Meet The Face Behind


A BRIKA maker story

Jeannette Ordas

"I believe in the restorative power of chicken noodle soup (homemade, of course!)."
“All that abundant, wild and awesome nature [in Tofino, BC] was a much needed jolt from my day-to-day reality and helped me see things in new ways.”

“I've always wanted to create something of my own, I just was unsure of the path because I tend to love so many different things.”

“I'm pretty self-driven, but I get a lot of support and inspiration from my husband.”

“I've always wanted to create something of my own, I just was unsure of the path because I tend to love so many different things.”

Jeannette always knew she wanted to work in a creative industry: She studied film in university, worked in a record store, and earned a scholarship to study web design. Soon after, she started a web-design company with her programmer husband, and took on client projects, which was challenging and exciting, but admits "working on your own projects is so much fun!”

Through The Beautiful Project, she does just that—illustrating adorable paper goods perfect for everything from Valentine’s Day to a rainy day. She says she’s self-driven, yet is plagued by an over-abundance of ideas, which her husband helps her refine. “He's more analytical than I am so I always get a different perspective on things,” she says, “He’s my most favorite husband in the world!”

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Creativity is wonderful and important but so is business. Don't be afraid to market yourself, meet other Makers, ask questions and get to know a spreadsheet. Keep track of the numbers!

What is your favorite item in your collection?
Right now, I love the mod pink cat print and calendar. It's a new design and I'm smitten with the colour combo—you can't go wrong with mint and pink!

What Maker tool can you not live without?
As much as I complain that I'm often on the computer, I love my iMac so much! It helps me create my illustrations with Adobe Illustrator but it helps me to organize and run my business and connect with customers. It's my most valuable tool.

How do you get around creative blocks?
Step away from the computer! Go for a walk or a bike ride and get out of your head for a bit. Plus, I swear there's something about taking a shower—there's something about running water that really helps the ideas flow.

“Designing for clients is challenging and exciting but working on your own projects is so much more fun!”