BRIKA was born out of conversations: conversations between Kena + Jen, between makers and buyers, and between interviewer and interviewees. We ask questions, we get to know our Makers and we feel inspired, that’s how this process works. The Nimbus Factory is a small paper- and printed-products company run by four brilliant women, Julia Kuo, Emily Dove Gross, Phyllis Sa and Claire Teschel Konishi. These ladies had so many good (and hilarious) things to say, we decided to share an expanded version of their Maker interview so you could fall in love with them too.(From left to right) Phyllis, Claire, Julia and Emily of The Nimbus Factory; a Torrey Pines, San Diego sunset (below).[/caption] What did you want to be when you grew up? Emily: I always wanted to be an artist. It was one of those things I didn’t have to think about too much...drawing cute things was just way too much fun. Julia: I wanted to be a lawyer because I loved arguing with everyone. I must have been a terrible, terrible child. Phyllis: My first dream was to be a historian because I've always had a somewhat geeky fascination and fondness for history and all things old. What three things make you super happy?
Julia: A solid community, exciting plans for the future, and cute things.
Claire: Waking up each morning with a purpose, reading a good book or blog, and one day meeting the little gal growing in my belly.[caption id="attachment_1156" align="aligncenter" width="482"] Precious Sriracha sauce; Julia and Claire hug it out.[/caption]
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Julia: Putting Sriracha sauce on everything possible to eat. Sometimes just putting Sriracha on my fork and eating it straight.
Emily: Sleeping in! Since I quit my day job, being able to wake up whenever I feel like it brings me pure joy. That, or pastries.
Claire: I hope there is never a day where peanut butter goes extinct.
Phyllis: Dessert at 3 pm in the afternoon.What's the best handwritten note you've ever received?
Claire: A note from my grandmother for my high school graduation. Her handwriting was so fluid and beautiful. Why can't I ever write like that?
Emily: While I was in college, my family sent me a sympathy card after my beloved Goldfish died. My sister wrote, “We know you will get a new friendly fish — not a replacement, but a new companion. We will always remember Julio as a happy, funny and twirly fish. p.s. I got this card because the flowers were orange and reminded me of Julio. It was also sparkly.” It made me simultaneously laugh and cry.[caption id="attachment_1159" align="aligncenter" width="482"] Emily, Claire and Julia on a work date (left); Emily's dog, Lucy (right).[/caption] What's something people are usually surprised to learn about you? Julia: That I like thinking about business-related things. People often think that artists and business people have mutually exclusive skill sets. Emily: In high school, I was obsessed with a dog-sport called Flyball, which is like a relay race but for dogs. It’s incredibly dorky and I think I was the only person under the age of 40 participating in tournaments. On second thought, maybe that’s not too surprising. [caption id="attachment_1154" align="aligncenter" width="482"] Emily's workspace and outdoor space.[/caption]
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