First coming across Starla Halfman’s work in Anthropologie, I was enchanted by the vibrant, painterly surface designs of her ceramics range. Looking into her work further, this expressive style is emulated across many different types of products and her portfolio of work is extensive. Based in Austin, Texas, Starla began her creative journey at University where she studied Fine Art and Design Communications. She then went on to work at a ‘desk job’ for 8 years before she decided it was time to pursue a career in her true passion.
I managed to catch up with Starla to ask her a few questions about her work.
– Describe your style in 5 words
Joyful, Textured, Bright, Colorful, & Detailed
– Where do you gain inspiration from?
I gain inspiration from nature and my faith
– What is your favourite medium to work with?
I love working with Acrylic
– Your collaboration with Anthropologie seems to be a huge success! What has been your most successful/favourite product for them?
One of the products Anthropologie launched in 2014 containing my art was an intricate jigsaw puzzle. It featured my original “Peruvian Night” and was a piece of art in itself. The craftsman’s ship was amazing!
Mooreland Puzzle for Anthropologie, 2014, feauturing Starla’s ‘Peruvian Night’ design
– Do you have any tips for aspiring designers/artists?
Keep doing what you love and try not to worry or force the outcome.
Starla is also currently working with May Designs on a range of stationary products. These are available now from https://www.maydesigns.com/m/starla-michelle/
Starla Michelle Halfman, http://www.starlamichelle.com
All images Copyright Starla Halfmann 2017