The GBD Story: Unabridged

Hey there! I’m Bridget (she/her) and I started my adult life as a freelance opera and theater stage manager and I’ve been building brands and websites — specifically my brand and my website — ever since. After earning a BA in Theatre, I spent half a decade on the stage management grind, working in venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and The Lyric Baltimore. While working in the performing arts — as a proud union member, btw — I earned a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Arts Administration. After graduation, I was hired by a national service organization and spent 3 years revamping and strengthening the brand of its membership program.

Galaxy Brain Design started in April 2018 as a little side project called ‘bridget makes stuff.’ It was a way to keep my creative juices flowing while I worked there.

In 2018, I left my abusive employer without a plan — then my (mercifully, ex-) girlfriend went to L.A. and gchatted me to tell me she wasn’t coming back, so I said, ‘fuck it,’ and started trying to build a life that would make me really happy.

I relocated from DC to Baltimore, signed up for five different side hustles, and started drawing as much as I could. I also earned a Graduate Certificate in User Experience (UX) from the University of Baltimore. I ditched the side-gigs in December of 2019 — very grateful for that timing given what happened a few short months later —and I took on a bunch of web and graphic design clients.

Galaxy Brain Design, LLC was officially formed in the summer of 2020 after I ate an edible. I’d been trying to think of a name that combined my preferred topic — thoughts + feelings + mental health — with my preferred subject — space stuff — and on that fateful day it all finally came together.

In the last two years, GBD has grown tenfold to juried craft fairs, Pride events, wholesale, and retail — and I’m working with two of my favorite collaborators.

In the last two years, GBD has grown tenfold to juried craft fairs, Pride events, wholesale, and retail — and I’m working with two of my favorite collaborators. They are both named Hannah and I have lived with them both, but that’s not necessarily a prerequisite.

OG Hannah (she/her) was instrumental in the early days of Galaxy Brain. She modeled apparel. She wrote website copy. She told me which of my ideas were good. I lived with OG Hannah until she successfully married me off to spouse Hannah.

Hannah’s brand — WICKED GLINT — is hopefully going to be full of beautiful, intricate renderings of vaporwave skeletons + spooky, bougie cocktails

Spouse Hannah (they/them) — so called because they are my spouse + named Hannah — excels at connecting the right person with the right piece of art + hypes my shit up so hard — what more could I ask for in a life partner? I am often overheard making them “learn the family business,” which roughly translates to “babe, can you pls keep track of our cash sales?”

They helm Hot Floss Embroidery and embroider dogs, tiny foods, + queer paraphernalia with a unique and varied texture that I think is dope as hell.

I’m so glad you found us! Follow us on instagram for the livest look at what we’re making, what we’re selling, + when you can shop with us, in person. Thanks for being here!

Galaxy Brain is a Made in Baltimore member and is certified woman-owned.

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