Interview with: Anasousa


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone,

Today we have the pleasure of meeting Anabel, aka Anasousa, whose label crear es creer has been making waves on DaWanda since 2007. Anabel’s knitted, crocheted and woven creations have a warm and sunny boho aesthetic. She is great at using colour and texture to create unusual pieces which stand out from the crowd. When Anabel isn’t crafting, she’s busy blogging in three languages (yes, three!) about her adventures in the handmade world – check her out at http://crearescreer.blogspot.com/

Check out the Anasousa DaWanda store, and have a read of our interview with the lovely Anabel for a glimpse at how it all came to be:



Please tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m Anabel, I’m in my thirties (not telling the exact number…;)) and I’m from Argentina. I have been living in Europe with my lovely husband for two years so far.

How did you discover that you have creative tendencies?
When I was a child I always loved to make dresses and accessories for my dolls, then at the age of 8 my grandma and my mother taught me how to knit and crochet. When I went to college I did a craft orientation, so we worked with wood, paint, ceramic, etc. I also asked my mother to make my clothes with designs I invented. I studied international business and I forgot all this stuff for a while but when I travelled through South America with my backpack I saw all this beautiful jewelery, tapestry, hats, etc and that reconnected me with my craftswoman roots.

Where do you find your inspiration?
I really don’t know. I like photography and the mix of colors maybe comes in that way. But also from “haute-couture” and its shapes, textures, innovation… Street fashion is also interesting, not to follow all the trends, but to recreate them. Then the materials… when I receive my parcels with all that yarn it is impossible not be inspired… and what you can make with alpaca is completely different than with tweed or bamboo…

Do you have any role models/inspirations in the area of Design? If so, who and why?
Not specifically, but it could be a mix between Yves Saint Laurent for the elegance, Martin Churba (an Argentinian designer who runs “Tramando”) for his risky and engaged project, Pierre Cardin, Courrges (60’s era) and Hussein Chalayan for his futurism and “go beyond” attitude, Missoni for making knitwear a classic and great to wear for any occasion.

Which materials do you use to create your products?
I use a lot of natural materials. I love alpaca, llama, wool, hand-dyed yarns. And also silk, bamboo, cotton, linen. I also recycle lots of buttons and vintage pearls I find in flea markets.

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Please give us a brief summary of your creative process:
I’m not used to designing before I start. It is more a spontaneous act of creation. Then I try to document every step I make in order to repeat it. There are many stitches that inspire me when I make new designs, and if I see that it works I repeat it in different colors. I don’t like to make the same color all the time which is why I’ve decided to make “made to order” products.

What characterises your products/your style?
When I see all the collection together I can say it is a little indie-bohemian-chic-retro-rustic and easily wearable.

Who are your customers?
80% women (men are also my clients!) mostly from Europe. Men buy my “vestige” scarf and also bracelets, and big bags.

What do you want to achieve in the future as a Designer/Creative?
I would love to keep growing and learning from this new method of communication, and also why not one day have my own “atelier” to make little series’ of handmade accessories?

What role does DaWanda play in your daily creative life?
DaWanda is my principal selling venue. So it is very important for me to have all my products listed in here.

Please give us the names of three of your favourite shops on DaWanda:
Shoko
Eleanor Rot
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Has anything weird or wonderful happened to you on DaWanda? Have you earned some fans, or received any crazy customer orders?
I love my DaWanda clients! They come again, they ask for personal designs, the really follow me! I’m very thankful to be part of this community.

Any closing comments?
Have a wonderful warm handmade life.

Thanks Anabel! And remember, if YOU would like to be considered for one of our Monday seller interviews, then please send a filled-out questionnaire to azra[at]dawanda[dot]com!

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3 Comments

  1. Anabel (14.02.11 14:11 Uhr)

    Thank you so much for this interview! You rock! Keep encouraging handmade :)
    Anabel

  2. [email protected] (24.02.11 04:36 Uhr)

    Fabulous creations, Anabel!

  3. Barbara (05.03.11 18:15 Uhr)

    Anabel is a great artist and I really love her work, Great interview!!!

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