years go by; news of our close victory reaches the ears of some other kick ass #chicas we know from the community. These #chicas approach #babestar and I to join forces to create the most kick ass team to ever walk into that contest. This year, the scavenger bike race had up’ d the ante the prize package is out of this WORLD!  We show up. It’s a hot summer day. Hotter than the first year we competed. We have our backpacks, our water, our snacks, our bikes are tuned and this year there must be triple the teams present. You should have seen some of the pro-looking bikers. Their legs were as thick as our bodies. We were just 4 strangely looking chicas. The intimidation factor was high. The race starts, but let me tell you…..it isn’t all about big leg muscles to win this race. We had it all, speed, agility, teamwork, and most importantly: knowledge of the inner quirks of the City of Calgary we call home. It was like a well-oiled machine the way we all seemed to solve the clues and how each of us contributed something different. We slayed that race and basked in victory for days to follow, not to mention we enjoyed all the goodies from the prize pack!

So there you have it. I will go down in history (ok not HISTORY HISTORY but Market Collective history) as one of the champions of the scavenger hunt. The point of this long story is that Market Collective has enhanced and touched my life on so many levels. The love of my life, the good friends I’ve met, the victories and losses I’ve experienced are in some way connected to Market Collective. Even if I may not have initially met these folks at Market Collective, it provided was the stage, the playing ground for some of these events in my life to occur. This story is more to illustrate my love affair with Market Collective. We have been making love together ever since I stumbled upon you that cold winter day in 2011 and I know we will keep making magic in years to come.

Endnote {a single tear falls from the authors eye}

XOXO

- #BIKERACECHAMPION

 

Crafted Artisan Truck Sponsors A Youth Artist

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Market Collective, in partnership with Crafted Artisan Truck, is inviting one youth (12-18 years old) to participate in May’s MC at The Chinese Cultural Centre.  Crafted has sponsored a table for one young person with the hope of encouraging young artists and makers to pursue their craft and give them the experience of selling at a market.  If you are a youth, and are interested in applying to our May 2015 MC, please click on the above image to be taken to the application page.

 

Questions?! Email: artist@marketcollective.ca

March & May Artist and Food Applications

It’s that time again! It’s time to start sending us your applications for the upcoming Market Collectives.

This time we are curating 2 events at the same time, so if you would like to apply for both, be sure to send in 2 separate applications.

March 13-15 // Chinese Cultural Centre
May 1-3 // Chinese Cultural Centre

Please click on each of the images below to be directed to the application for that event date.

We can’t wait to see all of the wonderful submissions. Please direct any artist or food vendor questions to: artist@marketcollective.ca

** Deadline for March & May: February 6th **

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MC 2014: A Year In Review

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