Women Create L.A.- Debbie Bean

Somewhere over the 210 freeway in Shadow Hills, lives rainbow-maker, Debbie Bean (see what I did there?). 

You can find her stained glass rainbows in trendy shops like Individual Medley in Atwater Village, Shipwrecked Kauai,  and Austin Motel in Austin, Texas.  Her work has even found itself overseas at East Coast General in Australia.  Debbie is also known for frequenting the Echo Park Craft Fair.

She is a woman of many artistic hats, but has been working with stained glass since she was only 10 years old. Her journey to the creative economy started much like my own.  She was unhappy in a job that did not fill her soul.  Debbie turned to her previous creative outlets such as painting and photography, but told me she “came alive” when she picked up the glass again. 

She says, “I just felt like this is what I was supposed to be doing, I was in the right place”. This is exactly how I felt when the flowers found me.

What makes Debbie’s work distinguishable from others that have tried to replicate her art, is the clean lines, and attention to detail in every piece that leaves her dreamy studio.  She works with a traditional rainbow colors, but has also branched out to cool pastels and moodier palettes. 

Aside from suncatchers, and hanging panels, some of my favorite work of hers includes chic trays, custom cabinets, and a cool pillow collection.

Debbie has been one of my biggest cheerleaders since I started this floral journey.  I was so excited to see the process behind the rainbow magic.  She invited me to her studio, and gave me a brief rundown of how it all works. Here, she works diligently, cutting glass (and sometimes herself), polishing pieces, sending personal thank you cards, packaging and shipping etc.  Her only coworker is her lovable cat Bella.

Rainbows and flowers go together like Forrest and Jenny so we had a little fun in her studio. All photos courtesy of Debbie Bean and myself. Check it out!

You can visit her here