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.

My brand, Barbarian, encapsulates fun, adventure, and benevolent vibes. 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 brands to make special pieces of art for their product lines.

I’ve had the thrill of collaborating with the Sakroots brand on a new print for their accessories line. Being a fan of the brand for years it has been awesome seeing my art come to life on their products. The new exclusive print, “Brave Beauti,” – which features arrows, feathers, bold marks, and hidden horses – is now available worldwide 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 responsible manufacturers that make high-quality, ethically-made products. I am a nature nerd. Makers that treat the Earth nicely mean a lot 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 over 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.

Every Thursday I share new Barbarian prints as phone backgrounds for you to enjoy. Sign up for updates and get these phone backgrounds in your inbox. Click here.

Thank you for stopping by!

Barbra Ignatiev

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April 2016

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