31 December 2010

Happy Holidays!

Happy New Year everyone!

We've gone traveling to find a bit of sun and will be returning the studio in the spring.  We look forward to seeing  you then.

Warmest wishes,
Stephannie Barba
     Travel inspired Illustration, Couture Maps  &   Vegan Seychelles

21 June 2010

Summer update: fun new map ideas

It's been a busy season, and we've added a lot of new products to our web site.

Feel free to stop by to say hello!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

03 March 2010

Celebrating 20 years of design!

It's hard for me to believe, but 2010 marks my 20th year as a professional illustrator!

It all began when I was a student at Parsons School of Design in New York where I was studying illustration. My professors were working artists in the industry, and they were amazing instructors--always giving the best advice about working as a designer in New York City. They told me that staff jobs for illustrators didn't exist so I was taught how to freelance and manage my own business from an early age.

With the help and support of instructors, I began my freelance illustration career while still in art school, and it was a perfect fit for me! My style seemed to be what creative directors were looking for luckily, and I began working immediately for magazines, fashion houses, department stores and newspapers. This was just before the popularity of the internet, so I actually took the subway around the city to drop off my portfolios and met my clients in person. I definitely miss this aspect of my job!

It was when I began working at Kate's Paperie in New York City where I gained my love for paper, printing and stationery design. After developing new relationships with printers and paper vendors, I started creating my own line of stationery and maps using all of my own lettering styles for both the wedding industry and editorial.

I've since moved my life and work to beautiful San Francisco, and I find inspiration around me every day. Some of my other passions include traveling, vegan cooking, punk rock, French interior design and hanging out with my sweet dogs.

I've had the pleasure to work with so many amazing people, and to celebrate my 20th anniversary, all Couture Map orders placed in March can receive a complimentary watercolor map print, and all stationery orders can receive a complimentary digital note card design-- just let us know which one you are interested in. Our production schedule is currently full until May so book early to avoid disappointment!

Some of my early illustration jobs included two covers for the Bloomingdale's holiday catalog, 10 pages of lettering for Paper (a NYC based club-kid magazine), and a 6-page spread for Condé Nast Traveler.

14 February 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day!!

Maui map postcards hand stitched by the amazing Anne Millett at Mira Aster. They are printed in shiny foil stamp ink and were created for our Hawaiian eco adventure.

Letterpress envelope featuring a lei of hibiscus.

Mahalo notecards hand sewn with very cute little fish fabric. Stitched stationery by Mira Aster. All illustrations by Stephannie Barba.