Aloha, I’m Irene Herbst, a Multidisciplinary Artist + Dreamer living in Southern California. This is my happy place, a curated collection of all things with good design.
Aloha there! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m a mother of two handsome boys who are just super crazy and super lovable. They are my everything, just browse through my personal Instagram page @ireneherbst so you can totally see what I mean.
I started the love of all kinds of art, colors, patterns, and fashion at a very young age. I wasn’t pretty much of a Barbie doll collector, I was happy collecting crayons and markers and papers. I think this is why my youngest son is so into crafting, I love that about him. My favorite school subjects were art, math, and ceramics. I was one who saved up lunch money and bought fashion magazines to make an art collage wall in my room during my high school years. I tore up tee shirts to redesign how I wanted it to be on me. Most of my gifts were handmade and still is today.
I learned and took design and media courses at Cypress College back in 2001 to learn more about how I can make things on the computer and publish or print them. I ended up getting my Bachelors of Science in Accounting instead because I needed something I thought back then would be reliable. Worked for a well known engineering company for many years but took that opportunity to move to Oahu.
During my early adult years, I started having hearing loss. Through many doctors and testings, my bones on top of my superior canal did not fully grow causing air cells to move back and forth in my ear canals making me not hear well, a birth defect that took a toll around my mid thirties, which is called Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence (SSCD). I plan to get surgery done end of 2019 just so I can finally live a comfortable, normal life. After two years of living in Oahu, we moved back to California and looking for a job wasn’t that easy because it was just too hard for me during the interview process, so I decided to become a full time mom and a full time artist and I couldn’t be any happier. I am planning on home schooling my boys but still doing intensive research on that. Please contact me if you have any thoughts about or ideas about home schooling.
Anyway, I wrote these goals a few years back and wow, I’m amazed. I’ve come so far but yet still a lot to do. Check out my old goals:
My goal is to someday focus on becoming an up and coming abstract artist, help others succeed in starting up their own small businesses, and someday have my own clothing kids line.
I’m already in the process of doing all three above, I just have to perfect it and work more at it.
In the meantime, check my little Etsy shop where you can find custom pre-made logos, stationaries, wall art prints, and more.