At BRIKA, we’re all about celebrating the talent, time and thought behind every well-crafted good. With this new weekly series, we’re taking a closer look at an individual piece in a Maker’s collection—often their personal favorite—from idea to implementation.
Photo credit: stu-di-o by jeanie
Through the Beautiful Project, designer Jeannette Ordas creates notecards and prints featuring adorable creatures—from cuddly monsters to cute storks to mod pink cats. Here, we take a look at the story behind the cute cat picture above.
What inspired you to illustrate this print? I often walk through Chinatown and I love those waving cats in storefront windows. Instead of drawing out a quick sketch on paper like I do with some of my other designs, I went right into Illustrator with my pen & tablet. I liked what was going on immediately, but as soon as I added just the right shade of pink and mint and gold, I was happy. This cat with its geometric print and no arms is pretty different from my inspiration, but I believe that this cat brings luck and good fortune to whoever puts it up in their home.[caption id="attachment_3870" align="aligncenter" width="474"] The Beautiful Project's Mod Pink Cat Print + Calendar, inspired by walks through Chinatown.[/caption]
What is your design background? I always wanted to do something creative, so I went from studying film in university to working in a record store to getting a scholarship to study web design. I've been running my own web design business with my programmer husband since 2005 and then started The Beautiful Project a year later. Designing for clients is challenging and exciting but working on your own projects is so much more fun!
What Maker tool can you not live without? As much as I complain that I'm often on the computer, I love my iMac so much! It helps me create my illustrations with Adobe Illustrator but it also helps me to organize and run my business and connect with customers. It's my most valuable tool!
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago? Creativity is wonderful and important but so is business. Don't be afraid to market yourself, meet other makers, ask questions and get to know a spreadsheet. Keep track of the numbers!
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