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Have a Well-Crafted Week: February 7, 2016

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Art These experimental and eye-catching pieces of embroidered art prove that embroidery is not just for your grandmother’s cushions. Design Your interior decorator might become a little more obsolete with this new design app that will let you “try on” new décor using pictures of your living spaces. Creativity From reworking old books into poetic works of art to turning a doodle-drawing habit into a business, these everyday artists with otherwise less artistic day jobs prove that weaving creativity into their lives can be profitable in every sense of the word. Tap into your creative ingenuity with these tricks from...

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BRIKA is growing!

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As we announced in our February #BRIKAmonthlymantra post, BRIKA has found a new home at Square One Shopping Center in Mississauga, just west of Toronto. With this big change means new design for the brand new space—accordingly, our resident creative designer Sasha has been hard at work putting together a blueprint for our new storefront. Even though our very first brick and mortar office is still a work in progress, we’re thankful to have our HP Color LaserJet Pro on hand to help out with pressing deliverables. From design material to proposals to Maker profiles and beyond, having a high-functioning...

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Q+A with P.S. I Made This Studio Director, Vivian Cheung

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We first met New York City-based Vivian through the ever-popular craft blog P.S. I Made This, where she’s been the Studio Director for four years and seen the company evolve into a bonafide crafting empire. A jack-of-all-trades, her responsibilities include everything from conceptualizing and testing new craft ideas to directing photo shoots, creating graphics for the website and social media platforms, and leading the creative team that works beneath her. Where do you find your inspiration? When it comes to finding unique new craft ideas, a lot of my inspiration comes from Pinterest and Instagram; my coworkers and I will...

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Have a Well-Crafted Week: January 24, 2016

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Snowed in this weekend or looking for an excuse to hibernate? Read on for a roundup of some our favorite finds on the Internet this week.  Creativity Contrary to what you may think to be true, science has demonstrated that we are all wired to create, and creative people are able to juggle seemingly contradictory modes of thought, such as being cognitive and emotional, deliberate and spontaneous. But how do we cultivate our inherent creativity? From engaging in imaginative play to allowing yourself to daydream, here are ten habits of the mind that promote this type of thinking. Art What...

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Cool finds: Ferris Bueller's bedroom gets new life at a Toronto art hotel

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If acid wash, harem pants and Molly Ringwald sound familiar rather than like made-up band names to you, chances are you’re of the generation that grew up watching the widely beloved 1986 teen comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. For a refresher: the film follows a day in the life of high school senior Ferris (played by Matthew Broderick), who fakes sick to get out of class and spends the day cavorting around downtown Chicago with his girlfriend Sloane (played by the babely Mia Sara) and best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck). The film has inspired boundless pop-culture references, including the oft-repeated,...

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