About Barbra

Hi, I’m Barbra Ignatiev. Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I have always been attracted to and deeply affected by color. I attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and earned a BFA in Illustration and now live and work in Oakland, California with my husband, Mike, and our cat, Foo.

I work in watercolor, creating unique prints and patterns for an assortment of items that make great gifts and personal statements. Flailing and carefree, I often tell people I aspire to paint like a “sophisticated baby”. I think it’s an accurate and silly description of how I wish to create. Through emotion, not overthought.

I also believe that color can have a big impact on your attitude. Through my work, I hope to inspire you to reach bigger and be bolder and also have some fun in the process.

My brand, Barbarian, encapsulates fun, adventure, and a whole bunch of positive, badass vibes. When I am not busy creating art, I am taking road trips around Northern California with my husband in our cute little Mazda Miata. I enjoy dancing, tiki cocktails, trying exotic foods, hanging around tropical plants, painting my nails, and going on adventures.

In early 2015, I collaborated with Sakroots brand on a new print for their accessories line. The new exclusive print, “Brave Beauty,” will get its worldwide reveal in Fall of 2016 on handbags, shoes, totes and more. I’m super stoked about this!

I currently work with a few partners to help put my art into the marketplace – Society6, Redbubble, Zazzle and Print All Over Me. The products from these print on demand companies have been personally used and tested by me. I am dedicated to working with only responsible manufacturers that make high-quality, ethically-made products. I truly believe that you will be thrilled with what you buy. And if you aren’t, let me know and we’ll make it right.

Daily Color is my daily exploration of color and movement. Each day I share a new downloadable wallpaper for you to enjoy and be inspired by.

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Raised in Milwaukee, WI, Barbra is now based in Oakland, CA with her husband and cat. She attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Illustration.

Before setting off on her own to build Barbarian, she worked as a designer at many in-house design studios in the party, craft and fashion industries. She has almost 15 years experience creating artwork and designing products.

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