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. From throw pillows to tech cases to beach towels, these items make great gifts for wild-at-heart adventurers and people wanting a little more positive excitement in their lives.

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 licensees 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. If you are a manufacturer or retailer looking to license my work, jump over here – I’d love to hear from you.

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.

I paint in a wild and carefree style, hoping to evoke the motto which is true in my life and I hope to instill in others: “Progress, not perfection.” I LOVE making prints and my desire is to cover the world in colorful and inspiring print. I’m not sure when I’ve reached my goal but if Beyoncé and/or Tesla has donned my prints I will feel somewhat contented. :D

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

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

You can also read more about my unique, hand-painted process here.

Thank you for stopping by!

Barbra Ignatiev

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Barbarian x Anthropologie - 2018
Marianne Bydleni Magazine Czechia - May 2017
Print & Pattern Nature Book - Jan 2017
Pattern Studio - Sept 2016
Sew Magazine UK - Aug 2016
DesignSponge.com - June 2016
HGTV Mag – April 2016