Bari J. is a lifestyle brand that spans many categories including wall art, fabric, home decor, stationery, cards, wall murals, wall paper, stencils and more.
I'm an artist. As a very visual person, I probably always was, but I didn't always create art. I was a fashionista sort in high school, and I was crazy for interior design. But I was busy singing and dancing and being an actress. I never ever thought I could make art. My mom was the artist. I was the actress. That was that.
I came to art in my early thirties as a way to express myself when my children were young. Out of college, I had worked in advertising. And though I started college as a theatre major I graduated college with a degree in Social Sciences and Women's Studies. Not really related to art, I'd say.
But when our now almost grown girls were little, I was always puttering around. I wanted our home to be different. I didn't want it to look like a page from a Pottery Barn catalog. I wanted it to look like us. And I also didn't want to dress from a catalog. At the time, I started making jewelry from found objects and then collage art as well.
Soon I was sewing handbags and created a small business under the name Bari J. selling luscious fabric bags... and the Curated Maximalist Style was born (though I didn't know that quite yet). After several years, I decided I needed my own fabric for the bags, and with a background in graphic design for advertising, I started teaching myself to design fabric. A year later, I licensed my first line of fabric. It was a "painterly" line called Full Bloom that most assumed I had painted by hand. But I hadn't. For years I continued to create art just in the computer... and then I took the leap. Paint. And I was hooked.
Now years later I know what was always true. I am an artist. And I am a painter.
Since then I have created 15 collections of fabric, art for wall paper, home decor, wall art, and much more.
The Curated Maximalist Style has become part of who I am and what I do.
Art for Products
Bari welcomes the opportunity to work with potential licensors. Bari enthusiastically supports products featuring her work with social media as well as print media efforts. She has been featured in "Where Women Create", "Romantic Homes", "Studios", "Uppercase" and many more national and international publications.
Please contact us to request more information on art licensing, to request a log-in for Bari's private access only portfolio or any other questions.