Meet The Face Behind

BRIGHT JULY

A BRIKA maker story

Caitlin Halberstadt

WESTMINSTER, COLORADO
"Every pillow starts with a drawing or a handwritten phrase."
"I love handmade things. I love the energy that they hold."

"I am inspired to make beautiful things because of the feeling of fulfillment that it brings."


"I feel most like myself when I'm making something, and that is a place I want to live out all of my days in."


"I am inspired to make beautiful things because of the feeling of fulfillment that it brings."


After graduating from the University of Colorado with a BFA in painting and drawing, Caitlin felt a little bit lost. Trying to figure out how to live as an artist and a maker, while also making a living, was a challenge. But then she made a silkscreened onesie for a friend's baby shower and decided to open an Etsy shop.


Things really started picking up when she tried her hand at applique pillows. Disheartened by the lack of choice in the throw-pillow market, Caitlin decided she'd make a few herself...and make exactly what she wanted. The thing was, other people wanted them, too, and all of a sudden Caitlin had found her path.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
An artist. I pictured myself making things all day long, every day of my life. I've never wanted anything else for myself professionally.

What's your favorite time of year?
Summer, without a doubt. I love the long days, bright sun, vibrant colors, popsicles, being barefoot...and the cool evenings are the absolute best.

Do you collect anything?
Seashells. I don't mean to, but I pick them up obsessively on every beach vacation. 

What one thing do you every day without fail? 
Drink at least one (and maybe two) cupes of black tea. 


"I sew thanks to my mother, who is a talented quilter. She has definitely shown me my way around a sewing machine."


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