Local Highlight: Vikki Wiercinski

The exchange of ideas that happen at the Bison is incredible, and the fact artists designers and crafters get to show their work and receive feedback and make some money so they can keep making work is pretty amazing.

Whats new with you/Mezza Luna Studios?

I've been designing a new line of textiles in my spare time with a new focus on mid century themes through a modern lens. It's a lot of fun and allows me to explore the intersection of shape and colour, which is turning out to be my lifelong visual person thing. My work recently got into the upcoming Print And Pattern "Nature" book that should be coming out in 2017 so that's quite thrilling. 

I just completed a surface design commission for the Edmonton Arts Council. It's a pattern that was cast into the concrete exterior of a new fire station in Lewis Farms. It couldn't have been more fun to work on! You can get more info here:

http://www.avenueedmonton.com/March-2016/Art-Goes-Public-in-Lewis-Estates/

http://yegarts.tumblr.com/post/139924284193/taking-the-interior-to-the-exterior-edmonton

And yes, the woman cave! I got an office/studio space on 124st where I do both design work and have a bit of a showroom. I might have an open door policy one day a week sometime soon. Opening a space takes an enormous amount of work and there's a few finishing touches needed! I am so lucky to share the space with Lu Mascaro of Uppercase Press as well as Chris Mikulin of CLYW. Both former or current Royal Bison vendors!

Where can people find your products?

In Edmonton, you can pick up my textiles at Habitat Etc on 104st as well as the gift shop at the AGA. Rumour has it I'll be back at the 104st farmer's market this summer too. Always online at mezzalunastudio.ca!

How did you originally get involved with the Bison?

I was a vendor after I went one year and a friend I was with asked my why I wasn't showing my work there. I vended for years and when the opportunity came to take it over, a few fellow vendors and I made it happen.

Why do you think the Royal Bison is important and how does it add to Edmonton's culture?

The Bison has become an important showcase of work that's going in Edmonton and further afield. It's a 6 month snapshot of what's freshest and most interesting in this particular design diaspora, if you will. It's also one of the only craft fairs I know of that's aligned like an artist run centre - it's run by and juried by stacks of local artists and designers. You can't just pay to get in, competition is stiff. The result is top notch quality and a show every Edmontonian can be proud of. The exchange of ideas that happen at the Bison is incredible, and the fact artists designers and crafters get to show their work and receive feedback and make some money so they can keep making work is pretty amazing.

Future plans or ideas for your own studio/Bison/Edmonton in general?

The Bison remains as it's always been, it's part of the charm! I have international aspirations for Mezzaluna studio; I'm currently designing a catalogue I hope to send to major retailers when my newest designs are done. 

Any parting words of wisdom for creatives in Edmonton?

This is the friendliest, most supportive city for new ideas and opportunities seem to endlessly crop up. We have a killer arts council that has a seemingly constant stream of opportunities. As a designer I don't even have to work for oil companies, there's a diversity of work here that I love. What a great place to grow creatively! I am particularly inspired by nature and natural environments and I love the balance this city affords me.