Sunday, February 17, 2013

Featured artist Roberta from Mairi Tales

Happy Sunday my friends today I bring to you Roberta from MairiTales she sells dollhouse miniature, jewelry, shabby chic accessories but do not be fooled  MairiTales also has a dark side(it's really a section in her shop)  :)  Enjoy!

1. Tell us as little or as much as you would like about yourself.
I'm Roberta and I live in Rome, Italy, with my husband.

Dollhouse Butterflies shabby chic shutter in 1/12 scale
2. What do you sell?
I sell little items handmade by me, mainly miniatures for dollhouse, fantasy polymer clay jewelry, home decor items.

3. Why handmade?
Because I think handmade is the best way to bring to life an idea, a dream. Another way I use to create is writing, I've written some poetry and short novels, but handmade creations are more immediate than writings.

4. Where does your inspiration to create come from and/or your inspiration in life?
Mi inspiration comes from my dreams, from books, role playing games, nature, internet, from all the world around me. It is a necessary way to create miniatures for dollhouse, to reproduce the world in 1/12 scale I have to watch and study all sides of reality.

5. Besides creating what else do you do? Do you have a full time job?
Despite a Natural Science degree and a Web Designer certificate I've done a lot of different and sometimes illogical temporary jobs and after the last one I've decided to use my time and my energy to create a job for myself. It is hard, I know, but at least it is not illogical.

Dollhouse mint pudding

6. When did you start thinking you were an artist?
I don't think to myself as an artist, maybe as an artisan, yep, I think it is a better way to consider me, for the time being.

7. Who has been most influential in your craft work?
Too many artists and artisans to make a list here. Anyway I really have to thank two of them: Daniela Messina and Silvia Cucchi, two great Italian artists.

Dollhouse Hyacinth in bloom

8. Where would you like to be in five years?
Here, in this very place, to create and write and dream.

9. Is there anything you'd like to try doing that you haven't done?
crafts, sports, life in general?
I'd like to finish to write a book. And have a child, finally.

Silver Dragon Pendant

10. Besides online where else do you sell?
I sell only online, via my Etsy shop or via email, four years ago I participated in Miniaturitalia, the only (and too far for me) Italian show for dollhouse miniaturists.  I did in four years in a row 2005-2008

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  1. Roberta'a work is so charming! Another great interview. :) I love how she decided to "create" a job for herself.

  2. Thank you so much :D I'm so happy to be here :) I love your blog, so fresh and joyful! Thank you Miss Val too for her nice comment :)

  3. Roberta, you are really creative and talented. Keep up with good work! And thank you Claudia for showing us her stuff :)


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