Saturday, February 1, 2014


Member Spot Light, StravaganzaArt

Let me introduce you to Valentina from StravaganzaArt!

Valentina had some great responses to the interview questions, and was pleasant in her conversation.

Etsy Paper:  Tell us a little about yourself.
Valentina:  Hi! My name is Valentina, I’m Italian and I live in Rome with my husband and my (criminal) cat. I’m an illustrator and a writer. Drawing and writing are my jobs, but also my greatest passion.
Home is where my cat is, home decor, wall art, print, illustration
Cat Print
Etsy Paper:  When did you open your shop on Etsy?
Valentina:  I opened my shop for the first time in 2010, it was only an experiment, and then I forgot it for three long years. When I remembered I had a shop on Etsy, I opened it on January 2013.

Etsy Paper:  Tell us about your shop.
Valentina:  I sell prints of my digital and original artwork, handpainted notebooks, original paintings and more! Find my shop here:

Etsy Paper:  What inspires you?
Valentina:  For me, inspiration is hiding everywhere. It’s in my favorite books, movies, or in old fairy tales. It's in the landscapes of my country, in the food I eat or in the music I listen to.

Etsy Paper:  Do you have a favorite quote to share?
Valentina:  Follow your dreams. They know the way. 
Notebook, handpainted pocket moleskine cahier, somewhere over the rainbow, wizard of oz
Handpainted Notebook

Etsy Paper:  When your creativity gets blocked/clogged, what do you do or where do you go to get inspired and create again?
Valentina:  In my job, creative blocks are frequent. When it happens, I can’t sit down at my desk, waiting for the inspiration. I need to go out, see my friends, or have a cup of tea, reading a book. My grandma said “If you wait for something, it never happens”, and I think it’s real. So if inspiration doesn’t come, I never wait for it, I do other things.
art print  "Ragdoll" sugar skull, wall art, home decor, illustration, day of the dead
Doll Print
Etsy Paper:  What is it about paper that you love?
Valentina:  I use paper for writing and for drawing, so for me, paper it’s a blank universe. I can imagine everything and create a new world, just with my pencil, acrylics colors or software! 

Etsy Paper:  What was your biggest mistake you made when starting out on Etsy? How did you fix it?
Valentina:  I thought selling on Etsy was easy. Listing an item and waiting for buyers. Then I realized that selling on Etsy is really complicated, (and selling from Italy it’s almost impossible). You need to follow your activity on Etsy everyday, make treasuries, join the teams, learn from other shops. Luckily, the Etsy community is full of people who want to help new sellers with their experience. There is a great sense of community and I absolutely love this.

I love how Valentina's answers are from the heart and really show just how whimsical and creative she is.  Her shop has a great variety of cute, sweet, inspiration, and even some items on the darker side.  I love that!
Take a few minutes and browse her buy from her shop, StravaganzaArt.

Until next time,
Etsy Paper Team, Captain


Julie Steed said...
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Handmade in Israel said...

Love Valentina's work and her answers make interesting reading too.

Joanna said...

Great interview and great shop!

Renee Reese said...

Thanks for posting this interview. A glimpse behind the scenes and into the artist's day are inspiring!

creativenimi said...

That's such a cute shop. I completely relate to what she says that she forgot the she opened a shop and reopened it. Inspiring interview.

Walter Silva said...

Super fun!

blush envy said...

Love the quote: I am no bird, no net ensnares me!
Words to live by!!! Great art work!