SHOP:: MI + ED Design
LOCATION:: Milan, Italy
Where is your studio located?
I'm very lucky about the location of my studio. It's in a very beautiful and ancient part of Milan city, with gardens, old churches and winding cobblestones streets. It's a 30 minutes walk from my home which is perfect for me so I keep active. I either walk or use the bicycle.
How did you get started in your craft?
I've started printing different things after I left my stylist job. I always found printing techniques fascinating, I needed to reinvent myself and I enroll in lots of applied art courses. I started taking part in some handmade fairs and I saw that people liked what I made so I kept learning different techniques and expanded my range of products to include textiles. I'm inspired by small things in nature like leaves and patterns, but also by my cultural heritage.
What are the top 3 tools most important in your craft?
I would say one particular carving tool, a good black ink pen and tracing paper.
What is a typical day like in the studio?
The morning is the part of the day when I work the hardest. I usually get up around 7, drink a cup of coffee and walk to the studio where I work on the projects at hand until lunch time. Some days I'm having lunch with my husband who shares the space with me with his English school. During the afternoon I prefer to do things like research for materials and packing orders, sketching and keep my social media, especially my blog. Music is always playing when I'm printing, usually folk music or the opera and a mug of coffee is aways present on my desk.
What are the greatest rewards of creating something handmade?
Making things makes me incredibly happy. I lose track of time and space when I'm carving out a printing block or I'm printing something. To see the final product after the long process that takes me making it is the best thing ever. I love especially the fact that I'm using old techniques to make modern accessories. Rather than following trends too closely I try to develop designs. I believe handmade is an ongoing conversation between the maker and the buyer.
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