A couple of weeks ago I visited the little Etsy shop fric de mentol. The shop owner, Ana, a native of Portugal currently lives there and supports herself through making artwork. She sells original illustrations, and other gocco screen print pieces. All of the pieces are handmade, one of a kind and from what I can tell are constructed with a great deal of care. Her fascination with portraits, people, and nature is very evident in her work.
I purchased this card above from her shop. I have found that I need to see the work that I spot on-line in real life, to touch it, to confirm that what speaks to me on the Internet actually speaks to me in person. This is a responsibility I take seriously because people rely on me to have aesthetic certainty.
Yesterday, I received her package, which included the card I had ordered, and a trove of other darling treasures. She actually created a handmade thank you card, with hand embroidery and personalized lettering. But wait, there’s more. She also included a sweet little illustrated bookmark and business card.
Her work is stunning, sweet, and textured with character. I would venture to guess her heart is quite similar. I feel honored to share her work and recommend it to you.
Ana is having a spring promotion in her shop through April 10th, buy three gocco prints on paper and receive the 4th free (her choice).
Here are a few of her current pieces sitting pretty in her shop (not for long, I’d expect).
Oh and please do visit her lovely blog here. I will be visiting her shop again soon, I am certain.