About Barbra

Hi, I’m Barbra Ignatiev, the artist behind Barbarian.

I 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.

Wisconsin grown, I attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and earned a BFA in Illustration and am now based 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 bring happiness to homes and bodies worldwide. I also enjoy working with private collectors to create custom works of art for their collections.

My brand, Barbarian, encapsulates fun, adventure, and benevolent vibes. In early 2015, I collaborated with Sakroots brand on a new print for their accessories line. The new exclusive print, “Brave Beauti,” will get its worldwide reveal in Fall of 2016 on handbags, shoes, totes and more.

I currently work with a few partners to help put my art out into the world. I am dedicated to working with only responsible manufacturers that make high-quality, ethically-made products. Being a nature lover, the environment is important to me.

Before setting off to build Barbarian, I worked as a designer at many in-house design studios in the party, craft and fashion industries. I have about 15 years experience creating artwork and designing products.

When I am not busy creating art, I take road trips around California with my husband in our little Mazda Miata. I enjoy dancing, trying exotic foods, discovering new plants and animals, and going on adventures near and far.

Weekly Color is my exploration of color and movement. Every Thursday I share a new phone background for you to enjoy and be inspired by.

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Barbra Ignatiev

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