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Gifting and receiving: Shiho Masuda, Japanese gift wrap guru

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When we first came across Shiho Masuda's YouTube tutorials on Japanese gift wrapping techniques – from how to wrap a t-shirt without a box to how to wrap a gift in under a minute – our inner OCD selves immediately took a liking to the geometric angles and razor-sharp pleats from Shiho's techniques that would elevate the act of gift wrapping to a product akin to a work of art. Since for most of us, wrapping is often an afterthought in the act of gifting, we chatted to Shiho as part of our newly-launched Gifting and Receiving series about how growing up in Japan and the...

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On our radar this week

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Art knows no limits in its capacity to astound. A running man emoji step forward in the age of the NRA. So sad it’s funny, or so funny it’s sad? Art that’s almost too pretty to eat. Add sartorial chops to Hillary Clinton’s already impressive CV. Dress up your nachos with summer’s seasonal produce. The matriarchal revolution in its funniest form. A helpful PSA for the world's procrastinators.   Main image courtesy of Ryan Crouchman. 

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Have a Well-Crafted Week: July 17, 2016

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One writer’s case for the road less traveled – with two kids in tow. 2016 has been a tough year so far – here’s hoping we can teach this instinct to our kids. A swimmable rainbow-sprinkle pool and “immersive” chocolate room (!!!) are on tap for NYC’s Museum of Ice Cream this August. Long-lasting celebrity marriages do exist. The rise of the elevated DIY bride. Dessert for breakfast that kids and adults alike will love. “The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing,” wrote Jennifer Aniston in this powerful op-ed. Proof that mastery over a medium...

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Have a Well-Crafted Week: July 10, 2016

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“We must sit with the footage of these incidents, which fill in what our imagination would write otherwise, and wonder if one of these horrifying videos will ever result in change. So far they have not.” – Jezebel writer Kara Brown in her piece, “Am I Going to Write About Murdered Black People Forever?” Demi Adejuyigbe’s anecdote on being told to dress nicer by his parents is a powerful metaphor for the shield of whiteness in America. Graphic designers, meet your new best friend: the Shazam of fonts. A helpful guideline to ensure picnicking is a no-stress affair. An investigation...

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Behind the Goods: BRIKA’s Creativity Crawl Map

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BRIKA first met Toronto-based artist LeeAndra Cianci earlier this year when we came across her pop culture-infused illustrations depicting everything from Beyoncé and basketball stars to pizza and pugs. Embedded in her drawings is a decidedly heady dose of Canadiana: be it Ryan Gosling quotes, Raptors wins or Drake lyrics, there’s an undeniable Canuck quality to many of her doodles, making her a perfect candidate to illustrate BRIKA’s Toronto Creativity Crawl map. Devised of the need for a centralized resource in which to reference the city’s workshops, cultural hubs, beautiful shops and cafes for independent creatives, the Crawl is both...

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