Meet The Face Behind


A BRIKA maker story

Kristin Sosa

"Always strive for excellence, even if you make mistakes along the way."
“I get a lot my inspiration from lettering and illustrations from the ’40s-’60s.”

“I believe anyone can be creative; some just need to learn how to do it.”

“Sometimes I get the best ideas right before I go to sleep.”

“I believe anyone can be creative; some just need to learn how to do it.”

Kristin originally opened up Paddywick Lane as a shop for crocheted items, but found that she wasn't able to devote as much time to it as she would like. She had been working at an after-school program while in graduate school, and through making art and crafts with the kids, she tapped into her “old childhood friend” drawing. Already having some graphic design experience, doing some research and taking courses, it all developed into a hand-lettering and illustration business.

Paddywick Lane is a fresh, yesteryear world of whimsical hand-lettering and illustration. When Kristin is not creating art, she can be found at the Dallas Farmers Market with her husband, Tim, playing the French horn, or binge-watching British television shows with her Yorkie, ScarScar.

Why is making handmade goods important to you?
Making handmade goods fills that creative itch within me. I get antsy if it’s been a while since I’ve made something with my hands.

What is your design background?
I never went to art school, but I tend to learn best (and not get burnt out) at my own pace. If I’m really interested in something I can spend hours on it and not realize it. I’ve tried to learn what I can through books, online, and a few classes. I think no matter how much schooling you have, it’s still important to keep learning and growing.    

Walk us through your production/design process. 
I sometimes get the best ideas right before I go to sleep and have to either train my brain to remember them or put it in writing somewhere. I first brainstorm/sketch a few ideas. Second, I make more deliberate thumbnail sketches, then a more refined sketch, and scan that into the computer where I vectorize and add color and details. My final job is to figure out the best printing process for what I am making. That’s a tough part: finding the best quality and overhead cost for printing processes. But it’s important to get it right in order to have great products that support the business.

“I grew up watching old musicals and movies, so I think that’s why I’m drawn to vintage, mid-century, and retro art.”