The MNY Spotlight
Meet Lia Burke Libaire, Co-Founder & Artist behind textile company Brier and Byrd
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
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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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!
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.
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Everywhere! Nature, fashion, movies, design books… and a lot of scientific prints and drawings!
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.
Great tailoring, classic leaning designs and quality materials!