Sparky & Marie – Featured Artist
Sparky & Marie is a new, fun and fresh creative brand energized by all-over prints and iconic graphics inspired by everyday living – flowers found in the garden, trips to faraway places, colors from a vintage silk scarf and textures found on a hike through nature. Sparky & Marie designs come from the heart with the hope of bringing happiness to everyone lucky enough to discover them!
Michelle Beilner is the creative mind behind the Sparky & Marie brand. Named after her beloved grandparents, Sparky & Marie is the result of Michelle’s passion for graphic design. Michelle realized her love for art and design after a 3rd grade field trip that introduced her to the art and architecture of her native city, Chicago. She went on to study Graphic Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Her first job – over a decade ago – was designing catalogs, logos, print collateral, websites and signage for a high-end Chicago-based fashion company. The love of her college sweetheart took her away from the Midwest and over to sunny Los Angeles, California where she continued her career designing custom stationery for an innovative boutique in Beverly Hills.
After much success creating invitations and greetings for celebrity clients such as Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Jami Gertz, Paul Adelstein and Kat Von D, Michelle moved on to start her own graphic design business. Her experience helping small businesses develop brands, designing websites, creating visual identities and fueling several prominent interior designers in the Los Angeles area has prepared Michelle for a successful launch into licensing in products ranging from stationery to shower curtains. Her designs have appeared on products in boutiques and major chain retail settings.
Michelle lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their bossy Jack Russell Terrier, Fitzgerald.