Fiona Cartolina

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Gender Female
Industry Arts
Occupation illustrator/designer/business owner
Location Nelson, BC, Canada
Introduction Name: Fiona Richards - creative director/designer and owner of Cartolina Cards. I have never considered myself a trend follower. The only things I follow are my instincts. Collecting and creating have taught me to trust the art that moves me and question the fads that don't. I have a need to actively interact with vintage design - not just collect it and display it - it's a way for me to play with it and share it with others. Old steel engravings lead type wood block prints and hand written documents. I have a love of the old but a desire to be current. It's not that I am obsessed with everything old it's just a reality in the quest for artistic inspiration that one will inevitably often end up back at the old stuff - you don't find inspiration at Walmart! My studio is filled with the artful treasures and the design relics I collect on my travels to the markets and shops nearby and abroad. These are the things that have always inspired and influenced my work. The stationery business was a natural hopping-off point for me after years of working in the graphic design industry. The freedom to design simple everyday-elegance suits my style.