This past year, 2 of our core members moved away: one to Manchester and then to Victoria, and the other to a traveling van around British Columbia. Although there was only Hannah and I left, we decided we had to continue running the show and keeping Ninety Bears alive in the arts community.
We started with a bank account (so official, eek!), and came up with the idea of making fabric plants (that we would later give names and personalities to) in concrete planters, and then submitted an application to participate in the Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair in May. We got accepted and then we really got to work.
We had no clue what to expect going into our first Royal Bison fair, and we were very pleasantly surprised. Being able to create beautiful and quirky objects that make people smile is reward enough but to be able to make money for the time we put in is a dream come true, especially when it gives us the fuel to continue participating in amazing projects around the city. Needless to say, we applied for the winter fair and were accepted again! This time, we made some Christmas themed pieces and added different shades of grey for the concrete planters.
Looking at these makes me excited to make more!