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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Featured artist...Alessandra from mapano

Enjoy this Sunday's feature meeting Alessandra from mapano and her lovely creations!

Tell us as little or as much as you would ilke about yourself.
My name is Alessandra. I live in Italy, near Turin and I am a happy wife and a busy mom of two little girls tempted daily to stay in yoga pants.

I'm crafter and creative and I like everything is original and unique.

Framed Home Decor
What do you sell?
Last year I opened my little shop on Etsy, MAPANO', with some creations entirely designed and assembled by me.
3D framed wall ornaments, home decorations, baby dummy keepers, hairbands and fiber jewelry decorated with delicate fabric flowers, copper spirals, beads and pearls.

Cotton, linen, silk and lace, but also twine and burlap are my favorite materials.

What's Mapanò?

MA, for MAMMA in Italian (mom in English)

PA, for PAPA' in Italian (dad in English)

NO, for NONNO in Italian (grandfather in English)

Mapanò is a project that includes ideas and skills of all three!

A beautiful way to live my family and create something unique with people I love!

Why handmade?
Above all I love handmade because is free expression of own imagination and creativity. Noone is able to handmake something like another one. All handmade creations are always unique and unrepeatable.

Romantic Flower headband
Where does your inspiration to create come from and/or your inspiration in life? Who has been influential in your craft work?

When I was just a little child, I started looking at my mother sew and it looked so funny! She teached me to use needle and thread and to create something new using only fantasy and my creativity.

My mother has been a big source of inspiration for me. Simple and always present, she teached me to be honest and to work hard and properly. She died 8 years ago after a long illness but she's always with me and in every smile of my daughters.

When I sew I lose my head and my imagination runs away in a romantic French cottage where I find my inspiration.

I love everything is country style and rustic but elegant and chic likewise.

Jersey Long Necklace
Besides creating what else do you do? Do you have a full time job?
When I'm not creating fabric flowers, I love listen to music (Broadway musical soundtracks, in particular), eat and cook (maybe too much!!) and dance like a crazy with my little two daughters.

I have a full time job. I'm Front Office and Event Manager in a five stars hotel in Turin.

I love my job, I love meet different people everyday and help them to organize their events.

This is a different way to live my creative passion!

French Rustic Home Framed Decoration
Where would you like to be in five years?
At this moment I not know exactly what the future holds for me.

I'll probably have to leave soon my full time job to follow my daughters (very very hard if your husband works far away all week long...), so it's possible that Mapanò, started like a creative hobby, will become a real job.

I'm thrilled and scared at the same time!

I'd like to be a mom that reads a story to her daughters before to go to bed and then works until midnight sewing in the silence of the night! Wow!

Ways to contact you:

E-mail geninatti.sandra@gmail.com


  1. Alessandra's flowers are so beautiful. I love the framed pieces! The business name is so creative! I hope she is able to accomplish her dream of the business full time soon.

  2. So pretty! Those frames would be perfect in a rustic weekend cottage by the lake.

  3. Way to go Alessandra! I wish you the best of luck :)

  4. Thank you for your kind comments and thank you Claudia for this beautiful opportunity!


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