Deborah Stein aka Bonbon Oiseau is a living artist, illustrator and activist in NYC and Dixon, New Mexico. Her artworks and illustrations with watercolor, gouache and ink explore our place in this big lifey world.
From giving human emotions to squirrels to painting conceptual botanicals, Deborah's art practice is diverse. Trained as a painter and telling visual stories as a jewelry designer under the name Bonbon Oiseau for 14 years, The Bonbon Oiseau Workshop was known for Deborah's thoughtful lyrical assemblages of objects and imagery in beautiful color combinations and her designs were sold internationally from Beams- Tokyo and Spree-Paris to One Kings Lane in the U.S. In 2016 she transitioned her studio back to painting and illustration and never looked back She still loves telling stories and mixing beautiful colors and loves the challenge of illustration work. She’s ready to jump in and create art for children's and adult picture books, editorials, book jackets, the gift and paper market. textile design, home decor and fashion.
Deborah loves road trips, the middle of nowhere, amateur anthropology, life in the garden, fiddling in the kitchen, long walks, monsoon time in India, her husband James and her dog Pablo, and the good work of the animal and plant world in general. She wakes up really early and goes to sleep really late. She gives a portion of her creative profits to organizations she believes in. Buy art or prints and hire her for jobs often please! She is writing this now and isn't sure why it's in the third person.
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For the past few years, since returning to a steady art-making practice, making images, or making anything really, is a way to organize and share my ideas and emotions and breathe life into the stories living inside me. Sharing my art loops me back into the larger world and the larger world back into me. I love looking closely at the complexities and eccentricities of nature and the phases and cycles of its beauty and fierceness in this big bad world. I can’t help but look at my own experience through the engine of drawing and painting, as well as writing, photographing the seasons and the elements, needlework and installations and any other ways I can figure to interpret and challenge my imagination.
I’ve created posters for the Women's March and Pen America, collaborated with artist Tamika Rivera on Here Projects, had drawings in the 2018 design exhibition Next Level , run the Women's March NYC Arts and Events Page and is part of the NYC based agit-prop art collective We Make America. I In January 2017 I worked with the Women's March-NYC Chapter as Arts & Events Coordinator/Producer and raised significant funds with the sale of these prints for the Women's March and National Institute for Reproductive Heath.
For inquiries about hiring me for illustration work, collaborating on special projects or if you'd like original artworks or prints click that little envelope icon down below and let's chat.. Find prints for sale here.
Check out my Apartment Therapy tour (where I wax even more poetic and show you my NYC digs!)
Deborah’s project One Awesome Thing was an experiment about challenging creativity, life and hard human-being stuff. You should visit there as soon as you're done here.
Special thanks to Lilla Rogers and her Make Art That Sells workshop series, which introduced me to the incredibly rich world and creative flow of life as an illustrator and the wonderful community there-in, Debora Clare for offering her garden in the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico as a retreat from city life, Ron Louie for his invaluable technical help and musical advice, my husband James for giving me the time and support to shift back into art making full-time, my brother Dan and best pals Sandy, Tamika, Joie, Jen and Persephone for believing in and encouraging me to "stay golden pony-boy".