Hi. I’m Dunja (“Doon-ya”) the designer and maker behind Doonyaya.

For me, home means made by hand. My mother is a painter and my earliest memories are of sitting with her in her studio here in upstate New York. While she painted, I drew the colors and shapes I saw around me – leaves and tree branches, street signs and traffic cones. These simple, beautiful everyday objects still inspire me today.

Each design begins with a sketch and then I experiment with pattern, repetition, and color. I screen-print each piece by hand in the 19th century barn I’ve converted to a contemporary design studio. Here in the historic Hudson Valley, I follow generations of artists and artisans who have made their living by working with their hands.

My formal training as an artist began at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where I studied photography and two-dimensional design. In the Bard College MFA program, I worked with artists across many disciplines, which helped me develop my distinctive take on bringing a clean contemporary aesthetic to traditional materials and forms.