Meet The Face Behind

MADE IN BROCKTON VILLAGE

A BRIKA maker story

Malika Pannek

TORONTO, ON
"In a world that is so manufactured and industrial, it is beautiful to have a human connection to a product. "
“Our products feature playful, simple and fresh hand-painted designs that fuse European and North American influences.”

“When I ventured into card making I decided to create hand-painted cards out of the urge to use my hands more in the creative process. This form of making gives me the chance to create something more personal, maybe a bit imperfect but with a human touch. ”


“I’m inspired by fellow crafters and small business owners who work so hard to build their brand and product. To see local businesses thrive is really inspiring and it pushes me to improve. ”


“When I ventured into card making I decided to create hand-painted cards out of the urge to use my hands more in the creative process. This form of making gives me the chance to create something more personal, maybe a bit imperfect but with a human touch. ”


Working a job that started in the early dawn hours and with afternoons to spare, Malika of Made in Brockton Village first began her foray into print and card making with the conviction to use this extra time to push herself creatively. Deciding to create hand-painted cards rather than computer-illustrated designs as means to use her hands more, Malika’s Made in Brockton Village was born out of Toronto’s west-end neighborhood, along with her business partner, Tomas.


As a graphic designer by trade, Malika cites her previous agency experience as an asset in handling the business side of things. On the creative side, she begins with pencil sketches and then paints over top of them. Once she has reworked the design to achieve the desired result, she then scans her artwork, finishes it up digitally and sends it to the print studio. Having moved to Canada by way of Germany eight years ago, Malika cites her art as a mix of the two worlds. “My creativity was exposed to and formed by the simplicity of Northern European design, which had a large impact on my aesthetics. I like to incorporate these roots in my paper goods but with a playful edge.”

Tell us about your ideal Saturday.

My ideal Saturday would be filled with relaxing downtime to recharge, including a bike ride, some gardening and cooking.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

I wanted to be a photographer and that idea stuck to me for a long time. I loved the idea of telling a story visually.

“We work closely with local print companies and our products are printed on 100% recycled paper. ”
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