Crafting Abroad: Anna

February 3, 2015Elena

Hello there! I hope all f yoi had a great start in the new year?! I’m here with a new interview for you: today I’d like to introduce you to Anna from Italy, please enjoy her answers and go and visit her blog afterwards – there are a lot of awesome ideas!
(Her blog is written in Italian, but you could use google translate. And some of her projects, like the ones she linked below can be found on a different site with an English tutorial!)


In your own words, who are you and what do you do? My name is Anna, on the web my nickname is AnnaDrai. I am an Italian architect and interior designer, but I’m a crafter and blogger at Café Creativo, too.

Where are you from? I am from Italy. I was born in Milan, where I lived and studied, but at the moment I enjoy my life in Ancona, in the hills near the sea.

What is the nearest “big” city or district to you? I live in a small town, Central Italy. The city of Bologna is two hour away. Rome and Florence are about three hours away.


What crafts do you like to do? Oh, what crafts do I not like to do?! I love to play with glue, paper, fabric and felt. I like cardmaking, scrapbooking, sewing… I love making home-decor, jewelry, I like to make recycled and experimental crafts projects… Unfortunately, we still only have 24 hours in a day! ;)

What craft supplies do you have a difficult time finding in your area? Ehm, there’s numerous things that I don’t find here. But I can get most things online. I like to buy even in craft exhibitions.

Are the costs reasonable or is crafting very expensive in your area? If you follow the latest crafting trends, the prices are very high. I try to buy things on sales. Also, you can be saved by looking for recycled items and alternative ways.

Do you use the internet or mail order products from other areas for hard to find items? Yes, of course. Online shopping is here usually the only way to find crafting trends or the missing bit of material.


They say that with recent popularity, crafting is a revolution of sorts. Is crafting huge where you’re from? Or is it the movement gaining momentum? Italy has a long tradition on crafts, which is gradually losing. But it’s also true that a new wave of revival is gaining here too, especially about hobbies and young talents.

Regionally, what type of crafts are popular? Traditional crafts that you can find around are jewelry, pottery, dressmaking… But young people are also very good at following trends: fresh modern sewing, crochet, papercraft, home-decor.

Are there any projects or genres that are specific to your region? I don’t know if there is a technique so specific, but Italian products have often been associated with quality, high differentiation, elegance, thanks to Italian artisans, especially about fashion, furniture and modern design.

Anything you’d care to add about crafting in your area? Many handicrafts are enjoying a renaissance thanks to the internet. It allows people to share patterns and tips or to showcase their work. The popularity of the internet among crafters means trends spread quickly, too ;)


Share with us your three favorite crafts/projects you’ve created!

(there are links to an English-speaking site or you can use google translate!)

Where can we find you? You are all very welcome to visit me at Café Creativo, and on Facebook.
Let’s also meet and share ideas on Pinterest :)


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