Rivka lives in Jerusalem. She has a B.Ed in Mathematics and Computer Science, but followed her passion for art and design and became a graphic designer. Rivka opened an online Etsy shop where she sells her designs printed on items such as t-shirts, clocks, mugs, and more.Rivka’s hobbies include listening to music, reading books (especially sci-fi and fantasy), drawing and learning new things. She believes we can all make the world a better place if everyone will give a hand and want to make a change.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
I married before I was 20 and since the kids came one after another, I was a stay-at-home mom for a few years. After the 5th child was born I had the opportunity to study graphic design and this was love on first sight.
Why do you do what you do and how did you get started in the first place?
I started working as a freelance designer and opened my Etsy shop as a side income. After a few years I understood it’s much more fun to sell my own cool designs and I started working on my shop full time.
What is your specialty?
Cool unique designs printed on t-shirts, clocks, canvases and other stuff. I’m looking to expand the variety of products I print on.
How and where do you work?
I work from home, on my computer, often with a baby on my lap.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio?
A computer with an internet connection.
Where do you take your inspiration? Are you pursuing any themes
Every once in a while I start a new theme. The most obvious ones are holiday themes- Rosh Hashana, Purim, Pesach, etc., but sometimes I start a “Jewish Grandfather” or “Jewish nursery” theme. I’m inspired by current trends, worldwide news, nature, books, and more or less everything I see and hear.
What projects are you currently working on?
Jewish grandfather and Pesach themes.
What are your favourite items in your current collection?
I absolutely love the t-shirts, they are cool. But the coolest item in my shop is the “We Want Moshiach Now” wall clock.
How do you know when a piece is finished?
When I think people will say, “Hey- I want this!”.
Do you do bespoke work?
Yes, mostly I do. Just drop me a message.
What was the first artwork you ever sold?
A personalized card for Rosh Hashana and a few printable cards.
Which project have you enjoyed working on the most so far?
I love the Saba Sababa theme.
What do you want to achieve with your work and what are your wishes for the future?
I want to make people feel being Jewish is cool. That whenever they are looking for something cool, fun or funny that is also Jewish, they will be able to find it in my shop.
Where can we find your work?
© Rivka Bonan