Let's welcome this delightful artist and hear what she has to say about herself and her art. I truly enjoy meeting all the different artists, and hearing about what makes them "tick" and seeing all the different art mediums. I hope you enjoy reading about Raffaella of SOUL ART on ETSY. Don't forget to visit her shop by clicking on the links below. You might just find something you can't live without!
Hallo! I am an Italian collage mixed media artist, and I particulary enjoy creating wearable art using any combination of objects and techniques that I can think of! I live in Australia, my pieces are sold in selected shops, markets, online, and my work has been featured in local newspapers and magazines.
I have always been involved in creating "something", whether IT was for my job as a fashion designer back in Italy, or as a way to escape from it, and express my feelings and emotions in a tangible, more personal way.
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
That was a very easy decision as I do like to experiment with any sort of media and material, I like to try and invent my own techniques….so mixed media it was!
What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
Probably the challenge to transform an idea, convey an emotion into a tangible piece. I enjoy experimenting, the unconventional use of media, and the ever surprising result.
If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?
A pomegranate. A delicious fruit, a whole entity made up of many unique juicy bits.
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?
I mostly create Wearable Art using dominoes tiles and found objects, and collages on canvas and everyday discarded objects. So it is quite obvious that my message to the world is ‘recycle and re use!’ On a different level, my message will be ‘give’. My energy, my emotions and dreams are in my pieces, and I like to think that I am giving them to the world out there!
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
Be true to yourself, be proud of what you do, no matter how profitable your art may be. Create for your own sanity!
Raffaella, thanks so much for taking the time to share your work and thoughts with us. Great work and "insightful" answers! Below is the link to SOUL ART! Click on any photo to go directly to that item in her shop, or click on the SOUL ART link below the photos to visit Raffaella's shop.