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Butterbean Studios has been creating artwork and packaging for small businesses since 1999. Erin Pata received her design education from the University of Cincinnati, Design, Art, Architecture and Planning College where she studied with professors who had been influenced by the Bauhaus Movement in Germany. She also studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York City as well as the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. Erin worked as a designer at an environmental design company and at a toy company before taking her strict, uptight, elements of design skills to the agriculture world. It was here she blended them in with her own whimsical, free-spirit, illustration style to create a handmade, homespun, vintage style that maintains a sense of organization and quality. Her favorite clients are small businesses and mom-and-pop shops. 


University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

Graduation 1994

Graphic Design

Dean's List

Summa Cum Laude

Parsons School of Design

New York, NY


Editorial Illustration

Columbus College of Art and Design

Columbus, OH


Decorative Illustration


Freelance 1995-current

Santa Barbara County, CA

Client list: Santa Barbara Pistachio Company, Bo Derek, Leading Estates of the World, Marketing Bulletin Board, Jeannine's Bakery, Ojai Community Farmer's Market, Cava Restaurant, Seth Kunin Wines, Rancho San Julian, Los Olivos Restaurant, Heritage Goods and Supply, Ecomama Farms, Montecito Dental Group, Cloud Peak Expeditions, Kara Thoms Boutique, Santa Barbara Land Trust and many more.  

Jalama Road Family Farmstand 2010-current

Santa Barbara County, CA

An honor box farmstand wagon selling all our farm and ranch goods from beef to eggs to honey. Erin manages, packages and advertises the entire business from start to finish. 

Schmancy Purses 2007-2015

Santa Barbara, CA

A broadway show based purse design business co-founded with partner Laura Bell Bundy. Erin designed the line of purses and produced all the marketing materials for the Legally Blonde The Musical star. 

Sprecher Design House 1993-95

Santa Barbara, CA

A graphic design firm specializing in new business branding and marketing. Erin was senior designer and was responsible for all parts of the creative process with the client from concept to billing. 

Jeff Bisch Design 1992

Santa Barbara, CA

An industrial design firm specializing in toy design. Erin conceptualized and designed the packaging for toys.

Wetzel Associates 1992

Boston, MA

A national exhibit design firm specializing in the design of zoos, aquariums and museums. Erin was an intern and assisted in the design refinement and production of artwork for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Fitch RichardsonSmith 1991

Columbus, OH

An international design firm consulting in graphic, retail, industrial and information design. Erin was an intern and assisted with all phases of the design process from test marketing to production. 

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