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Portuguese artist Vânia Romano crafts magical things with woodworking, crochet, and embroidery - often at the same time. Now, experience her unique brand of creativity, UT-style! Read on to find out more about the stories behind her enchanting designs.

Fall in love with Vânia's "Kiss Me" frog prince design! It's available in machine embroidery and hand embroidery versions for your fairytale stitching pleasure.

Tell us a bit about your background -- what led you into art and when did you begin?

My name is Vânia and I was born in Lisbon, Portugal, where I live and work. Creating things has always been a constant aspect in my life, even though I didn’t know what I wanted to do exactly. I’ve studied many different areas such as cinema, design, art and jewelry, always searching for something to fulfill my creative needs. I’m currently dedicating myself full-time to my creative work, and it’s been a great experience.

Tell us about your design and the story behind it.

My major interest as a crafter lies on the emotional relationship between our body and objects and the connection we made with them through life. I design pieces that make me happy and my goal is to make the person who use one of my pieces to feel the same.

How did you get into embroidery? What inspired you to work on wood?

I started to embroider a few years back when I was working on a project that required using fabrics. With time and after many crazy experiments and combinations, I was able to combine my embroidery work with wood, which for me is my new way of drawing, where thread is my pencil and wood my paper.

What inspires me to use wood on my work is the appeal to touch, which is a natural characteristic of this material and the fact that is rich in textures. I think about my work as a tactile experience.

Since my dad is a carpenter and I grew up surrounded by wood, I could say that I have a strong connection with this beautiful material.

What influences/inspires your designs?

I get inspired by ordinary things, mostly things related with childhood, "happy" things, and somehow, by the natural world, a single piece of wood could be my trigger to create something.

What’s your studio/workspace like?

It's small and messy sometimes! I have a small space for all my tools and supplies. It's a mix of wood boards, a lot of yarn and embroidery floss, and sketch books. One aspect that I really enjoy is my working table -- I love old scratchy tables.

Finally, if you were a Crayola crayon, what color would you be?

I’m feeling very Scarlet!

If you would like to check out more of Vânia’s work, you can check out her website, visit her etsy shop, and say hi on facebook!

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