Welcome to my website, here you will find a collage of my creative endeavors. I grew up with two very creative European parents, and have always been passionate about color and composition. The outdoors played a huge role in my upbringing, as adventures abounded in skiing, climbing, hiking, and horseback riding; anything to get us out into the fresh air and surrounded by nature’s limitless beauty.
In high school, an art teacher nurtured more of my artistic talents, and at 19, my first painting show adorned the walls in a gallery in Aspen. I received my BFA from Colorado State University, with a major in Graphics, along with a minor in Dance, and Foreign Languages.
Upon graduation and an apprenticeship, my business, Graphics International came to be. In the 80’s, I was on the forefront of creating art for wine labels of European and California vineyards. With gratitude, commissions for design work with Kodak, Johnson and Johnson, and Samsonite fostered my experience in expanding my business. A clothing commission for the children’s line of Ocean Pacific, sparked an interest in working with fabrics.
In 1992, I started working with natural fibers, primarily silk and organic bamboo, even an elegant fabric made from the fiber of organic pineapple. Fascination with different ways of dyeing the material include techniques such as Shibori, and Serti, which give endless creative potential to working with natural fibers.
In 2006, with a desire to add jewelry to my clothing lines, I began working closely with a couple of glass blowers out of Murano, Italy. A sheer beauty and passion of designing jewelry pieces and assembling them grew into a line of itself, Prima Bella. The translucent quality of Murano glass surpasses that of any other in the world, as well as the range of exquisite colors. The glass blowers of Murano have dedicated their lives to preserving a centuries-old art form. Part of the process consists of hand-forming each single bead on a copper wire, and then dissolving the wire out of the bead. Each bead has 24k white and/or yellow gold encased in it, and may also have aventurine (copper flakes). A few years later, I introduced an additional jewelry line, Gemstone Jewelry Gifts, which focuses on ethically sourced gemstones, many of which are maintained in their natural state.
After 25 years of the progression of my clothing and jewelry, I am taking time to rekindle my love for more of the fine arts in photography, painting, drawing and writing.
In the months to come more of my creative endeavors will make their way onto this site. I hope you will find time to check back and watch how my creative passions thrive.
“May You Always Be Passionate About The Treasures In Life You Love!” ~ Barbara Sophia