Before the birth of bunglo, artist and designer Shay Spaniola took her free spirited-ness and curiosity across the globe, filling her with cultural touchstones and a diverse color palette. Drawing from these influences, Shay brings a love for creating inviting, peaceful environments in everything she designs. We recently sent portrait photographer Arden Wray to Shay’s home studio to catch up with the maker and document a behind-the-scenes look at her creative process. Take a peek below!
What does a typical working day look like for you?
“I usually wake up early and try to get in some ‘me’ time – I always walk my dog, Hunter, head to the gym and set intentions for my day. Running a business is very time consuming, I find myself doing work on the computer most days and using my free time to design – this helps me separate ‘work’ from my passion. I feel so fortunate as I never feel like I’m actually working, bunglo is a dream come true and gives my ideas a place to grow freely. Sometimes I forget I don’t have to ask permission to launch a new product!”
How would you describe your studio space?
“I try to keep my design space as simple as possible! I love surrounding myself in a clean, white and modern space – I always hang my designs on my walls so I can see everything in collections. I like to have candles lit, fresh flowers on my desk and a notebook for new ideas – I want my space to feel peaceful as I aim to create home goods to enlighten homes!”
Where do you seek inspiration?
“I started bunglo in a little watercolor notebook while traveling and have continued to carry art supplies with me ever since. The past couple years, I’ve been spending a lot of time outside, I find it quiets my mind and allows new designs to flow through me. From the intricate patterns found in nature to colorful villages I seek while traveling, I find my surroundings have a big influence on my work.”
Photography by Arden Wray