Our Story – A Shared Passion for Art and Design

Seeking a sense of community where he could advance his illustration skills and network with digital artists with similar interests, DejaBlue co-founder Thomas LaBadia joined a highly popular digital art group in late 2010. This group founded and managed by DejaBlue co-founder Kim Rene Draper was a destination for artists, like Thomas, to showcase and engage with artwork outside of the mundane, corporate and clean design work that so many artists become accustomed to creating in their professional lives. Unlike his very own professional design work, Thomas’s illustrations were very quirky and unusual. Thomas soon realized, he found his tribe. It wasn’t long after joining the digital art group that Kim approached Thomas about collaborating on a few art projects – and the rest is history. What began as a few fun side projects grew into a close friendship, hundreds of collaborations and the launch of the wildly successful website Elusive Muse; an inclusive art community that encourages artists to connect through sharing, collaborating and learning from the passion, creativity and talent of others.

Over the past decade, Kim and Thomas have had the privilege of building relationships with so many 
passionate artists, designers and craftsmen. Getting to know these artists and the stories behind their work has been an honor and a gift. DejaBlue was created to offer independent artists, designers and craftsman a place to share their stories and to showcase their unique work. In modern use, the term “Bohemian” is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. Bohemian-style home décor is for those who want their homes full of life, culture and interesting items that hold meaning. This aesthetic flies in the face of modern sensibilities and embraces the carefree, the relaxed, and the unusual. DejaBlue offers an unparalleled shopping experience while providing our maker community with a place to share their designs with the world. We believe that great art and great design can be life-enhancing.