BRIKA — crafting

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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Behind the Goods: JUST B SMILING's pressed flower phone cases

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It's hard not to immediately fall in love with JUST B SMILING's phone cases, and the audible chorus of ooh's and aah's when anyone lays eyes on them is certainly a testament to this fact. Beautiful and functional, each flower in Britt Stillie's line of phone accessories is plucked from her own backyard (even the case tags are made of seeds, ready to be planted!), making each colorful piece truly one-of-a-kind and a perfect gift for any occasion. As part of our Behind the Goods series, BRIKA chatted with Britt about starting her own business and the creative process that goes into putting...

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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: Typography and design from Monorail

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In the Pinterest, Tumblr and Ello-saturated World Wide Web, it’s difficult to break through the clutter when it comes to great design and beautiful typography. Daniella Valerio and Sandrine Molnar of Austin-based Monorail, however, have managed to do just that – their line of inspirational and playful prints, shirts and tote bags are works of art that have a universal appeal, making them great gifts (both for yourself and others!). As part of our Behind the Goods series, we asked Daniella and Sandrine to share their tricks of the trade. Where do you find the inspiration for your design?  We’re...

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Behind the Goods: Foe and Dear's arc hook earrings

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Katherine Huie of Foe and Dear’s arc hook earrings first caught our eye as gorgeous, expertly crafted pieces of jewelry that are a unique spin on the always-classic hoop earring. Naturally, BRIKA had to reach out to Katherine, who is based in Vancouver, to get the inside scoop on how she makes each earring by hand. As one of many in our community of talented Makers, she shared her creative process secrets with us as part of our Behind the Goods series. Where do you find the inspiration for your design?  Art, architecture, plants and nature, mostly. Anything simple and beautiful. Walk...

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