The MNY Spotlight

Meet Lia Burke Libaire, Co-Founder & Artist behind textile company Brier and Byrd

Introduce yourself! 

My name is Lia Burke Libaire and I am a visual artist and designer. I work mostly with ink and watercolor and focus heavily on botanicals and nature as subjects. I am also the co-founder and artist behind textile company Brier and Byrd

Lia wears the Jules Jumpsuit

You recently launched a trunk show with Moda Operandi - congratulations! How did this partnership come about?

Thank you! I have long been a fan of Moda Operandi and it was a big goal of mine to partner with them in some capacity. At this point, I am lucky to be selling art and to also be creating/designing some other products such as ceramics, custom stationery, etc. so I felt like I had enough in my repertoire to approach them- the timing just felt right and luckily they saw an opportunity as well!

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How does your artwork and personal style reflect each other?

I would say my personal style (and artwork!) is classic ‘with a twist.’ I don’t really follow trends and I tend to always come back to button downs and well tailored pants, denim, jackets and dresses. I like to pair a dressy jacket with ripped jeans and/or a worn t-shirt… Or I will wear a gown or long dress with flats. I would describe my artwork as the same. I am drawn to classic botanicals, which can obviously be considered to be pretty traditional… but I will often add in a cheeky snail or hide an inch worm somewhere or if I paint a mushroom I will draw from nature but paint it hot pink or acid yellow. A little something unexpected and fun!

What is your favorite motif to paint?

Anything from nature. I love all botanicals, plants, florals and mushrooms! I also enjoy painting animals, birds and fish. Classic motifs and designs like columns, bows, or eyes also appear in my work often.

Follow along on Instagram for more @liaburkelibaire

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everywhere! Nature, fashion, movies, design books… and a lot of scientific prints and drawings!

You started your career in NYC and then moved to Charleston 12 years ago when you decided to pursue your craft full time as an artist. Can you tell our audience a little bit more about this experience? Is there one specific challenge you faced, and how did you overcome it?

When I moved to Charleston 6 years ago I was still working in the interior design world. I had begun to sell my art but it was certainly not a full time job. I kept painting and doing smaller projects and finally I got a bigger opportunity for a public art installation in Boston. I knew if I wanted to promote/share it I had to quit my job, which was the goal, but was also terrifying. I think all creative business owners are faced with a similar situation before going out on their own. Starting a business is scary but incredibly gratifying and so worth it to be able to create for myself on a daily basis. Ultimately, I followed my intuition and continued to move forward, and I am so glad I took that leap of faith.

What draws you to the Mestiza brand?

Great tailoring, classic leaning designs and quality materials!

How does wearing your Mestiza piece make you feel?
Comfortable and confident- very into the pockets in the jumpsuit! And the bow is festive and fun!

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