Meet The Face Behind

NICOLE TARASICK

A BRIKA maker story

Nicole Tarasick

"My eyes widen for printed ephemera like maps, postcards and packaging."
“I love to experience great storytelling, whether in the oral tradition, in a film, an object or a fashion collection”

“I wouldnt be doing this without the cheering squad that is made up of my family and friends. I have so much love for my VIPs.”


“I studied architecture before design. This is where I learned to love the grid and to understand mass and voidhence my appreciation of white space”


“I wouldnt be doing this without the cheering squad that is made up of my family and friends. I have so much love for my VIPs.”


It took one great idea to kick-start Nicole Tarasick Studio. It happened when Nicole was a student, an amateur screen printer, and a part-time employee at a modern furniture shop. She and the shop owner noticed a lack of pillows in the place, so she created a few of her own. They were a hit, leading her to launch her own line before graduating design school.


It’s been eight years, and Nicole has since completed a degree in Graphic Design (to add to her double major in Architecture and Fine Art History). She’s also a typography nerd, map enthusiast, and dog lover (that’s Ruby in the photo below!). And when she steps outside her studio, you can find her looking for inspiration in library archives, or meeting up with friends for “crazy-good omelettes at The Federal".

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Be brave! Take more risks and don’t be embarrassed about making mistakes.

What Maker tool can you not live without?

It’s a digital/manual duel. My business wouldn’t exist without the iMac, but it’s the squeegee that gets ink on fabric.

Where was the last place you visited that inspired you?

I visited Iceland in the fall. The landscapes were incredible. Glaciers, black beaches, thick moss, waterfalls, and rolling hills dotted with sheep and horses. It is a seriously gorgeous place.

“With a brief but supportive email from my mother (Deadline to apply is Feb. 2. DO IT. Love you, Mom). I went on to OCADU to complete a BDes in Graphic Design.”
PRODUCTS BY NICOLE TARASICK
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