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, fashion, basically anything design 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 cut up and 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 and pursue into freelancing.
During my early adult years, I started having hearing loss. My hearing wasn’t that bad until aging got to me. I am now almost deaf so I signed up on getting Cochlear Implants and hopefully have surgery by the end of this year (2019). I cannot wait to live a normal life again and go out and social! Irene will be back before you know it!
So 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 some times a gym rat and I couldn’t be any happier.
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.
Update: I’ve tried all three above and the kids clothing line, well I realized kids grow up way too fast so I decided to focus more on my paintings because I could see myself doing that as long as I live.
New goals: Move back to Oahu Summer 2025 or sooner.
In the meantime, check my little Etsy shop where you can find custom pre-made logos, stationaries, wall art prints, and more.