TIX on the Square was created by the Edmonton Arts Council in 1999. Originally intended to operate as a rush ticket booth, it has developed into a vital hub connecting local artists and community groups with audiences. TIX supports the arts community with a variety of professional services including box office, media relations support, and social media promotion, all for a nominal fee.
In spring 2011, TIX extended its role to connect audiences with Edmonton's visual and craft artists and began operating a retail space, taking over the operations of The Edmonton City Store. The retail space features a wide range of unique, handcrafted products including pottery, jewelry, photography, fabric arts and more. TIX also showcases books from local authors, music by regional musicians, and historic prints from the City of Edmonton Archives.
“We started STUFF out of the love and interest in making things,” says Erin Nagy about forming the creative group with Shannon Fidler. “We both met in the design program at the University of Alberta and were interested in creating something tangible with the skills that we learned in school.” Both graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Design degree in Visual Communication.
Image: Erin Nagy with STUFF pillows.
Practice and Inspiration
“We wanted to focus on making something that would bring a smile to our faces and others,” Nagy describes their inspiration behind STUFF. Their main product line is charming pillows that feature hand drawn illustrations of animals. The illustrations are individually silkscreened then attached to fun feature fabrics to complete the pillow. Lines have included Canadian animals and sea creatures.
Image: STUFF Canadian animals line of pillows.
“Each holiday season we try and create a new animal to showcase at the craft/art markets,” says Nagy. You don’t have to wait very long to get the new animal, Nagy will be at the TIX on the Square Open House, as well as at both Royal Bison weekends.
Image: limited run T-Rex pillow debuted for the 2016 festive season.
Words of Wisdom
“Every artist should know that you just gotta keep trying and building your portfolio,” says Nagy about developing your arts practice and emphasizes the welcoming and supportive Edmonton arts community.
We love being a part of this super talented community, as it allows us to show what we make to the people and the city that shaped us and made us the designers that we are today! Being a maker in Edmonton is such a fun, and rewarding experience, from the friends that we make along the way, to the joy that STUFF brings.