Meet The Face Behind


A BRIKA maker story

Shannon McLaughlin


“Starting my own business has always been my ultimate goal. I consider Gus and Abby to be my creative endeavour, which is fuelled by endless hours of dreaming big and working hard.” –Shannon Alexandra McLaughlin

Shannon grew up in a creative household where her mother, an international award winning cookbook author and her illustrator/artist father, worked from their separate studios. Some of her fondest memories center around the interesting objects, design projects, and book cover paintings amidst the pungent smell of oil paint in her father’s working gallery. From her mother, she inherited curiosity for entrepreneurial ventures while her father influenced her love for creative design. When she finished her courses in Graphic Design at Humber College, a job in graphic design seemed a natural fit for her. Having the practical production skills added to her creative abilities has fast-tracked her business towards her goal of taking Gus and Abby from online sales to store orders. Her paper goods business has much to do with her early exposure to freelance creativity as it does to having developed an enduring respect and love for animals.